As I go forward into the world outside of this little bubble, I want to leave everyone with a few words of advice, a few last opinions before I leave campus and this column for good.
Alleging that certain things are apolitical is harmful because it allows us to think about bad things that happen in the world as misfortune, instead of as injustice, which forces us to search for the root cause and correct it.
In fact, having some of these speakers on campus can actually harm our educations. By creating a space that allows for the alt-right to speak freely without adequate critique, those hosting the speaker are also opening the space to real violence against people from historically marginalized backgrounds.
By holding South Africa accountable for letting al-Bashir go, the ICC can set a precedent of going after those who are complicit in atrocities.
It may be very easy to sit back and say something to the effect of “oh, aren’t all these natural disasters horrible.” While it is true that the situation is not good and we should feel empathy toward the people affected by the droughts, it is important, too, to remember that this is not exactly a series of random natural disasters.
The fact that there has been a resurgence of xenophobic violence in South Africa as of late ought to deeply trouble us all.
In order to learn how such change making might be possible, we must read more and read more kinds of texts, and we should certainly be prioritizing all kinds of fiction.
In response to these conservative movements, though, protests are also cropping up all around the world.