From Jocelyn Greene of Scripps College,
Last weekend, the homophobic slur, "fag" was written on a Pomona student's dry erase board on four occasions over the course of four days. On Friday, there was a "Bias Incident" report emailed to all students. This email explained what had happened and offered contact information for those who felt they needed support in light of this 'incident'. While we appreciate any response from the administration, we feel that this response can not stand on its own; it implies that such an issue can and should be dealt with at the individual level rather than encouraging a community-wide response. We would like to take this issue a step further and ensure that hate crimes such as this provokes a response greater than simply an email from our administration.
As a community, we need to come together and realize that this affects all of us, not just the individual targeted; hate crimes create a less open and supportive community for everyone, regardless of sexual orientation. Can we expect things to change if we continue to frame acts of hate as the problem of the target? Make this a community issue: come to the Motley THIS Wednesday (October 8) from 6-7PM for an open forum. We hope that this forum will create a necessary dialogue and will be a starting point for the change we wish to see at the Claremont Colleges.
Sponsored by the QRC, QQAMP and Family.
For more information, contact Jocelyn Greene at [email withheld]The real question is what about the incident makes it a hate crime? There wasn't any property damage and besides the annoying thing of someone writing "fag" anonymously on your door repeatedly, we don't really have a context for the supposed incident. What does Jocelyn want to accomplish? This country has an unforunate history of communities deciding to punish people without regard to the law or the authorities. We call them vigilantes.
Full disclosure: Jocelyn and I went to Milton Academy together and she and I have a long history that's probably unprintable here.