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What strikes me most about today's protestors is their apparent wish for a college environment that is a hermetically sealed zone, in which one is protected from any other student or faculty member who holds a different viewpoint.
"It's important that campuses be havens of maximum comfort for students to explore their own deeply important, personal, and self-actualizing ideas, free from the unpleasant psychic residue and general ickiness of people and events of the past," said Harlan P. Wentwich, President of Sniveling Worm University.
In general, at colleges/universities that are predominantly white, most, if not all of the Board of Trustee Members and Administrators, the people that actually oversee the President's management of an academic institution's finances and ensure that the institution has the capacity to fulfill its stated mission, are white.
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Every year, a group of 80 students congregates to discuss difficult topics affecting the Latinx community in the U.S. However, instead of discussing how our communities can become empowered in the future, we were forced to reckon with the reality that the struggles of our past still plague our present.
Today, because of the growing masses of the disenfranchised and the dissatisfied, the societal structures that have given sanctuary to systemic racism in our nation are beginning to fall down. It is falling down not only under the weight of its own shoddy construction, but it is being aided in its fall by a generation that refuses to take this anymore.
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We know that Black students at Yale are underrepresented, as are Black faculty. We call on Yale University to enact the following steps in order to begin a process that mitigates against the individual and community damages caused by the racist structures of education.
Young Black students, I wish my generation had taken the time to share with Black students of current times, that unifying and organizing, is a great thing because there is strength in numbers.
Privilege is not knowing that you're hurting others and not listening when they tell you. From the responses of those who attacked me and others for talking about what it's like being Native American on campus, it's clear that many people are blind and deaf.
At both Yale University and the University of Missouri, the argument lies not in the fact that people should stop being racist, but that the schools' administrations should have done more to control racism.
What has erupted proves the case of the continued need to build cultural competencies across Yale and indeed across all campuses and communities. We don't have to, don't warrant this. But should we all not embrace that awesome challenge we may forfeit the future that is ours to own and make better.
No Yale student should have to settle for a piece of Yale. No student at any school should have to settle for a small piece of it.
I don't have racist or sexist experiences from my time at Yale but I will never insult fellow Yalies by tuning out their stories and telling them that my experience is the only legitimate account of what happens on campus. I'll never say something isn't happening because it isn't happening to me.
The current student protests may have been provoked by a controversy over Halloween costumes, but they have much deeper roots in Yale's history and culture, and they have made it clear to us that institutional racism continues to be a powerful force at Yale, as it was when we were students.