Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Hartford College Students Invent New Slur
The Hartford Courant's Kathleen Megan reports from behind the iron gates of Trinity that students mobilized and rallied for a "zero-tolerance" policy on both racist and homophobic incidents on campus. While the well meaning students didn't articulate what exactly a "zero-tolerance" policy would entail, the rally was prompted after a recent racist and homophobic incidents occurred on campus.
Megan reports that while Trinity students use garden variety slurs, they have also added a slur of their own to their racist repertoire;
"Several students of color said that white students on campus often mistake them for "Hartford locals" — a term they said is used in a derogatory way.
When students use the expression, Hernandez said, it means "you're not good, you don't belong here." That's a message he said some students of color have gotten from other students at Trinity."
While this blog has previously explored some of the stark contrasts between the city and its institutes of higher learning, it seems that a select group of Trinity students have decided that not only did they just so happen to win the sperm lottery and be born into means rather than the inner city, but they feel that they are warranted in looking down their collective noses and that they are better people because of where they happened to be born.
A long time ago in a land much more blighted than Hartford, my father told me "there are only two things that are completely out of every one's control; where they are born and who there parents are." It seems to me that these Trinity students could have benefited from this advice.
The outlook of some Hartford students can vary from comedic to quite troubling. On the comedic side, while recently on The Colin McEnroe Show, Trinity students told of a fellow classmate who was told she had "street cred" because she ventured off campus to buy a soda. More troubling is when we overheard a student of another institute of higher learning state that when going out in Hartford he "brought his gun" in case any residents "tried something."
A Trinity student and future Sad City contributor sends us this note;
The irony of Trinity students using "Hartford locals" as a slur isn't lost on us. Trinity, with its annual tuition of over $50,000, is like many other Hartford institutes of higher learning, very expensive. So what these students (of all Hartford higher education institutes) should keep in mind in deriding Hartford, while paying significant sums of money to attend school here, is that they are just making it painfully obvious that they couldn't get into the Ivy League.
Now back to your regularly scheduled squash match.