Editorial: Haters Gonna Hate

Discrimination, in every sense of the word, is prevalent on college campuses throughout the United States. Drawing attention to this discrimination is important, but we can’t help but wonder if these rallies that bring attention to hate have any lasting impact.

These rallies emit positive images about change and acceptance, but the feelings can sometimes be fleeting. There are multiple philanthropy events taking place in the coming weeks, each of which raises money for its respective cause. This past week, Colleges Against Cancer raised over $6,000 for cancer research. Over fall break, Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity will run from Lewisburg to Washington, D.C. to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association. Would it be productive to raise money for LGBT and civil rights organizations? We are aware that the organizations present have fund-raising opportunities and we know that they are more successful in raising awareness and aid than a rally does.

What exactly does it mean to “stop the hate”? How exactly can we stop people from hating?

Rallying for something like this is a great concept, and we don’t mean to sound pessimistic, especially in light of the recent Campus Climate Report. Theoretically, it is a great idea for a great cause; however, in practicality, it is incredibly difficult to change the fundamental views of the hateful and spiteful. It is impossible to control an entire population. Raising awareness about hate is not going to change someone’s mind, especially if he feels strongly enough about a certain issue as to ‘hate’ it. But frankly put, a rally will not stop ‘haters from hating.’

 

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