Dear College Republicans,
I think that you all exemplify the illusion of white allyship. Earlier this semester, there was an incident that occurred in the meeting you all held in regards to the Yik-Yak resolution. In that meeting an individual stated that people of color should grow thicker skin, “People are going to call you N******. They are going to call you spics…” The individual then proceeded to describe a lynching in grotesque detail. All the while, none of your members in attendance did anything to stop that individual. In fact, members (and/or visitors) of the club sat there and agreed with the statements made. As usual, the minority students in attendance had to stand up for themselves.
In the wake of this incident, you all proceeded to cover up the event; sending emails and sending letters to the Point News claiming that you all handled the situation during the meeting. Telling people that you all spoke up to correct the individual and stand up for those minorities in attendance. And it seemed as though you all got away with it, and I was willing to let it slide. However, with the rising tension on this campus and in the county as a result of the election, I refuse to let anything else slide. It irks me that I now see individuals that were in attendance during that same meeting wearing safety pins. Which leads me to wonder… Who exactly are you all standing up for? Who are you going to advocate for?
Furthermore, a great number of students participated in the walk out on November 16th, 2016. During which, we passed members of your club simply standing and watching as we walked by. Showing no interest at all in joining us in our peaceful display of solidarity to denounce the hate that has resulted from the presidential election. I would just like to remind you that, as Desmond Tutu said, “If you’re neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.”