Hi Will. Django was racist, fool.
Do you think the rich white man is capable of truly understanding white privilege/institutional racism? Will they ever understand their violent history and how it has shaped their life and beliefs today?
If they want to study racism like any other historical subject. Anyone who makes an honest study of anything with have understanding.
NU Board Member Slivka Gives Interesting Opinion About Racism, Privilege & Discrimination to NU Student Via FB Chat in an uncommon conversational exchange
In the past month at the University of Chicago, two separate fraternities have done racist crap! Incident number one was Alpha Delta Phi having the frat brothers mow lawns and cut bushes while wearing sombreros. Incident number two was a facebook event created by Delta Upsilon called “DU Presents:…
[[A friend of mine, a black [man], was training some of my friends. Basically he was told that he had to stop because people were complaining because he was too loud… It’s a gym not the library! But before that he was asked to give the man his wildcard and the man went and checked it. If it had been a white person I KNOW that wouldn’t have happened.
…it was at the track. I didn’t know there was a sound policy. OR you were subjected to being asked who you were when he obviously is a student who got in there with a valid wildcard. I’m tired of it.]] — A student reporting the incident in a public forum online.
The student was asked to leave and had his WildCard checked to see if he was a real student even though they swipe your valid WildCard before you can go into SPAC. The spaces at Northwestern are regulated in a very colonial way.
Published in The Daily Northwestern on April 25, 1968
Do any of the things outlined in this article still ring true today?
Diversify the Environment
An important dimension of the environment is the availability to participate on the characteristic interactions of the university. However there are significant spatial and cultural aspects of the environment at Northwestern which have proven to be inhospitable. Many factors influence the degree to which members of underrepresented groups experience Northwestern as having a welcoming and inclusive climate. Some issues are localized and highly variable across
departments and offices, but others are pervasive and require comprehensive, institutional
solutions. It is important to diversify existing opportunities for “interactions”. While it is not
necessary to create new/more interactions, we can be more creative and engaging with diversifying existing interactions in teaching, special events, residences. These developments will require more data and discussion.
4. It is recommended that:
a) A survey be carried out of the visual, iconic and symbolic aspects of the public image of the university environment that may be expanded to include representations and messages of University Diversity. 31-32
While I think Svitek’s article was both slightly irresponsible and racist I don’t really see anything objectionable in that picture of Kellyn? Is portrayal of someone gesturing a form of dog-whistle politics I’m currently unaware of?
The man looks justifiably angry as he has every right to be in this scenario. The picture may be unflattering to his good looks but not to his point and the matter at hand.
The Daily Northwestern has a clear cut agenda. Patrick Svitek seems hella problematic. One must ask, how are they trying to portray Kellyn right now? Is that how he looked the whole night?
Correspondence from W. H. Seward (Secretary of State under President Lincoln) to Gov. John Evans
re: Request by President for Resignation - 7/18/1865
John Evans is considered a distinguished alumni on Northwestern’s Campus — to the extent that the institution has emblazoned his name on our alumni center. The university describes Evans on the alumni website as such: “Dr. John Evans, the principal founder of Northwestern University, also distinguished himself as a physician, railroad builder, urban developer, religious leader, and territorial governor.”
I guess Northwestern is effectively calling the slaughter of 70-163 Cheyenne and Arapaho at the 1864 Sand Creek Massacre distinguished work in urban development as a territorial governor…
In October of 1941, three members of the Interracial Commission visited President Snyder to ask his advice about the problems black students faced in finding adequate housing close to campus. They came with a petition[i] they had circulated demanding racial equality on campus, gathering nearly 800 signatures[ii] and winning the support of Ruth McCarn.[iii] President Snyder suggested that the Commission investigate the problem and submit to him a report on the problem and a recommendation on what could be done about it. They took his advice. On November 6th, the commission sent President Snyder a letter detailing the severity of the problem.[iv]
It was by no means minor. At the time, there were 29 black students in attendance, thirteen male and sixteen female. Of the men, 4 lived at a YMCA on Emerson Street where they lived entirely with working men. The rest of the men lived in apartments on the far west side of Evanston, quite a distance from campus in a neighborhood that is still mostly black. The women had it considerably worse. While 3 came from Evanston families and lived at home, 5 commuted daily from the South Side of Chicago. The letter mentions that those girls “would much rather live on campus if they could find places to stay because school activities such as concerts and theater crews keep them here until late at night and necessitate long trips back to Chicago by elevated and early starts to get back…in the morning.”[v] The 8 additional women lived in various rooming houses in Evanston. One lived at a community center, and the remaining seven were split between two houses 3 blocks apart on Emerson. The only two establishments where these girls were allowed to eat were the student grill in Scott Hall and Hoos’ drug store at Clark and Sherman. According to the letter, most of the girls that boarded in Evanston were too ashamed to show their parents where they were living.[vi]
The Interracial Commission made three proposals on how to rectify the problem. The university could open a residential hall on campus open to female black students that met the same criteria as other residences, they could open a co-operative for women of all races to which any female student could be admitted with parental permission, or they could draw up a list of off-campus housing for black students that the university deems acceptable for students, “as it does for white women.”[vii][viii]
President Snyder forwarded this letter to J.W. Miller, Director of Student Affairs, and Fred Fagg, Dean of Facilities, to investigate the feasibility of these options. Within a week, on November 13th, Miller responded. He said that his staff met on the issue, and found none of the three options feasible. Providing university housing was dismissed as “very difficult” and “not practical,” and Miller says that the University was “not in a position” to assume the financial burden of providing black women with housing. The creation of a list of off-campus housing was deemed difficult because they only knew of one such building, a residence at 816 Emerson where black students already lived. This conclusion appears to be based solely on the meeting on the morning of the 13th, with no further research apparently conducted. Miller goes on to say that the University should talk to the YWCA about some kind of arrangement, as the housing at the YMCA was “satisfactory for Negro men.”[ix] While a letter from two days letter mentions that McCarn was present at the meeting on the 13th[x], it seems unlikely she played much of a role in Miller’s recommendations, based on what we know about her opinions.
Fagg’s office came to a different conclusion. While there are no letters between Snyder and Fagg that have survived, an intraoffice memo from within Fagg’s office lists several residences for black women near campus.[xi] There is no indication that this list was ever released to the public.
[i] The timeline on the petition is unclear. The petition itself is undated, and no mention is made of it in Snyder’s papers on the meeting. However, based on the nature of the petition and the characterization of McCarn in Williamson and Wild’s Northwestern University, evidence points to the petitions as contemporary with the meeting.