Eppenbaugh: Racism & Engineering

Purdue Engineering

 

It is a given that students in college will always try to find some way to make life a bit more exciting in between studying at 3am, researching a group project at the library, and taking endless amounts of exams. These extra-curricular activities range from bar runs, to frat parties, to minor mischief. However, a group of students at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana decided to pass the time by creating a music video. At the same time, they proved that engineers lie about how much work they actually do. A bunch of engineering students, created a parody song titled “This is Engineering,” of the song “Thrift Shop,” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. In the video they sing about how they do a lot of work and dance around many of the classrooms on campus. They even get Purdue President Mitch Daniels involved in the video. Now who could potentially be against such a video (Indiana University fans not withstanding)?

Believe it or not there is someone who is against the video (and they’re from Purdue no less).  Bill Mullen, Professor of English and American Studies wrote an op-ed for the Lafayette Journal-Courier claiming that Purdue University should take down the video because there was not enough diversity in it. Professor Mullen makes “demands,” including taking down the video and providing money for a video with a diverse group. He gives no proof that the University directly funded this video. For all we know the students put up no money, and just asked various people throughout the University to use their equipment. As a member of the Purdue Anti-racism coalition, he makes a lot of assumptions about the video that help fuel racism.

It seems that people tend to understand things a lot better when Morgan Freeman is talking about any topic. He gave an interview on 60 Minutes with Mike Wallace on racism. Morgan Freeman gives the perfect solution for stopping racism, and that is to stop talking about it. It seems that there are too many people who still look at the color of a person’s skin. Dr. Martin Luther King believed that there would be a time where his, “four little children will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

Racism exists because we talk about it too much, not because we don’t talk about it enough. Politicians on both sides of the aisle use race to advance their own agendas. Whatever happened to looking at someone as a Man or a Woman? Either people have forgotten about it, or they’ve never been taught it.

Gary D. Eppenbaugh is a Guest Contributor. 

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