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white students dressed in hip-hop
attire. The party was held on Mar-
tin Luther King Day, and its theme
was "Living the Dream."
Some crowd members said stu-
dents who participate in these par-
ties know what they are doing is
wrong, while others said they are
ignorant.
Members of the panel then asked
themselves whether they contrib-
uted to the degrading stereotypes

perpetuated about their culture.
When asked why he continues
to listen to hip-hop music that is
misogynistic and degrading, Myron
Bishop - a School of Music, The-
atre and Dance student - said he
didn't know.
"I still struggle with that question
everyday," said Bishop, who is black.
Steven Dye, an Ann Arbor police
officer who is black, said he some-
times listens to NWA, a 1990s
hip-hop group that recorded some
songs mocking the police.
"I don't take the music person-
ally," he said.

Panelists said blacks still face
discrimination at the University.
Randal Seriguchi, president of
the National Pan-Hellenic Council,
said he's been to primarily black
parties that were broken up by as
many as eight police officers but
seen rowdier parties at primarily
white fraternities broken up by two
police officers.
"For the most part, when I'm
called, the number of people we
send out is done in response to how
many people are at a given party,"
Dye said.
Business junior Gabrielle Sims, a

member of the panel, said the black
community needs to improve its
outreach to include other cultural
groups in its activities.
"WhenIthink aboutthe advertise-
ments we do for our events, they seem
to target other black people," she said.
She also said that University
organizations like the Office of
Academic and Multicultural Initia-
tives seem to cater more to black
and Latino students than to other
minority groups.
Seriguchi said all minority stu-
dents should work harder to unify
campus.

"I'm not really sure how we
ended up separating minority into
'underrepresented' and 'overrep-
resented,' " he said. "We're all still
minorities."
The event was hosted by the Uni-
versity chapters of Phi Beta Sigma and
Delta Sigma Theta fraternity as part
of the Pan-Hellenic Council's "Race
and Reality" series. Other events in
the series include a discussion about
the definitionofraceat 6p.m.todayin
South Quad's Ambatana Lounge and
a presentation aboutracial controver-
sy in Jena, La. at 6 p.m. Wednesday in
room 1210 of the Chemistry Building.

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