College of Engineering
Black & White
“My first few weeks at Purdue during my Freshman year, I was walking down the street with a group of friends who were also black. We were walking down the sidewalk by Armstrong down toward the Electrical Engineering building when a car passed by us and someone yelled “niggers” out of the car at us.
One time when I was in the restroom in one of the Residence Halls, someone else in the restroom saw me and was really shocked. They were acting really weird around me as if they were scared or had an issue with me. Finally they brought themselves to say “I’ve never seen a black person in real life before…only in movies and on TV”.”