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Solidarity Against Hatred Rally

Student Assembly President Timothy A. Andreadis '07

November 29, 2006

I have never felt more proud to be a member of the Dartmouth community than I do today.

What is Dartmouth? What does it stand for?

For four years I have been asking myself when the climate at Dartmouth will change? When will EVERY student engage in behavior that fosters community rather than destroys it? When will privilege become visible to those who enjoy it? When will racial hostility be replaced by understanding and activism?

There have been too many incidents on this campus aimed at minority students, specifically Native Americans and African Americans. Why do people feel they have the right to ignore the concerns of others when someone tells you to their face that they don't approve or are hurt and upset by your actions?

Yet again, the Native American community has become an easy target for those who wish to rant against sensitivity and political correctness. How dare anyone suggest that someone should not feel the way that they do or that their emotions are not as important as your right to say and do hurtful things?

I am appalled at the recent release of the Dartmouth Review, and although this is about a much larger problem than a specific publication or the hurtful actions of one or two students, I want these individuals who are responsible to know that as a Dartmouth community unified against this kind of hatred, we will not tolerate this kind of behavior. We need to look these individuals in eye and tell them that we are sick and tied of being sick and tired. As a member of the Dartmouth community I want to hold my peers to a much higher standard that what I have seen exhibited over the past four years and specifically in the recent months.

I am angered and dismayed that my peers could be so thoughtless, manipulative, careless, and yes RACIST! Why does the term racist scare so many? Racism affects us all. It is a social ill that we encounter on a daily basis, whether we are blind to our privilege, or are on the receiving end of racist actions, it envelops us all. I am a white male. In EVERY arena of life into which I enter, I will always be a white male and my status as such has afforded me more privileges than I could ever know.

I am encouraged by the outpouring of administrative, faculty, and staff support for these concerns in the past week. But I ask everyone to keep up the fight. Now more than ever Dartmouth needs to stand, unwavering in their stance, against racism, sexism, homophobia, and classism.

Because I am sick and tired of being sick and tired.

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