Monday, November 30, 2020

General classes are necessary

I’m writing in response to Erin Yerke’s whining and complaining (“Amid its successes, ‘U’ must reflect on failures,” SN 10/31). If she hasn’t learned by now, in this life, we will have to do things that we would rather not do. Everything happens for a reason and obviously, there are reasons why the university has made the rules that it has.

As far as IAH 201 goes, I can say personally that some students at MSU need that class. Yes, we have been taught most of our lives about “the bad things Americans have done.” But, it wasn’t enough because there is still ignorance, and it’s definitely walking around at MSU. Also, the ills of slavery and oppression can never be under-represented in our classrooms. Yerke said she wants to be challenged. I suggest she try reading Frederick Douglass’ “My Bondage, My Freedom,” and complete it without feeling horrified, angry and thankful for where she is today.

Yerke, not everyone is blessed with the opportunity that you have to attend college. I’m African American and my people who were enslaved definitely were not given the chance to better their lives. I, too, get frustrated at times with all the responsibility and work that comes with being a student. However, I am reminded every day that I am not the only one feeling this way. Most of all, when I think of what it’s worth, I stick it out. So I say get over your little drama about Math 1825 and both majors being on your diploma. This isn’t Burger King, you can’t have it your way.

Ebuni Mosley
journalism junior

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