1974. USA. Dir: Mel Brooks. With Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder. 93 min.
A land-grabbing railroad baron tries to drive off a tiny frontier town by getting them appointed a black sheriff, only for the new lawman to become their unlikely savior. Brooks’ comedy Western, co-penned by Richard Pryor, “rises below vulgarity” as it simultaneously offers slapstick gags, juvenile jokes, and a sharp satire of American racism.
Sarah Small ’18 wrote a powerful piece on her blog Hapaholla about Roth’s email regarding the Is This Why demands (which you can read here), and she’s given us permission to share it below. If any other students are interested in sharing their thoughts on Wesleying, feel free to email us at staff(at)wesleying(dot)org.
This past week, news broke that Eclectic’s paper application for new members had a page asking people to complete fill-in-the-blanks with racial slurs.
Ocean Gao ’19 wrote a post on her blog about her feelings on Eclectic’s app, and she has given us permission to repost her thoughts here. We have also included the official apology that Eclectic issued after receiving backlash from many students regarding the application’s contents. We will not be including images of the Eclectic application in this post, but one can be found above on Gao’s blog.
Additionally, we understand that students (both Eclectic members and non-members alike) have written many statements on social media about the incident. If any of those students are interested in sharing their pieces on this post, feel free to email us at staff(at)wesleying(dot)org.
Just now, Roth sent an all-campus email about meeting the demands. His email can be found after the jump (note: It’s very long).
Update (11/21/2015, 3:24pm): The students of color who organized the Is This Why movement released a statement responding to Roth’s email on their website. It reads:
The #IsThisWhy movement demanded written statements from the President of Wesleyan University, Michael Roth, and Vice President for Equity and Inclusion/Title IX Officer, Antonio Farias within 48 hours. Michael Roth has responded within our timeline, but Antonio Farias has failed to do so. President Roth’s response proved him incapable of addressing exactly how the university has neglected each marginalized community on campus both in the past and in the present, and in doing so, he failed to produce a detailed action plan committing to the demands set forth by the #IsThisWhy organizers.
This campus cannot function without the intellectual and emotional labor of Students of Color. As promised, we will be taking further action. We will be demanding more.
Over the past several weeks, students at colleges across the country (including Mizzou, Yale, Ithaca, and Claremont McKenna) have brought attention to the rampant racism, discrimination, and oppression that students of color experience during their time on campuses. It goes without saying that these same systemic issues are present at Wesleyan, and President Michael Roth just sent an all-campus email about administrative efforts to create a more equitable community.
Note: If any student is interested in writing a response to Roth for Wesleying or talking about student activism, racism on campus, or anything else, please don’t hesitate to email us at staff(at)wesleying(dot)org.
It’s likely you’ve already read Bryan Stascavage ‘18‘s infuriating “Why Black Lives Matter Isn’t What You Think,” published Monday in the Argus’ opinion section. I’m not as Wes this semester, but it was apparent even from Facebook that I was not alone in my anger: in the past few days, many students have voiced their outrage at the article and its publication. As another widely-read campus publication, Wesleying has a responsibility to address these issues. Though my fellow editors are aware I am posting this, the following views are mine as an individual.
Jack Dougherty will speak about the history of the schooling and housing boundaries that have divided metropolitan Hartford, and the struggles of families and civil rights activists to cross over, redraw, or erase these lines. Professor Dougherty is teaching a course this semester on education and entrepreneurship, and his book On the Line: How Schooling, Housing, and Civil Rights Shaped Hartford and its Suburbs is available here as a digital-first, open-access book-in-progress.
“Your assumptions about my ethnicity do not trump my lived experience.” (photo from wesaasc.org)
The Asian American Student Collective has launched a photo campaign answering the question “So where are you really from?” to highlight the discriminatory undertones of such seemingly innocent questions. Look below the jump for more about the campaign and the rest of the photos.
The recent news that a Wesleyan student is suing Psi U due to rape allegations has sparked debate over the role of fraternities in sexual assault, and their presence on college campuses. Zach Schonfeld ’13 has written two in-depth articles on the matter. The first explores the history of various universities that have decided to get rid of their fraternities, and the follow-up wondering if Wesleyan will be the next to do the same.
A recent piece in The Nation explores the worrying fate of publically engaged academic intellectuals in the university system, reflecting on the recent firings of two Columbia professors.