Read the comments on the Hartford Courant article. Read the recent shout-box banter. Here are two examples:
“I hope each of the students arrested winds up with a felony conviction that ruins their hopes and chances of gainful employment after graduation.”
“Not all of us are silver spooned rugrats and probably come from similar environments as you do when we didn’t have the same privilege as others. But guess what. We weren’t crunching on potato chips and managed to pass algebra I as well as excel tremendously to get to Wesleyan. Don’t hate us.”
What the Fountain incident has highlighted more than anything is all the resentment, disrespect, and tension between us. The comments from residents make me sad, but the comments from students make me sick. I am more disappointed than I have ever been with Wesleyan when I read these. Several students at the forum yesterday said that we should be unified with Middletown residents, who also suffer (no doubt on a much more regular basis, since they don’t have PSafe as a buffer) from state violence. Was it too naive to think that something, anything, could bring us together? Too idealistic to think that we could take something positive away from Thursday night and finally begin to heal old wounds?