Bid Day Racism Is Not to Be Taken Lightly

Mary Higgins, Daily Tar Heel, September 12, 2012

TO THE EDITOR:

As a former sorority president, I remember the anticipation of bid day. At my undergraduate institution, we referred to it as “second Christmas” because it was so exciting to welcome new women into our sorority.

However, I saw an event on Thursday that greatly diminished Bid Day’s intended sense of welcome by its display of ignorance and stereotyping.

Members from a sorority celebrating bid day had plastered a huge sign across their house proclaiming “Mi casa es su casa.”

While this sentiment is understandable given the purpose of bid day, the way in which it was executed is inexcusable.

What first attracted me to look at this house was the mass of sorority members standing outside in ponchos, large fake mustaches and sombreros.

As a Latina, I was appalled by this flagrant demonstration of stereotyping and racism. To provide such a caricatured and unidimensional depiction of Latinos is offensive, disappointing, and embarrassing in its ignorance.

Would sorority members and their advisers feel it was acceptable to house a bid day centered on African-American stereotypes, complete with blackface and doo-rags? I can assume that even this suggestion makes people’s stomachs churn.

Why, then, is it acceptable to systematically express racist sentiments toward Latinos on campus? The fact that this theme could have been sanctioned by this sorority’s executive board members, advisers and national council is abhorrent and reprehensible.

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I would like the ladies involved, in particular, to reflect on what negative stereotypes they themselves are perpetuating by planning and partaking in these events. What you are telling the world (Latino or not) is that sororities are full of bigoted, ignorant white women.

Is this really how you want to represent your sorority and Greek life? Furthermore, for those not involved: When we remain silent in the face of racist attitudes and events, we are just as culpable as those who take part in them.

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Mary Higgins

Ph.D. candidate

Clinical psychology

[Editor’s Note: The comments at the original article are quite funny.]

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  • More evidence that multiculturalism and diversity does not work. I’m sure her sorority
    sisters were simply pandering to latinos they way our government and media does. No ill will intended, but of course, you cannot win with these uber-sensitive hispanics.

  • Ulick

    “When we remain silent in the face of racist attitudes and events, we are just as culpable as those who take part in them.”

    Hey, Mary, if you really care about people getting hurt from racism, then write an article on your above sentence directed at the black community and their leaders.  Tell them that when their sons and daughters, nieces and nephews crush some white guy’s skull during a 20-on-1 attack and the black community remains silent — then they’re just as culpable as the thugs crushing white skulls.  After all, that’s far more important because it would prevent people from not only getting hurt by racism emotionally but also physically.

    But you won’t do that will you, Mary?  The truth is you don’t really care about racism.  You just care about racism directed at the group that you identify with (Latinos).  The only people that seem to really care about stopping racism that affects those outside their race are white people.

    And even if you did care about racism in general, Mary, you still wouldn’t call out the black community would you?  No, that’s unfashionable and you could run the risk of looking racist (oh my!)  Further, you’re probably aware that some blacks might be angry enough to physically attack you.  It’s much easier to call out whites on their alleged racism because that’s fashionable and you know that their will be no adverse reprecussions for you doing so. 

  • Up to my neck in CA

    Mary Higgins
    Ph.D. candidate
    Clinical psychology

    She points the “candidate” part out after crying racism, most likely in hopes of being thrown a major bone ($).

    • Or she’s daring the dissertation committee to reject her thesis, as if to hint that she’ll scream *-ism. 

      BTW, good job to those of you regulars here at AR who went over to the original article to make comments there on their own Disqus-based system. I recognize many of the screen names.

      • Dean_Wormers_Hot_Wife

        I resemble that comment.

        And all AmReners should disqus on WND and Breitbart, with links back to us.

        • anonymous_amren

          Strangely, your comments all got deleted… yet mine did not. And I piled on the race realism and complaints about white genocide pretty heavily.

          • Dean_Wormers_Hot_Wife

            I dared point out the obvious about their Diversity problem per Eve Cason.

  • IstvanIN

    It seems they were not insulting “Latinos/Latinos”, it seem they were dressing in traditional male Mexican attire.  It is my understanding that: 1) not all Latinos are Mexican, 2) that many Mexican males do in fact have mustaches, wear sombreros and ponchos.  (In fact many American men have mustaches). 

    These sorority sisters actually seem more likely to be guilty of anti-male bias.  This attempt at “male drag” is sexist and should not be tolerated.  I would close this sorority for five years and make the young women in question attend sensitivity training.

  • This does not appear to be that bad. I wonder what she would think if they were dressed as illegal aliens? I remember one halloween, there was a jail jumpsuit with the words  “illegal alien” on the back that caused some controversy. I was going to buy one of them but could not find it online after the story about it broke.

  • Oh yeah like I’m going to take a “wise Latina” CANDIDATE in “clinical psychology” seriously!  Funny that a wise Latina has a very NON latino last name of Higgins.  I guess she just didn’t want to stay with her flock and wanted to join OURS, and then criticizes OUR women.  Priceless!

  • Biff_Maliboo

    Mary Higgins (clearly a “Latina” name) is one of those beings that lives to be offended.

    What happened to the good old days where all sorority girls did was have pillow fights in lingerie?

  • JDInSanDiego

    Isn’t connecting “doo-rags” with black people racist, Seniorita Higgenez?

    • There is a legitimate reason for the “doo rags” black people use it so that their hair will be manageable in the morning.

  • bluffcreek1967

    “Mary Higgins, Ph.D. candidate, Clinical psychology.” That’s all you need to know to recognize that she’s deep into hating Whitey, supports multi-culturalism and worships political correctness.

  • IKantunderstand

    I’m sorry Ms. Higgins, but YOU have shown a blatant disregard for women who are obviously working out their feelings of being transgendered. Not only that, but White women who were trying to be transracialed. YOU are making my stomach churn. Where is the support for these brave, brave women? Oh, there’s a war on women allright, Ms. Higgins. And you are one of the supreme commanders.

  • potato78

    @susurs, I view the Swedish women exactly the way you describe the
    Finland women, masculine and rather prone to dominate the males
    . Am I right am I wrong, don’t know but that’s how I perceive them.
    Like if they wanted the upper hand in a relationship. Im not that type,
    Im independent but not an Amazone..:) . Are Finland and Sweden
    matriarcal societies? I believe so.

  • anonymous_amren

    Seriously, go check out the comments at the article. They’re great. Much better than here.

  • MarcusTrajanus

    “As a Latina, I was appalled by this flagrant demonstration of
    stereotyping and racism. To provide such a caricatured and
    unidimensional depiction of Latinos is offensive, disappointing, and
    embarrassing in its ignorance. ”
    As a Latino I’m not the least bit offended, not in the least because that’s a Mexican stereotype, not a “Latino” one. Would a Canadian feel personally offended  because he saw someone dressed as a Texas Cowboy?

  • MarcusTrajanus

    “Mary Higgins” A few possibilities:
    – She’s a Mestiza married to a Mr. Higgins.
    – She’s a Mestiza with an Irish father or grandfather.
    – She’s a White Mexican of (partly) Irish descent who finds it convenient to make use of the Non-White Privilege benefits that were intended for the little brown people (to make up for all the discrimination they suffered in the incurably racist country into which they invited themselves).

  • William_JD

    1.  Latinos aren’t a race, so these stereotypes can’t be “racist”.
    2.  How in the hell are sombreros a “negative” stereotype?
    3.  Get over it, or go live among people like yourself.