Today @ lunch: Student Response to Sean Bell verdict

For those of you who haven’t heard, there has been tremendous controversy surrounding the recent acquittal of the three cops involved in the death of Sean Bell, an innocent black man who was to be married the next day – read the NYTimes summary of the events to get caught up. The incident has been labeled an act of police brutality and an act of racism by many activists.

Stephanie Quainoo ’10 sends us some info about a Wesleyan student reaction, to take place tomorrow during lunchtime:

On Monday, May 5, 2008 at 12 pm we will be taking a course of action in response to the Sean Bell verdict, its public reception, and its relation to past racist events that have occurred on campus with Public Safety, Middletown Police, the Ride, and the student body. This event will occur at Usdan and we encourage everyone to participate! We need people to help put up fliers, hand out info cards and most importantly, filling up the main staircase to the Marketplace at noon! After our protest at Usdan, we will be marching to the Public Safety office to bring attention to our demands. Your physical presence is paramount to our success, so if you are interested, please wear all black and join us tomorrow!

If you have any questions, join the facebook group here (http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=17019604531) and message one of the admins.

What: Student reaction to the acquittal of the cops who killed Sean Bell
When: Monday (TODAY) at noon
Where: Usdan

72 thoughts on “Today @ lunch: Student Response to Sean Bell verdict

  1. Anonymous

    Props to stephanie for nearly single-handedly responding to most of the posts made in this forum. And even more props to her for completely putting herself out there to address posts mostly made by people who refused to identify themselves.I think a lot of people share the thoughts of 9:53.-lucas guilkey

  2. Anonymous

    Props to stephanie for nearly single-handedly responding to most of the posts made in this forum.

    And even more props to her for completely putting herself out there to address posts mostly made by people who refused to identify themselves.

    I think a lot of people share the thoughts of 9:53.

    -lucas guilkey

  3. Anonymous

    @ 9:53 – i totally, totally agree. thank you stephanie – you have been unbelievably patient and willing to engage.

  4. Anonymous

    @ 9:53 – i totally, totally agree. thank you stephanie – you have been unbelievably patient and willing to engage.

  5. Anonymous

    Stephanie,Thank you for taking this issue on and responding to all the negative posts in a calm, respectful way. I was not involved in the planning of the protest, but found it to be the most touching and effective protest ive seen at this school all year. If people can’t stop for one second and realize that mourning the death of a human being, and criticizing the system that allowed this death to happen is more important than lunch, then they have little compassion for human lives. A slight inconvenience or having to take the elevator is such a tiny thing compared to the fear of police brutality that people have to worry about on a daily basis. And to relate this issue back to wesleyan brings it into context for many people who feel no connection to the sean bell incident. Using something as powerful as sean bell to call attention to injustices that happen at this school is completely legitimate. I completely support this protest, think it was incredibly meaningful and effective, and am disappointed with the negative and ignorant comments people have made.

  6. Anonymous

    Stephanie,
    Thank you for taking this issue on and responding to all the negative posts in a calm, respectful way. I was not involved in the planning of the protest, but found it to be the most touching and effective protest ive seen at this school all year. If people can’t stop for one second and realize that mourning the death of a human being, and criticizing the system that allowed this death to happen is more important than lunch, then they have little compassion for human lives. A slight inconvenience or having to take the elevator is such a tiny thing compared to the fear of police brutality that people have to worry about on a daily basis. And to relate this issue back to wesleyan brings it into context for many people who feel no connection to the sean bell incident. Using something as powerful as sean bell to call attention to injustices that happen at this school is completely legitimate. I completely support this protest, think it was incredibly meaningful and effective, and am disappointed with the negative and ignorant comments people have made.

  7. stephanie

    8:34 – I realize that’s what you meant, as you notice I tend to double and triple post on here.

  8. stephanie

    8:34 – I realize that’s what you meant, as you notice I tend to double and triple post on here.

  9. stephanie

    I’d love to come, but I feel like it’ll be dominated by the usual suspects.It really becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy when you think that. If people were more open to the idea of coming, regardless of who would be present, it wouldn’t be dominated the usual suspects because there would be people besides that vocal minority sharing their views as well, which is what we want! If we didn’t do things like this, people would be complaining about the lack of a forum, which isn’t fair. We want to create a safe-space for debate and discussion, so even if you can’t come, tell a friend to. It would mean so much to all of us if we could just share feelings and try to understand each other.

  10. stephanie

    I’d love to come, but I feel like it’ll be dominated by the usual suspects.
    It really becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy when you think that. If people were more open to the idea of coming, regardless of who would be present, it wouldn’t be dominated the usual suspects because there would be people besides that vocal minority sharing their views as well, which is what we want! If we didn’t do things like this, people would be complaining about the lack of a forum, which isn’t fair. We want to create a safe-space for debate and discussion, so even if you can’t come, tell a friend to. It would mean so much to all of us if we could just share feelings and try to understand each other.

  11. Anonymous

    First smart words I’ve seen from you in this entire thread.I’d love to come, but I feel like it’ll be dominated by the usual suspects and I have a concert. This is probably the worst night to have anything.

  12. Anonymous

    First smart words I’ve seen from you in this entire thread.

    I’d love to come, but I feel like it’ll be dominated by the usual suspects and I have a concert. This is probably the worst night to have anything.

  13. stephanie

    8:13 – we only had (technically) 3 days to plan this, which wasn’t a really long time, considering we only came together in a day to discuss the action and then again the day before draft fliers and create posters. I don’t know where you got that impression, but I’m pretty sure I haven’t said it on here.And also, nowhere did I say that it was our only option, but that it was one of the most effective ones. To steal a quote from Nick Forcing people to change their daily routine was great. Especially since you reminded us of your presence with the counting. Blocking, say the entrance by North college outside of Usdan could have been an option, but again, people have ignored that too, many protest groups have entered Usdan during lunchtime after protesting outside, they would do that if they didn’t feel it wouldn’t get them more exposure, which is what we felt as well.Be well,Steph

  14. stephanie

    8:13 – we only had (technically) 3 days to plan this, which wasn’t a really long time, considering we only came together in a day to discuss the action and then again the day before draft fliers and create posters. I don’t know where you got that impression, but I’m pretty sure I haven’t said it on here.
    And also, nowhere did I say that it was our only option, but that it was one of the most effective ones. To steal a quote from Nick Forcing people to change their daily routine was great. Especially since you reminded us of your presence with the counting. Blocking, say the entrance by North college outside of Usdan could have been an option, but again, people have ignored that too, many protest groups have entered Usdan during lunchtime after protesting outside, they would do that if they didn’t feel it wouldn’t get them more exposure, which is what we felt as well.
    Be well,
    Steph

  15. stephanie

    If people had problems with the protest, that’s okay. But there were people who appreciated it as well, and I am very thankful for that.You’re right in one respect: It doesn’t count if people just say the protest sucked, and then went home to watch TV.But it does if people said it sucked, and then said why and offered ways to change the action so that it could be more inclusive, which in my experience and judging by most of the comments here, is what is happening. We’re having a forum tonight in Fauver Residence Hall at 7 (FREE PIZZA) for people who have anything to say about it, positive or negative, and maybe that will help everyone understand the bigger feelings, issues and reactions regarding the protest instead of summing it up in a statement and then returning to the status quo of their lives, which isn’t what we wanted.Best,Stephanie

  16. stephanie

    If people had problems with the protest, that’s okay.
    But there were people who appreciated it as well, and I am very thankful for that.
    You’re right in one respect: It doesn’t count if people just say the protest sucked, and then went home to watch TV.
    But it does if people said it sucked, and then said why and offered ways to change the action so that it could be more inclusive, which in my experience and judging by most of the comments here, is what is happening.
    We’re having a forum tonight in Fauver Residence Hall at 7 (FREE PIZZA) for people who have anything to say about it, positive or negative, and maybe that will help everyone understand the bigger feelings, issues and reactions regarding the protest instead of summing it up in a statement and then returning to the status quo of their lives, which isn’t what we wanted.
    Best,
    Stephanie

  17. Anonymous

    “I understand people resent us forcing the issue upon them, but it’s so easy to ignore a banner than to ignore an entire mass of students.”You say you spent a while planning this.Did no one have the idea of putting that entire mass of students *outside* of Usdan with signs or something like they used to do in the old days?Don’t act like this was your only option.

  18. Anonymous

    “I understand people resent us forcing the issue upon them, but it’s so easy to ignore a banner than to ignore an entire mass of students.”

    You say you spent a while planning this.

    Did no one have the idea of putting that entire mass of students *outside* of Usdan with signs or something like they used to do in the old days?

    Don’t act like this was your only option.

  19. Anonymous

    I see you’re trying to play off all the bad press as a success because you “got people talking about racism.”It doesn’t count if they’re just talking about how shitty your protest was.

  20. Anonymous

    I see you’re trying to play off all the bad press as a success because you “got people talking about racism.”

    It doesn’t count if they’re just talking about how shitty your protest was.

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