Center for Public Service
White people protesting is powerful. It is a privilege to be guaranteed that someone will listen to us, as pointed out by Jerome Clarke in a piece about last year’s “Won’t Stand For Hate” protest. With that privilege comes a responsibility that has been neglected on this campus.
I agree with the students who protested on the steps of Penn Hall and spoke out during the Student Senate meeting about the way our administration is handling the mold situation in Hanson Hall. The response was insufficient and it directly contradicts the College’s verbal commitment to promoting a healthy living and learning environment. However, as I walked by the students protesting on Friday, I was hit with irony and felt ashamed of the way many of us have responded to this issue. Perhaps I wouldn’t feel that way if every issue facing the students of this campus, specifically those most marginalized, were met with similar outcry from the majority population here. [excerpt]
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Hubbard, Morgan, "When Protest Doesn't Quite Fit the Mold" (2018). SURGE. 316.