Racism in colleges is a common trait. Why? Especially for students from India and other countries where uniforms with a dress code were mandated in schools, entering into college means a gateway to freedom of speech and dressing. When these students get into colourful attires, it is only at this epoch that they actually start looking at people's face values.
Also, just breaking out of adolescence, importance on looks and other etiquettes play an important role in the college life. However, the glamour and beauty is ephemeral. For those who go on to study abroad into a new environment, it would be hard. To those who are victimised through racial discrimination in colleges, here are cognizant ways to combat.
Identify your marks
Even though some things aren't really your vices, you sure know what are the things that people remark at you. Its okay to be put down, you get to know the challenges. But be sure to display your resilience valiantly. Only when you know whats happening around you, can you actually work on it. So gather knowledge on the malicious remarks but don't chew over the thought because you are more than what people portray you to be.
Be proud and loud
Firslty, it takes confidence to show people that it is an unabashing thing to be yourself. Do not shy off when someone passes a derogatory remark at your identity. Tell them that you are proud of who you are and let them know that only insecure people try to pull down others. Your confidence will take you through the hardships
Create support system
This is one of the powerful means to tackle any problem in life. If you have people around you to support you, there is nothing greater that can help you to celebrate life. Once you get the emotional balance that you require from friends and family, you will be reassured that you can handle racism efficiently.
Talk to policy makers
Change is something that is inevitable. Not all varsities might be forward thinking or have already progressed in their policies. But you suggesting an anti-ragging/anti-eve-teasing policy can spark a change in the stagnated environment. Be the torch bearer to ignite the change that you want to see.
File complaint duly
When you know that something is not okay, do not hesitate to register a complaint with the college authorities. Not filing it might get you into even more trouble when the problem blows out of proportion. Just in case, the action is not taken, you could even escalate it to the management or even the police. Staying silent is hazardous in this issue. Speaking up will give you a solution.
Recently, a Tamil talk show Neeya naana's episode was banned from being aired after its promo revealing the topic, "Who is beautiful - Tamilnadu girls or Kerala girls?" Although meant to be viewed frivolous, desensitising racism was taken into account through a police complaint lodged by a viewer.