The Misplaced Anger of USC Students about Anti-Indian Racial Discrimination

In September of 2015, the USC Campus is up in arms.

A drunken USC frat boy shouted a racial epithet at an Indian student.

I am shocked.

No really.

I think it’s awful that some drunken frat boy made a rude and threatening remark to USC Student Government President Rini Sampath and I hope that USC takes appropriate action to resolve the issue and punish the involved drunken frat boys.

As a reformed drunken frat boy, I want to say that I did some pretty crazy things back in the day, but screaming racial epithets was not one of them. Even by the very low standards of drunken frat boys, this student behaved inappropriately and deserved to be disciplined and perhaps even stoned.

Yet, as the founder of the Christian religion said, let he who is free of sin cast the first stone.

USC is a school that practices racial discrimination against Asians and whites in the form of affirmative action.

The same USC administration that rejects qualified Indian-American (not to mention other Asian American and white) applicants to college and graduate school because of its racially discriminatory affirmative action policies claims the moral authority to discipline a student for making a rude comment?

Is the kettle calling the pot black?

Aren’t a student’s prospects for admission to the college and graduate school more important than some stupid frat boy’s rude comments?

Are the students of USC misplacing their outrage?

Making a racist comment is nothing compared to practicing racial discrimination in admissions.

I think it’s sad that a USC frat boy made a racist comment, but in the grand scheme of things it means exactly nothing. The real crime is USC’s historical affirmative action policies that destroy the dreams of thousands of Indian-American, Asian-American, and white applicants to enjoy higher education.

I wish that Rini Sampath and the Indian American, Asian American and white students of USC would be more vocal about the latter form of racism.