As someone who is gay and multiracial, who has grown up in countries with histories of colonization, slavery and racism, where domestic violence is rampant, and where it is still illegal to be gay, for me Vassar is the safest place I have ever known. I have never come across a smarter, more accepting, and more engaging community. If you want to make Vassar more aware and inclusive, please change your tone. For the same reasons people tune out from Rush Limbaugh, they'll tune out from you too.
Yeah, as a member of the QTPOC community, it was much safer for me to be a queer person at Vassar. No one gave me much grief on my sexuality, and I wasn’t as accosted anymore. Funnily enough, my race was an issue, as well as my gender. My politics are an issue. My socioeconomic stats was an issue. So many POC students are expected to be grateful little brown/black people because this holy white institution saved us from the ghettos we come from. And I call that bullshit.
I’m also not going to let you (or anyone for that matter) police the tone of this blog.
We’ve received a message like this before, and here is the response posted:
“If you speak in an angry way about what has happened to our people and what is happening to our people, what does he call it? Emotionalism. Pick up on that. Here the man has got a rope around his neck and because he screams, you know, the cracker that’s putting the rope around his neck accuses him of being emotional. You’re supposed to have the rope around your neck and holler politely, you know. You’re supposed to watch your diction, not shout and wake other people up— this is how you’re supposed to holler. You’re supposed to be respectable and responsible when you holler against what they’re doing to you. And you’ve got a lot of Afro-Americans who fall for that. They say, “No, you can’t do it like that, you’ve got to be responsible, you’ve got to be respectable.” And you’ll always be a slave as long as you’re trying to be responsible and respectable in the eyesight of your master; you’ll remain a slave. When you’re in the eyesight of your master, you’ve got to let him know you’re irresponsible and you’ll blow his irresponsible head off.
And again you’ve got another trap that he maneuvers you into. If you begin to talk about what he did to you, he’ll say that’s hate, you’re teaching hate. Pick up on that. He won’t say he didn’t do it, because he can’t. But he’ll accuse you of teaching hate just because you begin to spell out what he did to you. Which is an intellectual trap—because he knows we don’t want to be accused of hate.
And the average Black American who has been real brain-washed, he never wants to be accused of being emotional. Watch them, watch the real bourgeois Black Americans. He never wants to show any sign of emotion. He won’t even tap his feet. You can have some of that real soul music, and he’ll sit there, you know, like it doesn’t move him.
And then you go a step farther, they get you again on this violence. They have another trap wherein they make it look criminal if any of us, who has a rope around his neck or one is being put around his neck—if you do anything to stop the man from putting that rope around your neck, that’s violence. And again this bourgeois Negro, who’s trying to be polite and respectable and all, he never wants to be identified with violence. So he lets them do anything to him, and he sits there submitting to it nonviolently, just so he can keep his image of responsibility. He dies with a responsible image, he dies with a polite image, but he dies. The man who is irresponsible and impolite, he keeps his life. That responsible Negro, he’ll die every day, but if the irresponsible one dies he takes some of those with him who were trying to make him die."