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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 can't we just all be human - I think it denies one's 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 classmate's behavior and his defacing of the poster was in the spirit of what he had learned. He wondered "why the black students couldn't 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"
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- Fred defended his actions by saying he was "upset by all this emphasis on race, on blackness. Why can't we just all be human – I think it denies one's humanity to be racial" ...
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- "Q.C." Q.C. 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 ...
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