I believe the administration needs to rethink its hiring process for the job. Wow these comments are unbelievable yet somehow really not surprising. If you are so offended, maybe ask yourself why you specifically are so offended by this opinion article. Like Katherine said in a previous comment, this author sounds frustrated, and tired from yelling so loud. I also feel for her. Listen to her instead of getting your panties in a bunch. Dialogue is always good, so from that perspective this article was effective.
Some constructive critisism:.
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This may have been a better read if you dove into a specific example of when a Brad or Chad behaved this way and how it made you feel. Take us through a journey or story and make us feel angry with you you. Some white boys are better off than others by the way. What an embarrassment to the Dickinson community, current students and alumni, this racist diatribe, its author, and the sycophants that mange this publication are!
But, on a positive note, if anyone needs the most compelling example of the real tragedy that is the abject waste driving the student loan crisis in America, Leda has provided it; thank you Leda!!
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Just think of all the ways the tens of thousands of dollars of student aid that have been squandered on Leda could have been productively employed on campus: new cushions for the chairs in the dining hall, higher quality toilet paper in campus restrooms, re-painting old metal trash cans Dickinson red, etc. Lastly, to President Ensign et al. Ahhh… just another undergrad girl vagsplaining to society in what direction her phobias are taking her.
It is clear that the author is very frustrated. Thank you for your article, people are taking it the wrong way. Also fyi to previous commenters, it is conceptually impossible for a black person to be racist by the central definition of the word. Listen to other classmates, it might open your mind a little bit. The Onion could not put out more satirical nonsense. And I resent the HELL out of my tax money, taken from doing real work, goes to race-baiters like this woman and the institution that ostentatiously teaches overt, celebratory racism to students like her.
I have to say, that these reactions are sadly expected because the article is addressing a problem that most minorities have faced on campus and are somehow defended by mostly white people. The article is addressing a real problem of people in power dictating the experiences and thoughts of underrepresented groups, both on campus, in society and in politics. Do you see that your comments are the exact reason that she needs to write this article?
POC experiences have been attacked and invalidated for so long, and your comments prove that white experiences and fragility are somehow placed above our lived experiences and thoughts. Can you not even sit down once, shut up and listen, instead of trying to tell her how to behave and think? Do you see the hypocrisy? I think the author accomplished her objective — she got everyone thinking about whether the opinions of one group are privileged over those of other groups and whether members of some groups are not really interested in dialogue and in listening to what others have to say.
Leda, you should really consider your words before you speak your mind again…you deserve all this backlash that will be coming your way. As a white male alum I cannot offer enough support to Leda for the courage to write this. It is unfortunate that the editorial board saw fit to publish a rant rather than a coherent opinion. It is also unfortunate that the author was not provided with some useful peer editing and constructive criticism to help make a clear argument.
Instead we have an incendiary collection of words which neither makes a useful point nor provides pause for those the author attacks. This is not the college which helped me expand my horizons through reading many works and learning to write in a critical manner while being respectful of the other side.
What are your first principles? Rising above hate or wallowing in it? I pray that this person can overcome her pain and forgive anyone who has hurt her just as God will forgive her. I pray this woman repents of her sins and accepts our lord Jesus Christ as her savior. I say this prayer in the precious name of Jesus. All you trashy scummy white girls acting like teachers pet when they try and side with our race and fight their brothers. Go ,back to where you inferor barbie girls belong —with your worthless white men.
Did you think you could escape your racism and guilt by attacking your own race?. I am so glad that there are students like Leda at Dickinson. The fact that this article is receiving such push back is evidence of how badly it was needed.
It would be really great if people would spend more energy being upset that these power imbalances exist, rather than being angry at the person who merely pointed them out. The reactions to this article are yet more clear evidence that Dickinson needs to step up the diversity of its curriculum requirements. I am very curious about the specific repercussions the author experienced when trying to speak her own mind in classes at Dickinson college.
She is implying that she was drowned out by the white men trying to offer their opinions and was thus diminished.
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Is this really true? Are the Dickinson professors allowing groups of white men to run roughshod over minority groups in classroom discussions? If so, I put the blame squarely on them as they are the ones being paid to preside over their classrooms in an equitable manner. If they are allowing the white boys to be intellectual bullies in their classrooms and quashing input from others then shame on them for letting this happen.
All this time I was thinking that the college was a pretty inclusive place where all opinions were welcome and that just because someone had a dissenting opinion did not mean that this disqualified them from participation. It is not the same for a member of a historically persecuted minority group to be critical of the majority as it is for a member of a historically powerful group to be critical of the minority.
White people and black people have not had the same experience in this country. Call it institutionalized racism or not, this country was built by white people at the expense of people of color. This means that the dynamics that govern what is or is not acceptable cannot be the same regardless of race. It seems like everyone agrees that it would not be appropriate or acceptable for a white student to write an article like this about black students.
But why? We understand that racism is inherently rooted an unequal power dynamic. So — it is not the same for a member of a persecuted class to criticize the majority as it is for a member of the majority to criticize a member of the persecuted class. Equality is not the same as equity. I thought this community was better and smarter than that. I agree wit you girl. Outrageously racist.
As a once proud alumn, I am now embarrassed and ashamed to have been a part of a community that would allow something like this to be posted. Thank you for speaking up about your experience. I support you. I have had to interact with all kinds of folks of various creeds, races, colors, socioeconomic upbringing, etc. I recommend the author step back and think about the same advice given to me over 30 years ago. While this editorial left me shaking my head for several reasons, the many thoughtful responses to it encouraged me, giving hope that dialogue can endure and we have objective thinkers in the community who are not afraid to be silenced regardless of their creed, color, or gender.
Who needs a resume when you can spout drivel like this? The job offers should be pouring in…. I am empathetic to the experience at Dickinson which is of a particular, significantly non-diverse, demographic, but this is just a lazy, and ironically entitled, temper tantrum.
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This argument You absolutely have the right to free speech and to write such inarticulate, poorly argued tripe, and we as alumni have the right to not read it, but here we are, all of us reading away together. I am less disgusted with the sheer myopia of this topic of this article, which, although valid, seems to be derived from either a Tweet or a meme, and its complete lack of grounding in any kind of substance.
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The slang used and the redacted profanity not only diminish the argument they obliterate it, leaving it back to where it started as a lazy, ill-conceived attempt to riff of a viral post on social media. Read a book! Great piece! Keep writing, Leda! One question I have is where do we draw the line? What about physics? The point of this column is that we white men of privilege frequently speak very loudly and proudly about topics outside of our sphere of experience.
The reaction to this piece absolutely is proving exactly what the author was stating. Maybe we should be listening to the experience and frustration behind this point rather than forming a mob around the author. Dickinson has never done well in attracting racial diversity. As a woman in the IT sector, I know a lot about getting talked over by a parade of mostly white men.