UT student feels racial divide is evident during homecoming

UT student feels racial divide is evident during homecoming

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In the article Rebecca Butcher writes, "In case you didn't already know, there are two different homecomings this weekend: parties full of white students and parties attended primarily by African-Americans and other minority students." In the article Rebecca Butcher writes, "In case you didn't already know, there are two different homecomings this weekend: parties full of white students and parties attended primarily by African-Americans and other minority students."
"I completely agree with it," said UT student Sharonica. "I think more so the minorities. We are so worried about going out and partying, as for at game, you see more white people at the games." "I completely agree with it," said UT student Sharonica. "I think more so the minorities. We are so worried about going out and partying, as for at game, you see more white people at the games."
"I think it's nothing new," said Rickey Hall. "You hear this on a lot of campuses. I think some of it is perception. First of all let me say, I think it's a mis-characteristic about two different homecomings because homecoming is about a football game." "I think it's nothing new," said Rickey Hall. "You hear this on a lot of campuses. I think some of it is perception. First of all let me say, I think it's a mis-characteristic about two different homecomings because homecoming is about a football game."
"To say it is that way completely just, it didn't really tell the whole story," said UT student Chris Bendeck. "I'm sure there are other elements involved." "To say it is that way completely just, it didn't really tell the whole story," said UT student Chris Bendeck. "I'm sure there are other elements involved."

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - An article in the local student newspaper at the University of Tennessee is causing controversy.       

A student journalist feels there is a major racial divide on campus.

She says it is specifically evident during homecoming.     

UT junior Rebecca Butcher wrote an editorial in The Daily Beacon titled 'Integration should be a priority this homecoming this year'.

In the article she writes, "In case you didn't already know, there are two different homecomings this weekend: parties full of white students and parties attended primarily by African-Americans and other minority students."    

Butcher says she is not sure how to fix the problem.

"I don't have any answers, but I think really the answers lie within everyone's own actions in terms of just interacting with people who you don't necessarily fall within most of the time," said Butcher.

Many students agree with Butcher about the divide.

"I completely agree with it," said UT student Sharonica. "I think more so the minorities. We are so worried about going out and partying, as for at game, you see more white people at the games."    

But others feel Butcher's opinion is wrong.

"To say it is that way completely just, it didn't really tell the whole story," said UT student Chris Bendeck. "I'm sure there are other elements involved."   

Five months ago UT hired Rickey Hall as the vice chancellor for diversity.    

He is not surprised by the article.

"I think it's nothing new," said Hall. "You hear this on a lot of campuses. I think some of it is perception. First of all let me say, I think it's a mis-characteristic about two different homecomings because homecoming is about a football game."    

Hall says all student events are open to every student, but it is up to the students to break the mold and attend different events.     

He says having this conversation is healthy.

"I think that's where we need to go next," said Hall. "We need to have this broader conversation around inclusion."    

Butcher ended her article with this line, "Instead of a 'black' homecoming and a 'white' homecoming, we could collaborate somewhere in the 'smokey' gray middle."    

UT's vice chancellor for diversity says every month they have a diversity dialogue.

This is where students can discuss the issue and find ways to improve diversity on campus.

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