The editorial on Tuesday was great – “Fight ignorance and stereotypes.” It was well-written and a good message about 9/11 and reactions to terror. However, I find it hard to believe that “this column represents the views of the Collegian’s editorial board” as it states.
Directly below this column is a cartoon with a stereotypical depiction of CU students as hippies driving a VW van and using expletives. Below this is another Collegian column with more than one stereotype of states, such as “Utah… thanks for all those copies of the Book of Mormon.”
Last Friday a column appeared in which CU fans were described as “egotistical,” “complete asses,” “obnoxious,” with their “true nature” as “obscenity-yelling, trash-throwing, and name-calling.” I would argue this is stereotypical.
Yes, these articles might be entertaining, but as the Tuesday editorial says: “Asinine stereotypes turn people into ‘us’ and ‘them’ and ignore individuals. We can’t villainize an entire group of people based on the action of a few, no matter how heinous.”
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