The outgoing chair of the University of Wisconsin-Madison student government ripped her college upon departure, saying it “lacks the capacity, courage, and integrity to protect communities of color.”
The Daily Cardinal reports that in a letter addressed to the entire UW-Madison community, Carmen Goséy wrote “I was operating in a white position as a person of color […] Now I see the University was not designed for the success of minority communities; it was designed for white students to learn about my oppression while not having to participate in dismantling it.”
She added “all white people are racist” and that her chairmanship of the Associated Students of Madison made her “a token for white supremacists.”
From Goséy’s letter (via The Daily Wire):
As I move on from the role as Chair of Student Council, I believe it is necessary to leave honestly. The University is on stolen, Ho-Chunk land, yet does little to recognize its historic significance. For the University to truly recognize this sacred land and its inhabitants it would have to acknowledge the resentment and oppression that people of color face every day. This institution perpetuates and suppresses the voices that are the most vulnerable. As Chair, I used to be hopeful. I used to be proud. I am no longer content with the University’s action and active silencing of students of color on this campus. I ask people of color to reconsider your place at this institution. I ask parents of color to rethink sending your children to this institution. …
Racism is an institutionalized structure which is embedded in ASM and the University. Racism is a system designed to disadvantage people of color and create inequalities in each pocket os society. All white people are racist. Not only by upholding a system of disadvantage but being born into a conditioned environment where you are many steps ahead. Being a racist is not an option, it is a condition. However, being an anti-racist is a choice. A choice that white people will have to make which boils down to what they are willing to do to actively participate in deconstructing racism.
Goséy signs off “Your woke, ratchet 23rd ASM Chair Carmen Goséy.” (Wait — isn’t “ratchet” racist??)
Two “First Wave” UW-Madison students support Goséy’s statement, according to The Daily Cardinal. One of them, Cortez de la Cruz II (who helped to organize protests against Ben Shapiro and Steve Forbes), said the university’s “slow response time” to racist incidents is an example of it not protecting minority students.
He added: “[Goséy] as well as POC bend over backwards to even just fight for the basic human rights that we should have on this campus.”