Transy Not Immune to Acts of Prejudice

by Amanda Holt
Staff

A problem with discrimination has surfaced recently just minutes down the road from Transylvania at Georgetown College. It is easy to look at the situation at Georgetown and think that nothing like that could ever happen on our own campus, but, as surprising as it may sound, it can and has.

In fact, just this past weekend I witnessed an incident during Transy’s matinée performance of “Aloha, Say the Pretty Girls” that reminded me that discrimination is not an issue foreign to our campus.

The characters of Joy (first-year Whitley Chafin) and Wendy (sophomore Trista Taboada) prepare to share a kiss during a performance of “Aloha, Say the Pretty Girls.”

During a scene in the play in which two female characters share a kiss, two women in the audience disruptively gathered their belongings, left the theater and did not return.

While this incident is far from the blatant racial slurs that allegedly occurred at Georgetown, and while the two women were not Transylvania students, it should remind us of the discriminatory attitudes that exist around us.

It should also remind us of how quickly those attitudes, if unchecked, can escalate into disruptive behavior like that of the two women or even to destructive behavior like that which allegedly occurred at Georgetown.

Even though the women at the play had the right to walk out, it is troubling that some people cannot even bear to look at an expression of romantic love if that expression occurs between two people of the same gender.

While the incident at Georgetown specifically involved racial discrimination, and the incident that I witnessed involved discrimination of sexual orientation, the act remains the same despite the difference of target.

As a student body, we cannot control the actions of visitors to our campus. We can, however, control the image that we present to our community, and that image should be one that rejects discrimination of any sort.

The students at Transy should take this incident as a reminder not to brush off discrimination as something that just happens outside the Transy Bubble. Instead, we must remain conscious of our attitudes and actively work toward preventing actions such as those demonstrated by the women that walked out of the play.

We should not, like those women, keep ourselves blind to the reality that differences exist among people. We must try to embrace those differences and keep Transy a place in which all members of our community feel welcome regardless of race, sexual orientation, ethnicity or otherwise.

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