It is a known fact that the University of Michigan is made up of predominantly white students. Many students, however, are unaware of the actual demographics of undergraduates, and thus unaware of the effects of being a minority on campus.
I grew up drawing eyelids on all of my stick figures so that they could look pretty — well, as pretty as a stick figure could get. I took long looks in the mirror and touched the soft space above my eyelashes, miserable about the fact that I had been born with monolids.
I think that student orgs offer an important opportunity for students from different backgrounds and perspectives to come together to do work they are passionate about. As part of my work for a student org, I have been helping to organize social justice workshops for high school students.
I am writing this almost a year later, wondering how it can still be taking over my life. It tears at my soul like a nasty disease; it pauses briefly, giving me a moment to gasp for air, before it sinks its claws back into me and pulls me under.
Everyone has bias. I don’t believe in human objectivity. Whether you are informed or not, that’s your bias. If you do or don’t care, that’s your bias. This story is my bias. Before you read this and either support me or hate me, just understand that I have bias.