Yet another racial controversy rocked the University of Texas last week.
The Young Conservatives of Texas group was planning on having some of its members wear signs that say “illegal immigrant”. Volunteers who returned them to the YCT booth would receive a $25 gift card.
The goal of the game was to call attention to the issue of illegal immigration, according to the group.
This proposal met such outrage from the UT community that it was canceled a few days after its announcement. UT administration publicly stated that the game was completely against the school’s values.
It’s incredible that a group of 18-to-22 year olds collectively decided that this was a good idea to attract attention to their organization and its values. Was there not one single student sitting in the meeting who thought to call his peers’ attention to the fact that many UT students are illegal immigrants?
The group certainly overachieved if its goal was to “create a discussion,” but it failed to spark a productive one. Stunts like this make it nearly impossible for opposing viewpoints to take the group seriously.
A reasonable, well-thought-out argument against the acceptance of undocumented workers may have helped others understand that (highly controversial) point of view. Publicly making a mockery of their fellow peers who may be undocumented, however, only serves to completely discredit the group.
A New York City passenger train traveling into the city’s famous Grand Central Station in Manhattan derailed Sunday morning. The train derailment killed four people and left more than 65 others injured.
The derailment occurred on a stretch of track near the intersection of the Harlem and Hudson rivers. At that point, the track banks hard. Normally, train conductors slow the locomotives down as they approach the curve. Unfortunately, the brakes did not respond to the conductor’s inputs that fateful morning, and the train barreled into the turn at full speed, which can be as fast as 70 mph.
The train’s event recorders are being analyzed by the National Transportation Safety Board in hopes of finding additional causes of the accident so that further train derailments can be prevented.