Dartmouth cancels classes to address ‘outbreak of violent hate speech’

Dartmouth College has canceled classes tomorrow in order to offer what administrators in an email called “alternative programming designed to bring students, faculty, and staff together to discuss Dartmouth’s commitment to fostering debate that promotes respect for individuals, civil and engaged discourse, and the value of diverse opinions.”

Hurricanes, blizzards? No big deal…but one protest cancels a whole day of classes? Okay you’re right Dartmouth, that totally makes sense.

— Christie (@chrstiechrsdays) April 23, 2013

hurricane sandy was around the corner and dartmouth didn’t cancel classes this protest is wild

— Joel M (@joekool901) April 23, 2013

Dartmouth canceled classes tmw in response to a sexual assault protest. They never cancel classes, even for blizzards!

— QP (@qpsucks) April 23, 2013

Dartmouth classes cancelled tomorrow in response to threatening comments made at students who protested homophobia, sexual assault, racism.

— Sarah Brubeck (@sarbrube) April 24, 2013

It must be something big for Dartmouth to cancel classes, so what’s the occasion? That “massive outbreak of violent hate speech,” as author and assistant professor of English Jeff Sharlet put it, allegedly was directed toward members of a group called “Real Talk Dartmouth” who crashed a campus event last week to demand that the school address charges of sexual assault, racism, and homophobia on campus.

On its website, Real Talk described the protest as reaching out “to current and prospective students to engage in a dialogue about persistent, systematic, and structural issues of racism, sexism, rape culture, homophobia, classism, and ableism at Dartmouth.” The group posted video of the protest to YouTube, showing plenty of Occupy-style “human microphone” chants alleging that “Dartmouth has a problem.”

Read @jeffsharlet posting on #uglyivy student responses to an anti-hate campaign at Dartmouth.

— Kathryn Joyce (@kathrynajoyce) April 22, 2013

If you need your faith in young Americans restored, by all means do not look at the #uglyivy timeline.

— Joans (@joanofdark) April 23, 2013

What’s the antidote to massive outbreak of racist homophobic rape fantasy speech at Dartmouth? Sunlight. That means media.

— JeffSharlet (@JeffSharlet) April 23, 2013

@jeffsharlet In the 20 years at Dartmouth, this is at least the 5th time we have been down this road, with all varieties of mediation.

— Marty Favor (@martyfavor) April 24, 2013

@jeffsharlet The problem is deeply institutional and has never been seriously addressed.There is one major place to start the reform…

— Marty Favor (@martyfavor) April 24, 2013

My classes are, every day of the week, “teach-ins” in class, race, gender, sexuality.The cuts require more than that sort of band-aid.

— Marty Favor (@martyfavor) April 24, 2013

What too many social movements lack is a sense of history and the ways in which we are not fighting unique battles that are specific to us.

— Marty Favor (@martyfavor) April 24, 2013

Dartmouth Review executive editor Melanie Wilcox lends her perspective as a journalist and student.

Do I get $320 tuition back? Dartmouth to cancel all Wednesday classes in response student’s protest shar.es/JUIqS via @campusreform

— Melanie Wilcox (@melanie_wilcox) April 23, 2013

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2013/04/23/dartmouth-cancels-classes-to-address-massive-outbreak-of-violent-hate-speech/

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