Most people are quick to take offense with being called ignorant, even when they indeed lack knowledge or understanding of a subject. We see it every day on the Hill; students blatantly display their ignorance as if it were something of which to be proud.
This issue extends far beyond the problem of a few bad apples ruining the bunch with rowdy, immature behavior at public events. No, it’s much bigger than that. There is a serious lack of cultural awareness in our community.
Recently, students of the Islamic and Jewish faith began observing Ramadan and Rosh Hashanah. These events brought light to the fact that many students at FAMU were unaware of what these events were and the fact that they are currently being recognized by millions of people around the world.
It really is sad.
Islam is the second largest religion in the world and the fastest growing religion in the black community. But people still make ridiculous statements such as, “Muslims don’t believe in God; they believe in Allah.” The Jewish faith may not be as prevalent as Islam in the black community, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t make an effort to learn about their beliefs.
You can’t fault someone for a lack of exposure to different cultures. There’s nothing wrong with not knowing any better. But the problem lies in the complacency. Too many students are blissfully ignorant and have no interest in developing a sense of understanding about different cultures and customs.
There was a time when black college students had a thirst for knowledge and were eager to learn as much as possible. Is this still the case, or are we more concerned with passing our classes and making money?
As college students at the No.1 institution for blacks, we should continuously strive to become the well-rounded, conscientious leaders we are capable of being.
Tauheedah Shukriyyah Asad for the Editorial Board.