I can’t support a movement that tells me I can’t be a friend to whomever I wish or that other people’s races require me to think about them in a certain way or be suspicious at their advancements. One revelation for me was when I grasped I would be much more likely to help an individual through our legal system towards citizenship than to work towards his or her expulsion. Minorities must have the ability to rise to positions of power, and many supposed “race” issues are in fact issues of structural oppression, poor educational prospects, and limited opportunity. The differences I thought I observed didn’t go nearly as deeply as I imagined. I believe we can move beyond the sort of mind-boggling emphasis white nationalism puts on maintaining an oppressive, exclusive sense of identity—oppressive for others and stifling for our society.
I have done my best since arriving to New College to stay out of people’s hair. Since returning after the big thread about me while I was abroad, I have tried hard to not do anything of note whatsoever. Before I competed in the talent show last year, I debated whether I wanted to live with the potential forum war resulting from me singing a folk song. I always have to weigh whether I want to attend a public lecture for fear of the glares, and a couple club leaders have expressed that they’d prefer I not attend their meetings (including Pluralism Committee). During my first semester back I would go sailing to escape the occasional middle finger in the library, the murmurs when I’d get food in Ham, and the occasional threatening emails.
It always made me feel dirty that I defended them, but I'm proud that I did, and I'm much more proud that I got to be the guy who booted them when I had just cause.
It's a weird relationship to have with that place.
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