Northeastern Illinois University / racial discrimination
Northeastern Illinois University does not provide a safe and free of racial discrimination environment for the foreign and Middle Eastern students. About several months ago, I and several of my friends asked police officers during the daytime whether they can watch our bags for about five minutes because my friend forgot her cell phone in the restroom. The names I saw on the officers’ uniforms were Galindo and Lopez. However, Lopez said “We are not watching your bags. Who do you think you are, you smelly immigrants.” Some of my friends said that they do not like it when someone destroys their reputation and integrity. However, Galindo said that I and my friends are immigrants, and we do not have any integrity. He also said that we do not know what integrity is. At this point, Galindo became very enraged, and he pointed out a knife at me. He said “immigrants. Go back where you come from. This is my country immigrants.” I told him that I am U.S. citizen, and I am not going anywhere. He accused me that I am disrespecting the honor of those who died for my freedom. At this point, Lopez said “You foreigners go back where you come from.” I told him again that I am not going anywhere. Galindo said “I was born in this country, go back where you come from, ” and he was moving his hands back and forth with his knife in his hands. The above situation is just an example of the type of the environment and racial discrimination foreign and Middle Eastern students encounter at Northeastern Illinois University. However, what makes me wonder whether the school makes background checks of NEIU employees before hiring them and who have civil service positions and are supposed to care for the students’ safety instead of endangering their lives.