The Square Circuit

Academia, parenthood, living in a bankrupt city, and what I read in the process.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

NYU college republicans

I wasn't very fond of NYU when I was there, but this certainly wasn't something I would have expected:

'[M]embers of the [NYU College Republicans] who present their N.Y.U. identification become immigration agents looking for an illegal in the crowd. The agent who successfully identifies the illegal immigrant wins a gift certificate.

Students have sent club officials e-mails calling the the event “racist” and “disgusting.” But the club said it is about stoking debate on the issue of illegal immigrants.

(Further clarification — it seems that an “actor” will play an “illegal immigrant,” wearing a label saying as much. The first contestant to find him or her in the crowd will win a prize.)

On today’s illegal-immigrant hunt, Sarah Chambers, the 21-year-old president of N.Y.U.’s College Republicans, told The A.P., “It’s not a racist event, first and foremost. Just because we don’t want illegal immigrants being able to completely disregard the laws of our country doesn’t make us racist.”'

I don't quite know what to think about this. Does this mean NYU has finally achieved its goal of leaving behind its educate-the-children-of-city-immigrants identity and ascending to quasi-Ivy League status--a haven for the white and smug?

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  • At 12:01 AM, Blogger Haze Ablaze said…

    You know, between this and the cross erected there, well, I'm having serious doubts about my native state (which leaves, gasp, Los Angeles???)

    This country scares me.


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