open post for gender and race/media comments

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7 Responses to “open post for gender and race/media comments”

  1. Destinee Says:

    It’s genuinely unfortunate that someone could think that the young woman in the video “should not have crossed when she did.” Whether or not you feel the issue arose from racism or not, blaming the victim is highly insensitive. I really could not have such a “journalist” reporting the news that I watch..

  2. Chelsea Says:

    One point that I was surprised wasn’t made in our discussion is how the white community would have responded had the victim been white. I think that they would have been outraged that public transportation was not provided to the mall and even more so that the closest stop required for one to cross an intersection that had no crosswalks or sidewalks and was near a highway exit. While I do believe that this was an issue of race, it seems to me that the white community should have been outraged at the situation even if they did not think it was the effect of racism. Public transportation is one function of providing citizens safety and if it doesn’t serve that purpose, it is our duty to admonish its errors and correct it. As for the idea that she was stupid to cross, I didn’t notice from the video any mentioning of a pedestrian light (correct me if I’m wrong), it was snowing and the traffic light was red. Regardless, if it were your family, would that be your response?

  3. eric cuellar Says:

    I agree that blaming the victim in this case is wrong. While it “technically” was her fault for j walking, she should never have had to cross that street in the first place. I am half white and half minority so I know that there are subliminal racist acts like this that go on all the time. In the nice part of the city where I am from we had a movie theater open up and the people from my school felt like it was ours. They were mad when people from other areas of town started coming to it. This relates direcly because nice things are built in nice areas of town and people do not want “outsiders” coming to use it, which was the case of the mall. There are a lot of racist acts like this that go on, but sometimes it takes a dead body to notice. —P.S. I’d like to know how close a traffic light was to that bus stop

  4. Roxanna Says:

    I do agree this issue was based on racial issue, I believe that if it were a white victim the outcome would have been the same. I know more people, especially the white, would have been mad about it and try to make a change about the transportation. Just like with this victim the transportation route would have been changed. I just think that whether she was white or black, change in the route would have occurred. The racial issue was how the route wouldn’t stop in the mall in the first place because most of the people riding the bus were black. The issue was not based on whether the victim was white of black. I just hate how sometimes in order for something to change a tragic accident like this has to occur.

  5. Aaron H Says:

    Maybe I am too white to comprehend the other side, but who walks in the blind spot of an 18-wheeler? I understand the need for a Mall stop for Bus 6, and other inner city buses, but you cannot say that the young lady dying was racism. It was an awful accident that, immediately afterwards, was fixed: a bus stop was made inside the Mall parking lot. The effects would have been the same had a white person been run over.

    The matter isn’t so much about race, but more about economic standing. White people can be poor too, henceforth having to ride Bus 6 to work. The black community would not have been near as upset had it been a poor white girl run over as opposed to a poor black girl. Before jumping to the conclusion of “racism”, maybe people should look at the other factors involved.

  6. Keanna Says:

    The direct problem was a tragic traffic accident. Although considering the factors presented in class, it seemed like an act of racism. If the victim were a young white girl the outcome would have been the same, but the responses from both communities would have been different. The response from the media would have probably been different as well.
    The inner city poor community are usually black or hispanic, so I find it hard to believe that if the inner community was white then the bus route would’ve changed. What happened to that young girl has been terrible, and for no reason should she be blamed for trying to make to work on time. It’s just sad that it took her tragidy to prove a point.
    Also, as many students that j walk here at UT none can say that when walking around campus pay complete attention to the traffic.

  7. Destinee Says:

    “Maybe I am too white to comprehend the other side, but who walks in the blind spot of an 18-wheeler?” This is the kind of mentality that allows for the perpetuation of racist and prejudiced attitudes. Blaming the victim (whether white or black) is such an insensitive thing to do, but even if you ignore that, the issue is that she had to risk life and limb in order to make it across the street…She would not have died had there been a crosswalk, and there would have been a crosswalk were it not due to racist attitudes…So essentially, she did die because of racism….Hopefully whether you’re white, black, green, yellow or pink, that’s understandable.

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