Speed-Racing Event Promotes Cultural Diversity

“There is segregation and racism everywhere,” Rebecca Gobin, an Olivet student from Guyana, said. “I try to deal with it as best as I can.”

Gobin was just one of the many multicultural students at the speed racing event that took place on Friday, April 7.

The speed-racing event was a spoof-off of speed dating, hosted by Olivet’s Social Justice Club. However, instead of talking one-on-one, a small group of people talked to one or two people about their multicultural experiences.

Avery Gutwein, the vice president of the Social Justice Club, said that the club was interested in organizing the event partly because in normal social settings, people would not ask this stuff.

“We had lot of people who wanted to talk about race relations.” Gutwein said.

Besides Rebecca Gobin, other students who participated in the event included Jerry Moreland, Alynn Franklin, Bianca Valencia, Devin Kirkland, Daniel Villagomez, Charles DeLoach and Daneli Rabanalez. There was even a criminal justice professor representing the Caucasian race—Dr. Craig Bishop.

One of the topics that came up multiple times during conversations among people was about how they were treated in the past because of their race.

“I would get asked why I don’t sound black,” Devin Kirkland said, one of the people representing the biracial race. Because of this, she has spent a lot of years wondering what it means to actually be black.

Jerry Moreland, the other person who represented the biracial race, mentioned his confusion about not knowing what race he actually is.

“It has led to a lot of self-confidence issues,” Moreland said.  He also spoke against many of the stereotypes and generalizations that people have had between black and white people.

“There is no such thing as talking black, talking white,” Moreland said. “I believe that term is just rooted in racism.”

Charles DeLoach, one of those representing the African-American race, also talked about his experiences of being pulled over by the police because he was black.

“I’ve had experiences where I felt dehumanized when I was pulled over,” DeLoach said.

 

— Shannon Vandebuente, Staff Writer, and Abbie Mills, Photo Editor

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