My response to each of her statements will be made in italics.
From: "Official Scripps Student List" <All-STUDENT-L@Lists.ScrippsColl
To: "Official Scripps Student List" <All-STUDENT-L@Lists.ScrippsColl
Date: Fri, 01 Feb 2008 13:27:04 -0800
Subject: Racist/Sexist Material on Campus
Sometime in the last few days, the CMC class of 2010 left racist and sexist party invitations with what appears to be a racist party theme on the dining room tables at Scripps College, Malott Commons.First of all, the CMC class of 2010 didn't all go leaving allegedly racist and sexist party invitations. Saying that the class of 2010 went around and did this altogether is slander and is the same kind of group mentality that we ought to be avoiding.
These invitations were not stamped approved and we do not know if any CMC staff knew of them or approved of them.The notion of approval for messages on a campus that is largely adult is insulting. What's more some of those messages, like those of VOX, are patently offensive to students with a pro-life or Christian view point. Of course, those students never complain or demand censorship because they understand the importance of free thought.
I will not describe the content of the invitations so as not to do any more harm or damage to women and African Americans than has already been done , as I suspect these invitations were deposited throughout one or more of The Colleges.Failing to describe the contents of the invitations is a cop out. When you are unwilling to even address the content of what made some students so upset, you do violence to those of us who want to know what happened. How can we have a dialogue when you won't even address the substance and when you insist on tarring the Class of 2010 as racists and sexists?
Further, how dare you speak for all women or African American students? The presumption that all of them were somehow hurt by one flyer is deeply insulting. Not everyone has such ultrasensitivity. When earlier in the year we had a Black Party, you were also silent. How interesting how quickly you jump on somethings and not others.
While principles of free speech may protect these students' rights to advertise in this manner, free speech is best exercised with common sense, intelligence and sensitivity. I am saddened and dismayed , and angered, that students in the year 2008 would use this kind advertising to promote a party. It harms not only women and African Americans, but all of us here at the colleges and undermines our educational efforts.Principles of free speech have nothing to do with students' rights. The First Amendment of the U.S. protects the right of free expression, even if it offends. No one asked you when free speech is best and I, for one, don't care what for your opinion of free speech.
You have a right to express yourself , but you have no right to speak for others, even though you are the Dean of Students at Scripps College. There is no harm here, which I suspect you know because you won't even address the content of that advertisement.
You harmed my right to equal information and to see the flier and make my own determination of whether or not it is sexist or racist. Your argument that it somehow affects education on the colleges is untrue. Students will continue attending classes, professors will continue teaching them, and the world will keep spinning.
I urge any other campus which received these invites to take a similar stand against racism and sexism and communicate their anger and dismay to the CMC Class of 2010 through appropriate ways- such as not attending the party, writing letters to the class leadership and/or student news papers, and refusing to tolerate this kind of treatment of members of our communities.You are well within your right to be upset at the slightest of things, but I have a right to refuse to tolerate your treatment of the class of 2010. You are welcomed to boycott whatever party you want. I somehow doubt that the Dean of Students would have been attending anyways. I almost certainly doubt that Scrippsies will be boycotting the party in question.
Ah, finally the real thing comes out. You just want a reason to continue justifying the existence of these racial centers. Why doesn't anyone else see that these centers continued existence undermines our peace of mind because they constantly must seek aggrieved parties
The Scripps Dean of Students Staff, faculty members and members of the Diversity Coordinating Committee
( listed at http://www.scrippscollege.edu
stand by to support members of our community, and support may be found at the
Office of Black Student Affairs and Chicano/Latino Student Affairs Center.
I have already communicated directly with the CMC Dean of Students so he is aware both of the invitations and the nature of them , and my strong feelings about the theme of this party and how people are depicted in the advertising for it.In my view, the appropriate response for the CMC Dean of Students is to politely ignore the Dean of Students at Scripps College, particularly seeing as the Dean of Students of Scripps College isn't willing to tell her colleagues why these fliers are offensive.