Monday, October 22, 2012

Race Hustler AA Student Writes of Her “Victimization” at the University of Michigan


Illustration by Megan Mulholland

Posted by Nicholas Stix

I looked up “Erika Ross” + “Ann Arbor,” to check out this individual’s paper trail, in terms of activism, writing, etc., but only found one black Erika Ross in Ann Arbor, a former U of M student. So, either there’s more than one black Erika Ross in “A2,” as it’s known, or the writer misrepresented herself, in identifying herself as a junior.

Then again, I have no doubt that she misrepresented Ann Arbor, which is one of the most pc college towns in America, up there with Berkeley, Austin, Madison and Cambridge.

My comment follows Ross’ screed. I was surprised that the editors of the leftwing school paper, the Michigan Daily, would actually publish it. If you hit the link at Ross’ title, you can go try and post your own comment.

My concern is that millions of white students enter college not knowing anything about the rich black tradition of campus hate crime hoaxes, and of racist, black AA admits writing essays in the school paper like the one below. The white students are bombarded with official and media propaganda, telling them that colored students are being constantly victimized, they see tearful black coeds “courageously” telling tales of woe, and between the political pressure and their own decency, they believe the scam, and even condemn skeptical white classmates as “racists.” They don’t realize until they’ve left school that they were taken for a four or five-year-long (or possibly 10-15-year, if they hang around to get Ph.D.s) ride, and by then it’s too late.

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Personal Statement: Being black in Ann Arbor
By Erika Ross
September 28, 2012
Michigan Daily

There I stood. Dumbfounded, heart racing, face red. She stared at me like I was a joke. I couldn’t believe the comments coming out of her drunken mouth. She was just so … ignorant.

Have you ever felt out of place, disconnected from your surroundings? Have you ever had people stare at you like you’re obviously different? They look at you like they can see through you. They snicker, stereotype and think they know you better than you know yourself. If you share the same feelings, then you’re probably black and living in Ann Arbor.

Prior to coming to the University, I had always been comfortable in my own skin. Growing up as an Army brat, I had never thought of my race as a limitation until I started college.

My introduction to the University came in the form of Summer Bridge, an academic program for incoming freshmen that serves as a “bridge” into college life. Though I consider my experience at Bridge to be one of the best in my life, there’s much that comes with the territory. Since the majority of the students in the program are in-state, inner-city black students, some people see it as nothing but affirmative action — a way for the University of Michigan to pay its debts to the black community.

I remember going with some friends to Noodles & Company on South State Street that summer. While explaining to them how to order, I noticed the cashier looking at us out of the corner of her eye. As I stepped up to the register, she turned to me and said, “You guys must be a part of the Summer Bridge Program.” I nodded, but asked how she knew.

“Well, my old suitemate was in the Summer Bridge Program, and she was black,” she said.

I could have been a returning student, or a kid here for orientation. Though I don’t think she meant it maliciously, I wondered if I was the only one who heard it. But my friends, a lot of whom had encountered this form of subtle racism before, were unfazed by her remarks.

I encountered similar situations throughout my first year at the University. In classes, fellow students would make insensitive remarks about the black community, forgetting I was there. When I went to the University Hospital for a check-up, the nurse asked me what college I went to, despite my maize-and-blue outfit.

For the most part, I ignored these comments. But on one particular night, I lost control.

I had gone to visit one of my friends in South Quad Residence Hall. The two of us were laughing and talking about guys we knew. My friend repeatedly used the word “nigga” to describe the guys.

One of her roommates came in, a rich white girl from the West Coast, asking why was it OK for us to call each other the N-word when we got so upset if a white person used it.

I explained to her that we used the term as a way to describe an ignorant person, but she couldn’t fathom it.

She turned to me. “Well, if you don’t want me to call you ‘nigga,’ you shouldn’t call yourself it.”

I tried to ignore the girl. She told me that I was from Detroit (I wasn’t) and the only reason I had been accepted to the University was because of affirmative action. She explained to me calmly that she felt that black students used their “blackness” to get by in life and through college. After this, she claimed that she wasn’t racist.

I felt particularly combative that night. I felt the need to defend myself. She assumed I had the same background as other students she had met on the basis of my skin color.

The confrontation continued.

“Well, I’m sure you have financial aid,” she said. “It’s so unfair that you get financial aid just because you’re black.”

The room was quiet. My friend left the room.

The girl started to put her hands on me, trying to force me to listen to her. I don’t consider myself a fighter, but something in me snapped.

“Don’t touch me! You can get as loud as you want in my face, but don’t touch me,” I shouted.

My entire body grew warmer and warmer.

“I swear, if you touch me again, I will drop you. Right here, right now.”

“Well, do it, since you think you’re black and bad,” she screamed.

I tried to walk away. But the girl decided she wasn’t done with me and pushed me down the stairs twice. People came out into the hall to see what the commotion was about.

“Get her away from me,” I screamed.

She pulled me off the stairs again. But this time, I reacted quickly. Before I knew it, my hands were around her throat. She gasped for air.

At that moment, I blacked out. I remember only being dragged outside by my friends, crying and screaming with rage. It had to have been the grace of God that saved her life and mine. She had gotten the best of me, but I had let her.

I find it funny that people categorize the South as a backwards-desolate area. I’m from the South, and I’ve never experienced as much racism as I have in Ann Arbor.

Though I want to make it clear that the University of Michigan as an institution isn’t racist — I’ve never been made to feel out of place by faculty members or by the University itself — the people I encounter from day to day can make me feel completely disconnected from the rest of my surroundings.

The girl I fought with represents something more than an isolated incident. She represents the lurking racism that the black community in Ann Arbor experiences on a daily basis. The worrying, the need to prove ourselves wherever we go, the walls of self-defense we put up — all these are things I’ve developed after spending a few years here.

To my friends, I am the Oreo: the black-white girl who never hung out with other African-American students until she came to college. But to the rest of the University, I’m just another black person walking the streets.

Erika Ross is an LSA junior.

N.S.: I am writing this response for the sake of young whites who have come to A2, and who are not yet familiar with the phenomenon of the campus race hustler.

I am not interested in “dialogue” with Ms. Ross, because you cannot have dialogue with a racist liar.

That she was admitted to U of M via the Bridge Program leaves no doubt that she was an unqualified, affirmative action admit. That she denounces a white cashier for making kindly small talk, after correctly identifying her as a Bridge student, shows that it is Ross who is the racist. The white nurse showed her kindness; Ross likewise denounced her as a racist.

There’s a 1960s’ term for people like Erika Ross: “People who won’t take ‘yes’ for an answer.”

Condemning white kindness as “racism” is a stereotypical response of the incompetent, racist, black AA admit. You are going to see this again and again, in school, in the workplace, and elsewhere. The nicer you try to be to blacks like her, the nastier they will be in response, like poster Damien Reaver. They see all kindness as weakness. They hate you.

Note, too the sense of racial privilege that Ross shares with many commenters: Whites must walk on eggshells around them, slaves to their whims, even though Ross, et al., will condemn whatever they do.

As for the “rich white girl” whom Ross claims attacked her, if you believe her story, I have a great deal for you on some Florida swampland.

The next thing you know, Ross will be marching with other black AA admits, after engineering a campus hate crime hoax, demanding ever more black skin privilege.

There is no kinder, safer, supportive place to be black than A2.

Nicholas Stix


Anonymous said...

The gullible people who take the tales of characters like Ms Ross at face value never learn.

David In TN

Warlord1958 said...

I live not far from A2. "Dey sho lubs dem sum AA". And don't forget Ypsilanti and EMU next door, also known as "Negro Happy Hunting Grounds".....for white victims. A very large geographic area of "gibs me dat".

Enoch Powell said...

"They see all kindness as weakness. They hate you."

I've noticed from personal experience that Blacks not only take "kindness from Whites" as weakness, they actually perceive it as being condescending and hostile. Kindness from Whites also pre-empts Blacks' natural state of rage by taking away the reason for their most cherished emotion. They resent that.

The fact is that Blacks have the social skills and subtlety of a jackhammer and the impulse control of an enraged badger. That combined with the fact that their responses to EVERYTHING are based on irrational emotion, means that you really can't deal with them constructively.

Blacks are like bad children. You will note that even the law doesn't consider Blacks fully responsible for their behavior.

Anonymous said...

This is a work of complete and utter fiction. Racism as the writer described would get the average collegian expelled so quickly their head would spin. The trouble with blacks these days is whatever they get it's not enough. They want to be viewed as godlike and wisdom drenched when it couldn't be further from the truth.