This past week, African American faculty at Harvard Law School were defaced. They each had strips of black tape on their faces. This act represents the ongoing racism that is still highly prevalent in our society. It surprises me how someone can do such an act and show such a lack of respect for their professors. In the past three months, so much has happened. It seems like every week there is a new story about a racist act. It is just baffling to me.
Acts like these demonstrate that people of color do need more resources on college campuses. However, both funding and low numbers of faculty contribute to the challenges to obtaining strong resources. There is a small amount of African American faculty represented across colleges. A professor from Michigan State University, Joe Darden, expresses, “We’ve lost ground and black faculty members are not being added to universities in numbers now. There is no push to increase representation.” There needs to be a push to increase representation and funding in these types of programs, if we want to start to attempt to have more diverse and understanding college campuses.