“We begged this university to hear our stories about how racism, sexism, and a whole host of other problems prevail … and prevent us from being safe, from being at peace, from being whole and from being well. They invite us to meetings in the president’s office and the faculty club. They say they listen. They say they hear us. They do nothing.”
We demand the introduction of compulsory, in-person, and regular anti-oppression training for faculty, staff, DPS, and administration. Anti-oppression trainings should be led and organized by people of color with significant experience in anti-oppression activism or scholarship. We demand an in-person and compulsory Title IX training for faculty, staff, DPS, administrators, and students that includes an intersectional framework. The current non-compulsory online Title IX training module is ineffective and does not address the structural racism, queerphobia, economic violence and transphobia that is foundational to sexual violence on campus.
One can find statements similar to this from protesters at other Ivy League schools and various other colleges and universities. Many of them. Seems to be the norm that, rather than the exception, that blocks of students who are spending over $60,000 per year to attend certain schools are also saying that those same schools are hotbeds of racism (and sexism, transphobia, etc…), are committing “violence”, and so forth. Why would anyone voluntarily spend that much money to go to a place that’s committing violence against them and ruining their lives with racism? If such horrible things were actually happening to black students at Brown University (and Yale and Princeton and Harvard and …), one would rather expect that those students would choose not to attend.
Brown University, by any measure, is a quite liberal place, with the administration, faculty, and students all leaning pretty far to the left. The author of the article acknowledges as much. The same is true for Yale and Princeton and all the rest. Why is it that these complaints about the “structural racism” leading to “sexual violence” on campus seem to be occurring mainly at left-wing schools? I’ve heard of no such complaints at mainstream or conservative schools. I tutor on a daily basis at Minnesota State Community and Technical College in Moorhead, MN, and also at Minnesota State University Moorhead. I’ve yet to see a single protest, complaint, profane rant in a library, profane rant outdoors, protest against free speech, or other sign of the protests that are occurring on Ivy League campuses. Why not?
Is it because centrist places like Minnesota State Community and Technical College aren’t run by racists, while left-wing enclaves like Brown University are?
Or is it because the accusations of racism at Brown at other such places are false?