Racist incident

Something happened to me recently that will probably interest a great many people, as it is one of the hottest topics in the news these days. Let me tell my story, and see if you can figure it out.

My girlfriend and I were driving back from a friend’s apartment late one evening when a car started following us with the bright lights on. I tried signaling to the driver to turn them off, but he ignored me.

The car pulled up in the turn lane next to us. The passengers rolled down the window and told us they were going to kill us. We tried to ignore them and were glad they were turning, but as the light turned green, they decided they were going to go straight.

They did, almost causing a collision with my car. We pulled into the semicircle drive in front of our dorm, and the other car cut us off again. Three men got out of the car and racially harassed us. We were afraid to get out of the car for fear they would make good on their threats against us. We recorded the license plate number and called the police to report the incident as soon as we could get inside.

I’m sure you figured out the topic of my letter—it’s racial discrimination, of course, but with an added twist. My girlfriend and I are white, and the three men were black. Can you stilll call it discrimination? Some people will say no, but to me, it clearly was. That is the point of this letter. Will people ever realize that discrimination works both ways? Will there be call for “sure and quick justice”? Will this “incident” make front page news?

The answer to all of these questions is probably “no,” but I do hope this letter starts the minds of those people who believe there is no such thing as reverse discrimination. Remember: white people hate being called discriminatory names as much as black people.

Mark Cinkus,

Alanna Ellingson