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Date1942 May 22
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CollectionDaily Egyptian Diversity News Archive (Southern Illinois University Carbondale)

Last week Edward Copeland, in a "Letter to the' Editor, " expressed his views on recent, campus flareups. As a student, Mr. Copeland has expressed. the view that is held. I believe, by many students when he says that he does not believe it necessary to have distinct representation for the Negro students here at Southern I. also. agree with Mr. Copeland 1Hz that respect. 100%. I believe, , as: he. does, that the Negro' students can go to the poll and express themselves as does every other student who. wishes to. share the burden. of. self-government. As he said, there really. should be no. great deciding difference which should' necessitate special. representatives. But for clarity and completeness, Mr. Copeland, let us look, at the matter again.
The Negro students here on. the campus, heretofore, have been' denied, actual participatiOn in campus activities as students. In order that the Negro could get consideration and in order that consistency could be practiced, special representation Was asked. The practice of saying, "You. are students", and then have them treated. utterly. NOT as such, , shows inconsistency. And inconsistency Is what the flareups. center, around..
Look around. you, Mr. Copetand, awl. observe the difference. Look at the picnics given for: the students and note the restrictions. Is there any. reason why:
the picnics of a given. class, should held to gether? Note the unlawful: restrictions., at the. "jelly joints" surrounding' the campus: and in the town. Note the inconsistenèies.
Even though I agree with you somewhat, Mr. Copeland, I ant surpriled' to see you' showing such. unsound' thinking as to be surprised' at me for trying' to as you said, to "right the wrongs" of this old school I' love:
and appreciate this school, Mr; Copeland, and I will miss it as much as anyone when I leave in May. But I think no one is above reproach. And when there is a wrong, don't you believe it shoflid be righted? That, desiring to right all wrongs of our school, should be the task or us all. We cannot contihue closing our eyes to wrongs. Too often, we are, content to. sit back: and, . wait We' put up With a lot of things, . hoping, and waiting for. someone to take the initiative in righting wrongs.. We. are too passive, and take too lunch for granted. The wrongs of this lnsti tution can only be righted by the cooperation of its all:
There is nothing in the request for representation except a desire to participate as students, a desire to place consistency on a pedestal You are right ía saying that there should he no special groups in the representation; but you should have carried it further and said that there should be no special groups worthy of being denied: Why don't you. Mr. çopeland. "try and make , us forget, not to reniember. that' my.' people are of a different race in so far as this is concerned." I would. like to. have a talk with you, Mr. Copeland, and I hope we can arrange such a. talk We might be able, to; kelp' each other in seeing thefl campus and life as they are. As a closing thought, remember, Watson's article, in which he said that. the Negro should grow. tired. of. seeing these malpj'actices In polities flourish, and add to that all nialpractices Don't you agree, Mr. Copeland? If you. desire verification, of these statements or any statement in the part articles written. by me, the "illustrious muse" will l)e glad to oblige by. supplying evidence.
To the many. readers of this column who have sent me letters, I wish. to express my appreciation and: my thanks. Especially do I: wish to thank. Leo Hutton of St. Louis, Mo., and' Yvonne B. Morgan of Staunton. Va. I. wish to ask each of you to be as good to the succeeding author of "Dark Musings", Earl. Brooks whom I know will also appreciate your letters as I have. I wish. to take this way. of answering the letters received because time would not permit me to answer. them !ndividualb'. I have enjoyed hearing from, you' and I hopeS you will continue wilting.
The best way to solve any problem is' first to discuss it so that you can see clearly the confticting. issues. This is a well ‘known fact as any sociologist, or. psychologist, will tell you. rp he first principle of mental. hygiene is, "face reality." We can not always dismiss problems by writing a. few lines, for the problenis will still remain.
A paper of the students exists for the benefit of the
students. The' problems of the students on the calm pus are worthy of recognition by the press. The press should' not be overly dominated' by faculty members; It then ceases' to be' a student publication. What' the student writers write Is not necessarily the' views of the editor and should' not' be so designated or thought of by the students; it is the job of a good editor to let the students have their say.
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