The Indiana University Commission of Multicultural Understanding held an event on campus called “Why Are We Quiet” to discuss discrimination and hate crimes in the Bloomington community. It has been more than two months since Professor Don Belton was murdered, and some speculate that his death was a hate crime.
During “Why Are We Quiet,” the group discussed the topic of silence as a worthless tool against discrimination. Associate Director of Student Activities, Darrell Stone, helped coordinate the event. When discussing the importance of speaking up, he said, “We thought it’d be important to address what are those moments and why are we quiet and what would it take for us as a community or us as individuals to actually speak up at some point.”
The event helped emphasize the problem of hate in the community by using Dr. Belton as an example. Participants also discussed hate crimes and discrimination on a national level. The group held a staged reading of the “Laramie Project” the night before the meeting. That play tells the story of the murder of Matthew Shepard, a college student from Wyoming, who was murdered because he was gay.
Actors at the reading wore black clothing and read their scripts in front of an audience that surrounded them on three sides. The live script reading set the play apart from other performances of the “Laramie Project.”