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Interesting.

I just received the following email in my student inbox:

College Community,

Earlier this week, a female student of color reported a bias-related incident in which she was bumped from behind and subjected to a racial epithet. This behavior violates the college’s commitment to diversity and safety and will not be tolerated.

The incident occurred on November 8th at approximately 8:10 p.m. and took place outside of Hanna Hall. Clark Security staff met with the student who reported the incident, has launched an investigation, and will be escorting the student to the parking lot tonight after her class is concluded.

If you have any information about this incident, you are asked to contact Clark College Security immediately at 360-992–2133 or by visiting their area in Gaiser Hall.

A bias-based incident involves conduct – including words, slurs or actions, explicit, implied or perceived – that violates Clark College’s policy prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, creed, disabled veteran status, marital status or Vietnam-era veteran status in its programs and activities.

I want to emphasize that no threats against any members of our college community will be tolerated. If you are threatened or have information that a student or colleague has been threatened, please contact Security immediately at 360-992–****.</span></span>
A few weeks ago, a member of a white power organization showed up on campus as early as 7 a.m. and handed out fliers with a swastica and several reasons listed as to why the white race is superior, i.e. "Blacks are more violent", etc. They also stated that gays are evil and an abomination. [Note that I didn't personally see this flier, but have heard about it in conversations throughout the campus since they were distributed.] From what I hear, it was a call for others of like mind to join forces with them, join their church, etc.

This, of course, caused a massive amount of uproar on campus. Anyone who was offended by these (supposedly) approved fliers and reported to security was told to "just ignore it. Don't let it ruin your day. You're being oversensitive." Zero action was taken to stop the fliers from being distributed, saying that it just stated an opinion and had not violated any part of the 1st amendment rights as it didn't ask anyone to take action against minorities, only to attend an assembly.

Now. One of the reasons that our campus appeals to so many from so far is that it marches around, grandly proclaiming its acceptance of diversity and its zero tolerance in discrimination.

I attended a little get-together held by the student council for students to voice their opinions and ask questions. About 90% of the people that got up to speak stated that it's ridiculous for a college to state that it wants to provide a place where you can get an education without fear or predjudice or risk of discrimination, that it was absolutely idiotic for this to be approved and distributed throughout campus, stating clearly how whites should have pride in their race and that everyone else is inferior. How does this NOT fall under the above section of the email:

Earlier this week, a female student of color reported a bias-related incident in which she was bumped from behind and subjected to a racial epithet. This behavior violates the college’s commitment to diversity and safety and will not be tolerated.


...followed by...

A bias-based incident involves conduct – including words, slurs or actions, explicit, implied or perceived – that violates Clark College’s policy prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, creed, disabled veteran status, marital status or Vietnam-era veteran status in its programs and activities.


About 8% of the people that spoke didn't condone the information on the fliers, but stated that our 1st amendment rights are our most cherished rights and what makes America the land of the free. Every single one of these were white [presumably straight] men, save for one white woman.

The remaining 2% got up and pretty much just said that they're proud to be a student at the college and will totally back any decision that the staff makes. (Consisting of one girl from Montana and various members of the student leaders.)

One of the student leaders stated that ZOMG HE CAN'T BELIEVE that the students aren't bonding together more solidly against such shenanigans, and he's willing to back them any time they want to form a front, that he'll be at the forefront, yelling the loudest. Someone said "Oh, were you at the rally yesterday?" to which he replied "It didn't fit in my schedule."

Another student stated that the people who are not discriminated against (i.e. white people) should not have a voice at such places, as they can't possibly know what it's like to be in their shoes, that it's sickening to hear the poor white, straight folk proclaim that they feel the hurt. Another said that restricting such voices would also be discrimination, though it would be nice to hear more of the privileged say how they plan on using their priviledgedness to speak to others and spread the words of acceptance, tolerance, and peace.

I... thought I had something further to put here, but the happy/stupid pills that they have me on for my back injury is making it harder and harder to form a cohesive sentence, so I shall take my online test of "special senses" for my bio lab and head to bed, yo.

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gaeba
Nov. 11th, 2010 05:43 am (UTC)
Wow. Quite the going-ons up at Clark.

It's a fine line that the college walks, trying to make a relatively safer space for people to come and learn and get an education, and trying to make sure that first amendment rights aren't violated - despite how disgusting the speech is. I'm a big fan of countering crappy speech with a helluva lot more speech, and it sounds like at least one rally happened to do just that.

I DO think it's a load of bs that people were upset that allies of less-privileged individuals aren't supposed to go to rallies and whatnot. If you've never checked him out, I suggest reading Tim Wise's blog - www.timwise.org - he's an amazing orator and writer with an attitude, who's amazingly vocal in his antidiscrimination and anti-racism beliefs (that's what he writes and speaks about) - and he's a middle class white guy. Without allies with privilege, it's really hard to get anything done. :/

Blech. I'll stop rambling now. Hope your back feels better soon!
bigstusexy
Nov. 11th, 2010 02:07 pm (UTC)
Oooook... so if I've read this right racism has happened and there is a group calling it free speech/White pride?

sad to hear
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