Last week, I joined students across campus and concerned people around the country in a 24-hour solidarity fast with hunger-striking political prisoners in Guantanamo Bay.
I have been avoiding writing this column for about three weeks now–and I might avoid getting to the point for a few more sentences. I think I fell back into depression again these last few weeks.
While I did not experience those things in the first few weeks of the quarter, I am feeling them quite heavily right now–and for reasons that have very little to do with my time in South Africa.
The Stanford Review took down a reactionary op-ed attacking candidates and communities of color from its website this evening, before republishing it less than an hour later. The piece, “Why You Cannot Vote for SOCC” written by Jason Lupatkin ‘13 and published at some point today, was taken down within an hour of the piece…
On a systemic and structural level, racism in the United States only exists against non-white people
Acknowledging my relative class comfort and privilege at home will help me more authentically and meaningfully engage with those around me.
Just as we have to support Caroline, Dennis, Frank and Tony, we must stand strong as a student body and demand that the university ring true to its values.
Regardless–and I emphasize regardless–of what narratives one subscribes to about the Palestinian situation, regardless of whether people don’t know much about what’s going on, don’t care, or think it’s too divisive, I ask one very simple question: Why SHOULD we invest in companies that we know cause social harm and violate the most sacrosanct of human rights?