Underbelly of Hate?

Are we living in the same country?  Because I just reckon this guy is a precious petal

Canterbury University academic Ekant Veer has been flooded with support since returning his student-voted lecturer of the year award in a stand against an “underbelly of hate” and racism on campus.

Veer has received emails, calls, and more than 2100 likes on a Facebook post about his decision, and even had an email of support from Vice-Chancellor Rod Carr’s office – quashing his initial fears he might lose his job for speaking out.

He said the university itself was by no means racist, it was just the actions of some ”stupid individuals” that encouraged his decision.

He had not yet heard from the Students’ Association or the Engineering Society which organised the recent controversial RoUndie 500 event that sparked about 100 complaints of racism and sexism.

”I wasn’t expecting anything, I don’t need anything, but it’s nice to see the support.”

Veer, who is of Indian descent, said he first experienced racism when he was reading anonymous feedback from students in his first semester of teaching in 2010.

“In the section where it asked ‘what should be changed to improve the course’, one student wrote ‘his ethnicity’,” he said.

So you had a racist student.  So what?   They exist.   No need to throw your toys out of your cot and use being “of Indian descent” as a weapon.

Try being a woman.  You think women should give their awards back because there are misogynists in our society?

If you won the award for good work, you’ve just slapped everyone who’s ever supported you in the face, you idiot.    

It was “with deep regret” he yesterday returned his 2014 Lecturer of the Year award for the College of Business and Law.

While Veer thought the university was a “wonderful organisation” that was not racist, events like the RoUndie 500 event encouraged racism and sexism through participants being told to choose inappropriate themes.

“My race is not inappropriate. The gender of my daughters is equally not inappropriate but for people to jump on these old chestnuts in order to cause offence just continues to highlight this ugly underbelly. This is offensive and inappropriate.”

The university took swift action after complaints, he said, but the University of Canterbury Students’ Association had not taken ownership.

“I wanted an honest, clear, ‘We’re sorry, we didn’t realise, we won’t do this again’.”

Being offensive isn’t illegal.  Being offensive is a freedom.  What offends me may not offend you.  And so on.

Ekant Veer is an idiot.  And he’s right, the fact he’s an Indian idiot is irrelevant, except he uses it to focus on and try to make a point.

We all have a problem Ekant.  We’re too short, too tall, too fat, too thin, too hairy, too bald, we have buck teeth, we have a face like a horse, we have arses the size of a small moon, we are gingers, blondes, black, brown… we come from the UK, or the US, or India.

Diversity is everywhere.  Freedom of expression is everywhere.  And you are allowed to be upset about students that don’t value you for your skill but rate you on where you were born.

And you have the freedom to throw a paddy about it.

But let’s not change a thing.  It’s a delicious freedom.  Freedom of thought.  Freedom of opinion.  Freedom of expression.

Something universities used to be at the forefront of.

 

– Jody O’Callaghan, The Press


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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