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Discussion in 'BBS Hangout: Debate & Discussion' started by basso, Nov 13, 2015.

  1. basso

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    probably cisist too.

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    [rquoter]Amherst Uprising - What We Stand For

    Submitted by Amherst Uprising - a collective of students on campus who came together as a result of the sit-In organized in Frost Library on 11/12/15.

    Students shared the demands below with President Biddy Martin that same evening in Frost.

    Initiate within 24-48 hours and complete by Wednesday, November 18, 11:59 pm.

    Please communicate this list to the Board of Trustees on behalf of the students.

    This list includes demands not only for President Biddy Martin but for key people of the administration —

    Preamble:

    We, Students of Amherst College, refuse to accept the negative social climate created towards our peers of color and other marginalized groups. We have begun this movement, Amherst Uprising, in an effort to change the status quo for a more just and inclusive environment within our campus. We demand that Amherst become a leader in the fight to promote a better social climate towards individuals who have been systematically oppressed. Student leaders acknowledge and support the demands previously stated and currently being presented. Furthermore, we demand the College acknowledge its ethical and moral responsibilities as an institution and community of our world. Amherst College should not be complicit in oppressive organizations and systems, no less.

    We as a compassionate student body have gathered to address the legacy of oppression on campus. If these goals are not initiated within the next 24 to 48 hours, and completed by November 18th, we will organize and respond in a radical manner, through civil disobedience. If there is a continued failure to meet our demands, it will result in an escalation of our response.

    1. President Martin must issue a statement of apology to students, alumni and former students, faculty, administration and staff who have been victims of several injustices including but not limited to our institutional legacy of white supremacy, colonialism, anti-black racism, anti-Latinx racism, anti-Native American racism, anti-Native/ indigenous racism, anti-Asian racism, anti-Middle Eastern racism, heterosexism, cis-sexism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism, ableism, mental health stigma, and classism. Also include that marginalized communities and their allies should feel safe at Amherst College.

    2. We demand Cullen Murphy ‘74, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, to issue a statement of apology to students, alumni and former students, faculty, administration, and staff who have been victims of several injustices including but not limited to our institutional legacy of white supremacy, colonialism, anti-black racism, anti-Latinx racism, anti-Native American racism, anti-Native/ indigenous racism, anti-Asian racism, anti-Middle Eastern racism, heterosexism, cis-sexism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism, ableism, mental health stigma, and classism

    3. Amherst College Police Department must issue a statement of protection and defense from any form of violence, threats, or retaliation of any kind resulting from this movement.

    4. President Martin must issue a statement of apology to faculty, staff and administrators of color as well as their allies, neither of whom were provided a safe space for them to thrive while at Amherst College.

    5. President Martin must issue a statement to the Amherst College community at large that states we do not tolerate the actions of student(s) who posted the “All Lives Matter” posters, and the “Free Speech” posters that stated that “in memoriam of the true victim of the Missouri Protests: Free Speech.” Also let the student body know that it was racially insensitive to the students of color on our college campus and beyond who are victim to racial harassment and death threats; alert them that Student Affairs may require them to go through the Disciplinary Process if a formal complaint is filed, and that they will be required to attend extensive training for racial and cultural competency.

    6. President Martin must issue a statement of support for the revision of the Honor Code to reflect a zero-tolerance policy for racial insensitivity and hate speech.

    7. President Martin must release a statement by Friday, November 13th, 2015 by 5:00pm that condemns the inherent racist nature of the unofficial mascot, the Lord Jeff, and circulate it to the student body, faculty, alumni, and Board of Trustees. This will be followed up by the encouraged removal of all imagery including but not limited to apparel, memorabilia, facilities, etc. for Amherst College and all of its affiliates via a phasing out process within the next year.

    8. Dean Epstein must ask faculty to excuse all students from all 5 College classes, work shifts, and assignments from November 12th, 2015 to November 13th, 2015 given their organization of and attendance at the Sit-In.

    9. Do not threaten the jobs of the faculty, staff, or administrators that support our list of demands. Such threats will result in an escalation of our response.

    10. The Office of Alumni and Parent Programs must send former students an email of current events on campus including a statement that Amherst College does not condone any racist or culturally insensitive reactions to this information.

    11. Dean Epstein must encourage faculty to provide a space for students to discuss this week’s events during class time.

    Please acknowledge that all of these statements of apology are not the end all - that they are only a part of short-term healing and by no means achieve all of the goals we will set forth. We are in the process of finalizing long-term goals which we hope to collaborate on regularly with all members of the community.

    By no means does this start/stop with the administration.
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  2. Cohete Rojo

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    Augustus Belmont was an enforcer for the Rothschilds in the slave-era US. Has anyone associated with the Belmont Stakes apologized?

    [rQUOTEr]http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/7c0f5014-628c-11de-b1c9-00144feabdc0.html#axzz3rOkGkUEI

    Apologies and acknowledgements

    Several institutions have apologised for, or acknowledged, their links to slavery including:

    ●In March 2002, Deadria C. Farmer-Paellmann, a lawyer and activist, launched an unsuccessful legal action against Aetna , a healthcare benefits company, and others for unjust enrichment through slavery. Legislation in California and Illinois prompted several companies to research their past and some to apologise and make atonement gestures.

    ●In mid-2000 Aetna, prompted by Ms Farmer-Paellmann, was one of the first to apologise for insurance policies written on slaves 140 years earlier.

    ●In 2002, New York Life, the insurer, donated documents about the insurance it sold to slave owners in the 1840s to a New York library. It also backed educational efforts.

    ●In 2005 JPMorgan, the investment bank, apologised that two of its predecessors in Louisiana – Citizens Bank and Canal Bank – had mortgaged slaves. The bank made its research public and set up a $5m scholarship fund for African- American pupils.

    ● Lehman Brothers apologised in 2005 for its predecessors’ links to slavery, while Bank of America said it regretted any actions its predecessors might have taken to support or tolerate slavery.
    Wachovia Bank, since acquired by Wells Fargo, also apologised for its predecessors having owned and profited from slaves. It set up a programme offering $1bn in loans for black car dealerships.

    ●In October 2001 students at Yale University pointed out its past links with slavery. The university noted it had already founded the Gilder-Lehrman centre for the study of slavery.

    ●Brown University has set up a commission to look into links with slavery and how it should make amends.

    ●In 2006 Tony Blair, prime minister, expressed “deep sorrow” for the UK’s role in the slave trade.

    ●Last week the US Senate unanimously passed a resolution apologising for slavery and segregation.[/rQUOTEr]
     
  3. dumbartonbass

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    I'm just going to go live on the sun.
     
  4. dharocks

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    Simple question for you guys:

    Do you believe that the United States' African-American population still faces, and is affected by, the existence of institutionalized racism in our country?

    Yes or no?
     
  5. DCkid

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    Yes.

    What's your next question?
     
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    My question was mostly directed at basso (probably should have specified that), who seems to mock the idea (quite frequently) that such a thing even exists in our country. But for all his faults, I feel like nobody can be that obtuse.

    My next question would be, if yes, why take such delight in downplaying its effects on the AA population at large? And if no, how can one possibly defend that belief?
     
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    I would very much be curious to hear our resident conservatives answer this question - but they won't. we all know the answer is NO.
     
  8. Bobbythegreat

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    Large scale? No, not really.
    Could you maybe find some small scale examples? Probably, sure. Racism is something that affects every race.

    Does the majority of the African-American population still think that they face and are affected by the existence of large scale institutionalized racism in our country? Without a doubt, yes.....and that thought is especially prevalent among those in that community who are failures in life looking for someone else to blame for their failure.
     
  9. larsv8

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    My god.

    Innocent child.
     
  10. dharocks

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    Okay, follow-up for you then: Is there any amount of empirical evidence that could cause you to change your position?
     
  11. dharocks

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    I'm also curious to hear pouhe's opinion; my general impression is that he believes it exists, but that blacks need to essentially suck it up and overcome it instead of using it as an excuse, but I don't want to put words in his mouth.
     
  12. Bobbythegreat

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    Sure, I'd be open to change my mind if there was sufficient evidence of large scale institutionalized racism. Of course if you want to point out things like incarceration rates, that's not actual evidence of institutionalized racism even though some seem to think it is.
     
  13. dharocks

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    Okay, but let's start with a discussion on incarceration because that's probably a good place to jump off.

    It's been documented that when kids hit the court system, Black children are 18x more likely to be sentenced as adults than whites, and are more likely to be viewed as adults in juvenile detention proceedings than their white counterparts (This according to the American Psychological Association).

    Additionally, whites and blacks are generally just as likely to get murdered annually, but over 3/4s of murderers who face the Death Penalty killed someone white, while only 13 percent of death row execution are for those who killed a black person (source).

    Evidence of large-scale institutionalized racism or no, in your mind?
     
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    No. There are multiple factors for why that happens such as previous criminal record, poverty, and the severity of the crimes that are committed....ignoring the actual causes and blaming things on institutional racism is short sighted at best.
     
  16. Cohete Rojo

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    The institution known as slavery has a large residual effect on both whites and blacks. Poor whites in the slave era south never dared to anger their masters and there is still some of that residue to this day.
     
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    Tell us more about poor whites and their "masters."
     
  18. Dairy Ashford

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    There are 40 million blacks and all different types of institutions with various barriers and pipelines to entry. So to categorically say that blacks are or aren't affected by institutional bias isn't any less subjective than asking if poor whites, first-generation immigrants, uneducated single moms or handicapped people face the same.
     
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