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Is this Cambridge’s biggest problem to date?

Is this Cambridge’s biggest problem to date?
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Courtney Boateng, a third-year student at Cambridge made news last week as she commented on the prejudice surrounding black people at Cambridge university, with fellow students commenting that black people are only accepted to ‘meet the quota’.

These comments follow the recent image of black male students outside their Oxford campus which went viral over social media, with the students hoping the image would encourage more black young people to realise their potential.

Courtney has expressed her concern over students seeing her place at university only conceivable because of meeting diversity quotas, with a white male student commenting on her YouTube account that he was concerned he would not be able to gain a place at Cambridge because of ‘people like her’.

Courtney has expressed frustration at these opinions, commenting that of course, she got the grades, did the interview and sat the entrance exam, therefore, she earnt her place. The micro aggressions she experiences often at university are simply examples of prejudice against ethnic minorities at Oxbridge.

The worrying fact is that after these comments were made and after Courtney spoke out about them, people ‘came out of the woodworks’ to agree with the white male student, stating that she was a ‘token black student’.

Courtney even describes Cambridge students attempting to talk to her in slang, even though it’s not naturally part of their vocabulary because they think she will understand better.

It appears that these aggressions are due to the perception of a capable, educated Cambridge student being a white, middle to upper class male, and Courtney is keen to encourage people to accept more than this, or else, she argues, ‘racial assumptions won’t change’.

Elizabeth Whittingham Elizabeth is a third year history student studying at The University of Manchester.

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