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38% of Student Body Shares Same One Black Friend

38% of Student Body Shares Same One Black Friend

Big Issues September 14, 2017 The New England Classic

CHESTNUT HILL  — Thirty-eight percent of current Boston College undergraduates share the same one black friend, according to a recent study by the Department... 38% of Student Body Shares Same One Black Friend

CHESTNUT HILL  Thirty-eight percent of current Boston College undergraduates share the same one black friend, according to a recent study by the Department of Sociology. Researchers found that being friends with Marcus Williams (MCAS ‘19) provides over 2,000 students with an excuse to “jokingly” say the n-word and casually stereotype minorities.

“You know Marcus too?” remarked over a quarter of the student body when asked to comment. “Yeah, we’re tight, man. It’s crazy how similar we are, you know, considering.”

Williams, whose Ghanaian and Nigerian family has lived in Danbury, Connecticut for over sixty years, failed to identify over 75% of the students in the survey who referred to him as their “brother.”

“I recognize some of these names from class and stuff, but other than that, I don’t know any of these people,” said Williams. “I think that girl was in my 48Hours group? I honestly can’t remember.” His five housemates, whom he met his freshman year through FACES, were not mentioned in the study and declined to comment.

At press time, more than 1,000 white male students were seen explaining that their joke wasn’t racist “because their best friend is black, okay?”