Editor’s note: This week’s Future View discusses the trend of colleges holding extra graduation ceremonies exclusive to students of particular races, ethnicities, sexualities and family income levels. Next week we’ll ask, “Does the social-justice movement have a blind spot when it comes to anti-Asian-American discrimination?” Students should click here to submit opinions of fewer than 250 words before March 30. The best responses will be published that night.
As an international student from Brazil, I decided to study in the U.S. because it is the land of opportunity, where anything is possible regardless of who you are, rather than because of who you are.
During my freshman year, I foolishly joined my school’s premier Latino student association, thinking it would be a neat enclave where I could remain in touch with my Luso-Hispanic roots. This was not the case. The members, many of whom didn’t even speak Spanish, hosted generic events that had nothing to do with culture. It was an opportunity to self-segregate along inherited lines of identity, nothing more.