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Alchemy of Race In The Alchemy of Race and Riots an argument takes place between a Jewish student and a black student at Stanford University They argue about the identity of Beethoven the black student stating that Beethoven had black heritage while the white student found that idea to be preposterous Clearly this upset the black student who is given the name QC QC is angered by the fact that the white student is unwilling to believe that such a highly distinguished and honored composer such as Beethoven could have black roots To anger the black student even more the white student Fred colored a picture of Beethoven black and wrote the word nigger on the black fraternity poster Fred defended his actions by saying he was upset by all this emphasis on race on blackness Why cant we just all be human I think it denies ones humanity to be racial 111 Fred further defended his actions by saying that what he did was meant to be humorous As a German Jew Fred received teasing from his schoolmates about his being Jewish Fred said that he learned to tolerate his classmates behavior and his defacing of the poster was in the spirit of what he had learned He wondered why the black students couldnt respond to it in the spirit in which it was meant nothing serious just humor as a release 111 He said that the message behind it was to stop all this divisive black stuff and just be human 111 In response to his actions the university took no disciplinary action towards Fred They felt that this would victimize him and strip him away off his right to freedom of speech Patricia Williams the author takes a different response to Freds actions She felt that this incident raised several issues the privatization of remedy to QC the invisibility of injury to anyone and the pitting of the first amendment
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