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Dartmouth Students Claim Racial Oppression, Threaten ‘Physical Action’

A group of disgruntled students at Dartmouth College sent an 8-page protest letter to leaders of the Ivy League institution Monday calling for reparations for what they claim is the school’s oppressive and racist atmosphere – and threatened “physical action” if their demands are not met.

The list of demands, written by “concerned Asian, Black, [email protected], Native, Undocumented, Queer, and Differently-Abled students,” include:

• Racial enrollment quotas for Black and Latino students to “at least 10 percent each”

• “Ensure that 47 percent of post-doctoral students are people of color”

• “Ban the use of ‘illegal aliens, illegal immigrants, wetback’ and any racially charged term”

• Mandate cultural competency and sensitivity training for professors

• “Ask staff/faculty to use students’ and employees’ preferred gender pronouns”

• Enroll more students in the country illegally (undocumented students); and provide them free legal assistance and financial aid

• Convert ethnic studies programs into full-fledged departments

• Incorporate into each department at least one queer studies class

• Increase the interdisciplinary academic focus on sexualities

• Enact curricular changes to force students to study social justice and marginalization in depth

• Provide gender-neutral bathrooms in every building on campus

• “Create a policy with serious consequences against hate speech/crimes”

• Create a policy penalizing and discriminating against students who use the Indian mascot

• Require school’s conservative paper give up “Dartmouth” name if they use term “Indian”

Enacting these changes and the many others listed on the lengthy demand letter, its authors stated, will “eradicate systems of oppression as they affect marginalized communities on this campus.”

“These systems–which include racism, classism, sexism, heterosexism, and ableism—are deployed at Dartmouth and beyond as forms of institutional violence,” the letter states. “We demand that Dartmouth challenge these systems by redistributing power and resources in a way that is radically equitable.”

The unnamed students go on to assert that by March 24 – the first day of spring term – Dartmouth administrators must publicly respond to each item raised in the letter with “its exact commitment to each one of its demands” and that reparations that require funds “have a monetary commitment in the 2014-2015 fiscal budget.”

“If the Dartmouth administration does not respond by the indicated time, those who believe in freedom will be forced to physical action,” the letter states. “As mentioned before, this proposal is not about interpersonal interactions, but about restoring justice in an institution beset with a history of discriminatory and oppressive practices.”

The letter does not specify what “physical action” will be taken.

The students called their reparations a “freedom budget,” and CC’d a copy of their letter to every student at Dartmouth College.

DEVELOPING: Check back to The College Fix for campus reaction to the letter.

College Fix contributor Sandor Farkas is a student at Dartmouth College.

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Sandor Farkas is a member of the Dartmouth College class of 2017 and the Valley Forge Military Academy class of 2013. He studies history and serves as a cadet in the U.S. Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps. In addition to writing for The College Fix, he is a senior editor at the Dartmouth Review. President of Dartmouth Students for Israel, he considers himself a Revolutionary Zionist. In what little free time he has, he reenacts the American War of Independence, builds military dioramas, and occasionally sleeps.

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  • Pepperspray137

    What does allowing illegal undocumented peoples going to school and receiving free legal assistance have to do with racism? NOTHING, nothing at all. The land of one’s birth has nothing to do with their race. What will these dbag students going to protest when there are no white people at all in schools of higher education? I mean beside the white leftist leadership elites.

    • Michael Becker

      They’re not “illegal undocumented peoples”. They’re illegal aliens.

  • Carl_Bankston

    Are you sure the letter isn’t a hoax? It does sound like material for The Onion. It would be interesting to see what kind of a queer studies course the math & engineering departments would come up with.

    • tagfu222

      Queer math

      If the Taliban captured 20 infidels and there were 12 more straight people than there were queers, how many people (X) would the Taliban execute.

      (12+X) + X = 20
      2X = 8
      X = 4

      The Taliban would execute 20 infidels.

      • Jerry S

        You sir win the internets!

    • Norris Allen

      How long would the term queer studies last without some protest .?

      • Michael Becker

        Only to be replaced by “faggot studies”?

    • Scott Lloyd

      Definitely not a hoax, but it is not a majority opinion either. It is agitprop, a wish-list of irrational demands meant to seize the moral high ground. Today’s leftist radicals have so little to complain about, they complain about everything and make up imaginary wrongs to right.

    • Marg

      The Black Student Union did the exact same thing 2 months ago at U Of Michigan! They held a news conference and stood screaming and reading each of these almost same demands! The Communist Academics gave in to their demands!

  • RedChief

    Give them the bathrooms then tell them to go pound sand on the rest….

  • Michael Becker

    I am one old white guy who absolutely supports these victims of Dartmouth. I really, really want them to win, on EVERY point. Dartmouth deserves no less.

    • Lord Acton

      Are you the editor from The Onion that authorized the article above? You should be replaced by a transgendered Inuit polar bear.

      • Gooseontheloose

        Polar bear is a racist term.

        • blight14

          Gravity is also racist….as is the sun-rises-in-the-east…..please make a note for your records.

      • Chris Granzow XI

        It has to be left-handed too.

    • peterlake

      I also am one old white guy but I actually WENT to Dartmouth and I maintain this is a hoax.
      You’re not going to find seven students who are going to risk their whole college career at Dartmouth to protest imaginary oppression and anonymously threaten violence.
      They make it sound like a plantation and that’s just ridiculous.
      If anything the college swings way too far left for my money.

      • BillyBob Bob

        I think that was his point.

      • Michael Becker

        It is a plantation. A plantation run by the left – see every inner-city ghetto. And the letter is for real.

        • peterlake

          Yes, Michael, it sure is real. I couldn’t believe it, but it’s true.
          I’ve been following the discussion in the college newspaper and on a private, Dartmouth-only BBS. What amazes me is how little discussion appears about the threatening nature of the demands.
          Dartmouth’s president has gently responded with a “we’ll take a look” response.
          The public meeting held on Wednesday to discuss this “Freedom Budget” was proclaimed to be “off the record” for the paper, which now finds itself in hot water for even staying around a meeting that was supposed to be “off the record” and then not knowing what to do afterward.
          In short, all amateurs at work here.
          Really weak on every side.

          • Michael Becker

            Any response, assuming the idiots takeover a building or some comparable act, short of immediate expulsion – after being pepper sprayed, handcuffed and manacled, held without bail for trial, and convicted of trespass and whatever else they can be charged with will be a clear enabler for this ilk.

            If the university gives them anything other than the boot there will be open warfare on Dartmouth’s mall and it will spread to every other like-minded campus in a heartbeat.

            The alums who fund the school darn well better get on the phone and let the administration and the board know they’ve seen their last dime if they cave.

    • BillyBob Bob

      I hear ya.

  • philster7656

    When I was a student at Northern Illinois University in the early 1980s, the Black Student Union threatened “action- action you won’t like” (direct quote, I remember it) because the Homecoming activities were somehow “disrespectful” as they were geared only towards white students. They especially complained about the main concert for Homecoming, which completely ignored Black students’ sensibilities.

    The act performing the main concert? Muddy Waters.

    No, really, they were complaining that Muddy Waters wasn’t a Black man. It turned out that the Black student Union had elected a foreign exchange student from Africa as their President, I guess because he was more authentic. He and a couple of other students who weren’t from the northern Illinois (read: Chicago) area sent the letter to the student newspaper. Of course, everyone from the Chicago, even those who were not blues fans, knew who Muddy Waters was, so it was quite entertaining.

  • AllergicToKoolAid

    Private school?
    Expel the lot of them.

  • BillyBob Bob

    Oooh, somebody must have received a ‘U’ in their remedial English and Math class..

  • ATTILA727

    It’s a joke. If for real, they would be in violation of the RICO statutes , as this would clearly be extortion by an organized group.

  • Norris Allen

    Attending Dartmouth is not a right ,these demands will not help students lead a better life or have better employment opportunities .
    Admissions should be based on the persons past records of community service ,grades and maybe sports .
    Whenever quotas are used unqualified students are put in where they can’t compete . The qualified minorities are not given the respect they deserve after graduating because of the assumption they were passed by affirmative action .

  • Tomg

    I’m just going to have a swing at the grapefruits here…..“Ban the use of ‘illegal aliens, illegal immigrants, wetback’ and any racially charged term”..Yes, racial slurs used, you get a beat-down, I’m good with that! But now we have to change federal law to eliminate definitions of individuals that actually exist?! Geeeez?!

    “Ensure that 47 percent of post-doctoral students are people of color”…..So the school must either force people to continue their education and pay out of pocket for it or take loans they will spend the better part of 20 years paying off (on average), OR, allow unqualified / incapable students to continue through the program, OR, they unjustifiably eliminate candidates from the program so the quota percentage is met.

    Standing up for your beliefs is a strong personal trait, but when threats are part of demands hiding within anonymity, have they/you, not become a terrorist?!

    One of the definitions of ‘Anonymous’ is lacking individuality, unique character, or distinction.

  • Will any of this mumbo jumbo get you a JOB?

    • JeffersonSpinningInGrave

      How about the job of AG of the United States of America?

      http://moonbattery.com/?p=18452

      Crazy demands backed by the threat of violence are fine in the new, fundamentally transformed America (as long as you are a leftist).

    • Michael Becker

      Yes. As a highly paid university administrator.

  • rechill

    I would like to suggest the physical action that they can take…

  • physicsnut

    screw them

  • JINNASH

    What a bunch of crybabies. The letter should be publically thrown in the shredder.

  • Ron Bockman

    expel them, keep their tuition money as a fine.

  • psuedon

    See this page on Tumblr about oppression:

    http://erasingprivilege.tumblr.com/oppressionlevel

    • another_engineer

      tell me that’s not real… has to be spoof

  • I wouldn’t put something like this past campus radicals these days. But it would be good to see a source for this.

  • agular17

    As long as ZERO public money, including student loans, goes to Dartmouth, go for it.

    • Steven Keane

      I agree I love watching these private school implode!

  • Tukadoodle

    At least they didn’t ban us “conservative” Jews…or not? With a total city population of only 10,000 I doubt they do much. I bet they all are “illegal aliens” a phrase they ban but use it in their next sentenance. I’m thinking it’s maybe a conservative student doing a false flag? They/him/her don’t like or use the word Queer and it lacks proper ” liberal phrases/descriptions they most certainly would use. It’s why I say it’s probably some/an illegal student/s if it’s not another college false flag. It also could be a double false flag by Commie flags.

  • NM156

    Well, I’m ready when you are, minorities…

    • another_engineer

      Yup. they’re going to push whitey right to the brink.. then watch out. When it hits the fan we congeal rather well and can be single minded.

  • anon ymous

    The left in America which controls all of academia and all major news networks including PBS ( our own state OWNED news network ) came to power by “taking it to the streets” and intimidating duly elected governments. It isn’t something desired by civilized people who respect the democratic process but if we are ever going to get back what our founders left us we are going to have to take it back. Which will means that at some point we will likely have to us our enemies tactics.

  • gah

    And all this started with the lefts demand for Affirmative Action, and then their imposition of Political Correctness as our national religion.

    • Katherine McChesney

      And we all know that Affirmative Action is a hoax.

  • GirlIQ

    This sounds like the policies of the California legislature and the Barrack Hussein Adminstration. I wonder who’s pulling the strings on these kids? Similar manipulation happening at UC’s in California. Puppet pupils doing somebody’s bidding. Scary how gullible “smart” kids are.

  • HE3

    If they made these same threats to the government, it’s grounds for arrest and up to 20 years in prison.

  • another_engineer

    LOL.. you have to sit back and marvel at the stupidity of people who ally themselves with self mutilators, mental dysfunctionals and the like…
    why didn’t they just come right out and say ” WE HATE WHITEY” !!

  • Katherine McChesney

    This is a crock of you-know-what. This is classic bullying by inept, deviant and racist students. Illegals do NOT deserve a ‘free ride’ in America.

  • Negroid Plague

    Ni%%ers and spics need to go the fu$#K back to their own countries.

  • Bob A

    This happened in Michigan too. The schools that cave need to be boycotted.

  • EP

    If you don’t like your school, you whiny little liberal brats, GO ELSEWHERE. What a bunch of nutbags.

  • you assholes need to know this: we will eradicate you. so surrender or be killed off. Your choice, dumbfucks.

  • Dave Carr

    As an African American who went to a predominantly white university let me just say, this is the DUMBEST thing I have ever read! If these college kids are too blind to see they are lucky enough to be at a prestigious university then please shove them out and get some kids off the wait list (irregardless of color) to take their spots!