Sue McPherson

Alumna HBA Sociology '93

"The day after the announcement, Shepard met with a group of black students involved in the incident to 'better understand and target issues of racism on campus,' according to a press release."

That should probably read, "and target incidents of racism…

In response to Guest Nov 4, 11:38 pm:

You say, "You seem to be intent on identifying specific acts of racism, and dismissing everything else as unworthy of attention."

But Oriuwa's only complaint was about a single action by a professor. She mentioned vaguely having been subje…

So I'm a classic example of "white fragility" (Guest Nov 1, 2019 10:36am)?

I'm not saying that racism doesn't exist, only that what happened in that classroom was not an act of racism. And the problem now is that the President of Western and Manina Jones, Chair of English Dept, are …

Response to Guest's Nov 1, 2019 1:58pm to the student.

Well said, although I think that some might be hypocrites or some might just be learning, trying it on to see how it fits. We join groups, and speak out politically while we are trying to find our way - just like profs do. I cam…

Response to Guest comment Nov 1, 12:06 am

This kind of reaction to slights by profs and others isn't new. But I only see things getting worse, from my perspective, ie, as black people become ever more demanding. This particular article is about the hate speech sent to Oriuwa, not ab…

UWO Alumna, BA Sociology '93

"Manina Jones spoke to them about the elephant in the room — their professor’s 'really regrettable' use of “racist language'”.

If you're all going to make an issue out of this I would to make sure the right things are being addressed. For one, I do…

UWO alumna, Sociology BA, '93.

"Jennifer Massey, the associate vice-president of student experience, wrote a statement posted to Western News.

'Fostering a positive campus climate for all students is a top priority for Western,' she wrote. 'Racism in any form is not acceptable…

UWO Alumna BA Sociology '93. In response to GuestOct 30, 2019 2:36pm, the prof should have given notice beforehand of the subject of his lecture. It is a sensitive issue and surprising the students with the topic of racism and the N-word is one that can provoke unintended reactions, depen…

To explain further, about circular reasoning, what first guest says are the causes of mental illness in some cases may well be the results - the "disorders". At least brain disfunction can be a result and not just a cause, and probably chemical imbalance too. As far as genetics g…

To Guest comment #5 (May 4)
The first guest first says we don't know enough about the causes of "mental" disorders, then changes that and assumes that that the causes of [mental] disorders are multifactoral, by which guest means, I think, that [mental] disorders are caused by …