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.
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:…
Black Male kicked out of crowded gym at SPAC for being "too loud"
[[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.
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.
Thanks horridlittlegames for your question. Firstly, when it comes to an article, everything, from title to word choice and placement to photography is vital in conveying the ‘whole’ message. Now, let’s consider the big picture. This writer in another article describes this same guy as ‘aggressive’, ‘strong arming’, and seemingly rash and emotive. There are probably a number of photos to use to represent Kellyn; why would you use that one?
But in general, understand that everything is politics — especially when you’re dealing with a news paper which allowed letters calling Lewis a criminal, a communist, and comparing him to Al Sharpton (not that there is anything wrong with Rev. Sharpton).
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.
[ii] R.E.O.C. Petition, N.D., Franklyn Snyder Papers, Series 3/16/1, Box 27, Folder 14, Northwestern University Archives, Evanston, Illinois
[iii] Williamson and Wild, Northwestern University, 239
[iv] Commission to Snyder, November 6, 1941.
[viii] As the author is in the midst of searching for off-campus housing for next year, it’s rather ironic that the University used to be much more proactive in helping students in this regard.
[ix] J.W. Miller to Franklyn Snyder, November 13, 1941, Franklyn Snyder Papers, Series 3/16/1, Box 27, Folder 13, Northwestern University Archives, Evanston, Illinois
[x] J.W. Miller to Franklyn Snyder, November 15, 1941, Franklyn Snyder Papers, Series 3/16/1, Box 27, Folder 13, Northwestern University Archives, Evanston, Illinois
[xi] Mary A. Hill to F.D. Fagg, “Housing for Colored Women,” December 2, 1941, Franklyn Snyder Papers, Series 3/16/1, Box 27, Folder 13, Northwestern University Archives, Evanston, Illinois
“Weinberg senior Kellyn Lewis, Medill senior Dallas Wright and Weinberg junior Paul Jackson. Those three students, who are black, have helped dub the party the “Racist Olympics.”—The Daily Northwestern
Remember When Northwestern Helped Fill Concentration Camps?
The History of Northwestern you’ll never hear:
The fight over race and housing was put on hold following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, when the University transitioned into a wartime mindset. In a letter from J.B.C. Etuka Okala, a Nigerian student who was president of the Cosmopolitan Club, expressed solidarity with the University on behalf of his organization and pledged to help with the internment of “enemy nationals that may be calculated dangerous to this country.”[i] Indeed, the University drew up a list of all students of German or Japanese descent that was sent to the Defense Department for purposes of internment.[ii] Until pressure apparently pushed him to change his mind[iii], President Snyder also forbade the admission of students of Japanese descent.[iv]
"Alien illiterates … rule our cities today; the saloon is their palace, and the toddy stick their sceptre. It is not fair that they should vote, nor is it fair that a plantation Negro, who can neither read nor write, whose ideas are bounded by the fence of his own field and the price of his own mule, should be entrusted with the ballot … The colored race multiplies like the locusts of Egypt. The grog-shop is their center of power. The safety of women, of childhood, of the home is menaced in a thousand localities at this moment.”
- Frances WILLARD, on why alcohol was problematic
What does it mean to have buildings named after people like this?
Northwestern Founder Participates in Indigenous Genocide
What does it mean to have buildings named after people like this?
Dear Navajo Nation (not the real one of course),
John Evans was a founding member of this fine institution (and University of Denver). John Evans Alumni Center is named after him, so is Evanston, Il, Evans, CO, and Mt. Evans, CO. John Evans used more than $30,000 (equal to a sum between 750,000 and a 1,000,000) to help the university buy its constitutive properties.
John Evans also participated in the Sand Creek massacre. Breaking the Ft. Laramie Treaty, Evans led 700 men in killing 70-163 Cheyenne and Arapaho (2/3 women and children) so as to claim the land to begin digging for gold (conquest). The 700 men who attacked 70 to 163 Cheyenne and Arapaho not only slaughtered them wholesale but then dismembered their bodies via genital mutilation and scalping. Evans’ punishment? He was asked to resign as Governor.
Your dressing up as Native Americans at a school founded by a man who liked to slaughter them is almost as stupid as Trayvon wearing a hoodie in Florida… you could have been killed by someone… you should be more careful.
by Matt Dolph on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at 2:09pm ·
To the Northwestern Community:
On April 21st, our organization, the Northwestern Ski Team, hosted an event that was entirely inappropriate and inexcusable and for which we are taking full responsibility. This event consisted of obscene and offensive costumes including Native American headdresses, misrepresentation of Bangladeshi culture, and references to the South African apartheid and the Kony 2012 campaign. Not only were these costumes a horribly offensive display of cultural insensitivity, but the event showed a blatant disregard for how such actions would be received by our peers, friends and the entire Northwestern community.
As a team, we would like to express how extremely sorry and regretful we are for allowing such an inappropriate display to occur, and for harming members of our Northwestern community. We recognize that actions like ours occur far too frequently and with far too little hesitation by people in groups all over this campus. We are ashamed to say that it has taken this incident for us to step back and reassess the values that we hold both as a team and as individuals.
We have been in consistent dialogue with concerned students and campus leaders over the last few days to analyze how it is that we let events such as this take place and where to go from here. Through our discussions, we have committed to using our mistakes as both an example and a resource to challenge all students and groups at Northwestern to engage with diversity initiatives on campus and reassess their own values.
We met with administrators today, and will be meeting with the Coalition of Colors, ASG, IFC and PHA this evening in order to develop strategies that will promote and support further dialogue and initiatives to learn and build from this experience across campus. We have no intention of shying away from this incident. We invite any community members with questions or comments to contact us at email@example.com.
“A diverse community is essential to achieve our mission of creating the best possible learning environment and educational experience, because only by exploring issues with people of different backgrounds and viewpoints can we challenge our assumptions, test our ideas and broaden our understanding of the world.” — Daniel Linzer, Provost
Dean Linzer told some students that the “Diversity Report” for 2011 that follows a long series of diversity reports that were published in annual succession was in his office and could be view, by appointment, by any student that wanted to see the report. The report was moved to the office of planning. A group of students asked to have the 2011 report released to show students that the school is serious about changing the campus culture for non-white students and for white students who don’t wish to be on a campus which privileges the norm.