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Why wont universities tackle racism head on?

On a trip to my universitys library last week, I passed through the gatehouse of one of Cambridges ancient colleges. As the staff member on duty waved me through, I noticed someone else who didnt seem to be having as much luck.”Are you a member of the university?” the man was asked, in slow, simple English.Its no rarity for passers-by to be stopped here – the college charges admission for tourists. But if youre not brandishing a huge camera, youre unlikely to have trouble using this through route. And this lengthy cross-examination was quite something. Needless to say, the man was not white.When, after several minutes, he satisfied the gatekeeper with his credentials, I asked him why he thought he had been stopped. The man, who turned out to be a lecturer from another university, resident at Cambridge for six months, sighed and chuckled. “I think we both know why,” he said.

via Why wont universities tackle racism head on? | Education | guardian.co.uk.

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