Follow Up on Yesterday’s Event Post

This post is about the Latin@ Affirmation Month event post I put up yesterday evening, and the dialogue surrounding it.

The main content of this post will be after the jump, so that events and other content don’t lose prominence on the main page. Click “Read More” for the body of the post.

First things first. This post is primarily a personal apology from myself to all those who had serious issues with the event post for Latin@ Affirmation Month, which, except for the informational paragraph, I wrote. This includes:

  • Glamildi Rondon ’12, whose event submission I mocked and largely defeated the purpose of with my separate additions.
  • Any and all members of the Latin@ community at Wesleyan who were rightly angry that I mocked what the event is intended to celebrate.
  • Anyone else who was personally offended or hurt by the post, or just expected better of this blog.

Though it is common practice on Wesleying to preface or add commentary to event submissions,  I want to emphasize that it was my personal judgment to put up the event like that. I can’t and won’t keep you from forming your own opinions of the blog, but hopefully the post colored your perceptions of Wesleying only minimally, if at all. This is on me.

For those curious about the original post: I took down the post the same night in response to the many comments demanding its removal; the comments were, of course, removed with it. Here are the comments on the repost of the event, however, which I think are definitely worth reading for anyone interested in the whole issue.

Further discussion about this is welcome in the comments (these or the ones on the repost, mentioned above).

19 thoughts on “Follow Up on Yesterday’s Event Post

  1. Goldberg

    I just wanna say that if it was jewish awareness week and someone posted a picture of a nose and tagged it as gold it would be hilarious.

    1. ....

      If this is in any way supposed to be comparable, you are an idiot. One of the main reasons why the picture Anwar posted is offensive as well as the tag, is the exploitation of latina women that is rooted behind them. Not to mention the stereotypical phrases used to depict latin@s, like “ay papi”. Moreover, on this campus and in this society, the current oppression of jews and the oppression of latina@s are not on the same scale. It is repulsive how ignorant many of you are on this campus.

      1. Goldberg

        First of all, please don’t call fake me an idiot.

        Secondly, I agree with fake me’s sentiment that there was a severe overreaction to Anwar’s original post. As I understand, Anwar’s text had been intended as a humorous addition, and while it may have been more appropriate with qualification, I fully believe that it was not intended to offend anyone. Without intent, the correct response would have been to explain *why* you were offended, not to simply express repulsion and denounce the author.

    1. JD

      I am honestly quite curious as to why the white community on this campus, a community that makes up the majority of what is known as one of the most socially and politically conscious and active college campuses in the east coast, does not ever have anything positive to say when things of this nature happen. I am sure someone will respond to this with some sly remark and maybe fix all of my grammatical and spelling errors to make me look stupid and themselves feel better, but it is a question I have really been pondering. I feel as though I wanted to come here for all the wrong reasons. I was obviously lied to… and to be completely honest, these things, these posts, these remarks and the like, no matter how insignificant they seem… they really hurt.

      1. zipzapzop

        For the record, this response isn’t directed at you specifically but erryone:

        The reason no one has “anything positive to say” is that instead of treating this issue like reasonable people and trying to have a serious discussion about WHY this is eliciting such strong feelings, people are just getting as outraged as possible and turning this into a fucking culture war. Being socially responsible is not necessarily the same thing as using the most strong adjectives you know to describe any situation you find offensive. Responding to this with the same level as outrage as you would, say, the shit Arizona’s been pulling lately (which, whether intentional or not, is how y’all come across) is tantamount to making them equivalent. It’s hard to take people seriously when their response to being offended on a blog is to break out the strongest, most dramatic emotional response they can muster instead of using this situation to talk honestly and reasonably about how they feel why they think something is or isn’t okay. In the parlance of our times, this is a “teachable m0ment.” It’s time we started treating it like one.

  2. Anonymous

    he apologized, fine, it’s over now, errbody calm down. I thought the post about that girl was far worse.

  3. Astengel

    Honestly Anwar, although you think that this might’ve been the proper thing to do, it wasn’t. This post doesn’t acknowledge the fact that what you did was wrong and doesn’t explain WHY you thought it was in any way acceptable. I feel that airing out your thought process and having people explain to you why this was not okay is what needs to happen. I am still in awe that ANYONE, particularly a person of COLOR, would deem this okay on ANY standard. I would like to reiterate that your post was not only disgusting, but also repulsive, and I wish that you will be man enough to have a discussion in person rather than this lame blog entry apology.

    By the way, multiple people have screen shots of both of the previous posts and comments for all who wish to see. Here is a screen shot of the original post: http://tinypic.com/r/n54tpt/7

    The problem with all you’ve done is that you chose to ERASE it all, edit it by erasing the “gender-normative image” and correcting the “grammatical error” and yet STILL leave all the stereotypical Spanish phrases in the post. When you continue to receive negative feedback you realize that it all needed to be taken out but still “forget” to change the date back to English, as it was originally written by Glamildi.

    Anwar, your apology was so insencere, stop lying and just admit that you thought it was funny– you’d have more respect from us that way.

    1. mroth

      Honestly Anwar, although you think that this might’ve been the proper thing to do, it was. This post acknowledges the fact that what you did was acceptable and explains WHY you thought it was in any way acceptable. I feel that airing out your thought process and having people explain to you why this was not okay is not what needs to happen. I am still in awe that ANYONE, particularly a person of BLACK, would deem this wrong on ANY standard. I would like to reiterate that your post was not only disgustive, but also repulsing, and I’m glad you weren’t lame enough to have a discussion in person rather than this blog entry apology for this blog entry “issuation”.

      By the way, multiple people have screen shots of that sexy picture you put up. Here is a screen shot of the original post: http://www.cliphunter.com

      The problem with all you’ve done is that you chose to edit it by erasing the Ebonics, and yet STILL leave all the stereotypical Espanish phrases in the post. Even when you continue to receive praise you still “forget” to change the date back to English, as it was originally written by Gandalf ‘12.

      1. Astengel

        Honestly you dumb fuck, get a life. Your “reply” shows how much of a low-life you are… go grab a book or some shit!

    2. ughh

      Excuse me, but why does it matter that he’s a person of color? You’re blinded by your own supposed open-mindedness. Just chill out, and quit worrying about something that is truly insignificant in the grand scheme of things.

      1. Astengel

        You’re right, it doesn’t, but you’d expect someone that you’d think has probably dealt with racism, discrimination, and stereotyping to think twice about posting something like that.

    3. ughh

      Excuse me, but why does it matter that he’s a person of color? You’re blinded by your own supposed open-mindedness. Just chill out, and quit worrying about something that is truly insignificant in the grand scheme of things.

  4. Astengel

    Honestly Anwar, although you think that this might’ve been the proper thing to do, it wasn’t. This post doesn’t acknowledge the fact that what you did was wrong and doesn’t explain WHY you thought it was in any way acceptable. I feel that airing out your thought process and having people explain to you why this was not okay is what needs to happen. I am still in awe that ANYONE, particularly a person of COLOR, would deem this okay on ANY standard. I would like to reiterate that your post was not only disgusting, but also repulsive, and I wish that you will be man enough to have a discussion in person rather than this lame blog entry apology.

    By the way, multiple people have screen shots of both of the previous posts and comments for all who wish to see. Here is a screen shot of the original post: http://tinypic.com/r/n54tpt/7

    The problem with all you’ve done is that you chose to ERASE it all, edit it by erasing the “gender-normative image” and correcting the “grammatical error” and yet STILL leave all the stereotypical Spanish phrases in the post. When you continue to receive negative feedback you realize that it all needed to be taken out but still “forget” to change the date back to English, as it was originally written by Glamildi.

    Anwar, your apology was so insencere, stop lying and just admit that you thought it was funny– you’d have more respect from us that way.

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