God that sounds awful and I've applied there
If you'll look at what I've written, I'm not exactly anti-the place. The people I've met there are just as normal as everywhere else, and some of my best friends among the medics. I understand that the university Conservative Association is fairly strong there (think the current president is at Peterhouse) but they're not gonna make you sign up or anything!
Oh, and my friend from there has just been elected First Year Officer, so he'll be looking after you lot next year! I'd put yourself on a liver transplant list just in anticipation...
from personal experience, Caius isn't racist.
in fact, a large number of internationals do come to Caius... i don't know why, but we've got 6 international medics in the first year, and a few more who are british-born, but of other roots.
some accuse others of racism simply because they feel left out. then again, if one does not make the first move to approach and be friendly, how can one blame someone else for not doing the same?
some accuse others of racism simply because they feel left out. then again, if one does not make the first move to approach and be friendly, how can one blame someone else for not doing the same?[/QUOTE]
Excuse me?? This is one of the biggest piles of **** I have read. How dare you make such a ridiculous comment....I do not accuse of racism because i feel left out, anfd it's a stupuid comment to make. As a black student, I have a right to say where and when I experienced racism and to be hopnets about that in order to hewlp people on this site. I would love to be able to say that it didn't exist in Cambridge, but this would be a bare faced lie. I am not amongst these people you mention who don't make an effort then complian about someone not doing the same. I think the point is that certain places are less friendly towards blacks, which in turn does not inspire a person to have the confidence to seek these people out. Of course in many ways this is self perpetuauting.
I am a very populare person and have many white friends. In fact, most of my freinds are white, at home in London and in Cambridge. before comingnto Cambridge, I had never experienced any racism, but I had experienced unfriendly people. So I hope this will lend credence to my claim that I am not simply bitter at being left out. I am not left out. The vasyt majority of people at Cambridge are open minded, lovely, interested, interesting and quirky. I do not deny this. in fact, I actively encourage peopel to go, because I am having the time of my life.
However, yes there is racism, and yes, in my experience and in the experience of several black students (which would account for 10% of them there!), Peterhouse is not a liberal college. I have been stopped there several times and asked for my college ID, when i have been with other students. Why assume that I am the only one who is not a member of the University? Little things like this really leave a bitter taste. I hate having to talk about racism, because i love integration and multi-culturalism...however, i won't let my ideals cloud my judgement of reality. If anyone is intersted, I will happily list here the 'racist' experiences I have had.
Also, a white person can hardly make accurate comments about racism, with all due respect. I mean, most racism is not overt, and of course the lovely people on this site will eb upset by my claims...however, as a white person, a racist person will not appear racist, uinless they make obvious comments. The racism in Cambridge is pervasive and it sometimes takes on odd forms.
In any case, I would like to stress the point that I love Cambridge, but alos assert my right to tell it how it is.
Racism isn't as simple as someone saying they hate blacks. It isn't always obvious. In many cases, a racist has otherwise liberal views. In the same way that some people don't like homosexuals, but are perfectly able to be open minded and sensitive about other issues. Racism is not an indictment of evil, and it is not necessarily something that is all consuming, which is why it ism often hard to spot, unless you are on the recieving end.