In a demonstration of maximum virtue signaling, the University of Alabama Student Government Association passed a resolution “condemning racist attitudes on campus” in the wake of a student’s racist social media tirade.
Student Harley Barber was expelled from UA this past week for an Instagram post in which she said she “doesn’t care about Martin Luther King Day” and spewed the n-word numerous times.
According to The Crimson White, SGA President Jared Hunter delivered a speech on Thursday noting that Barber’s video “was both appalling and difficult to watch” adding “she does not embody what the university stands for.”
Hunter then pulled a Bandy Lee, the Yale psychiatrist who “diagnosed” President Trump’s mental state:
[He] highlight[ed] the fact that Barber most likely had felt this way for an extended period of time, and that he was not surprised at this behavior.
“We all can agree that sentiments like hers still exist at our university, in our community, in our state, and obviously in our country,” Hunter said. “While I am saddened and disappointed… I would be naive to say that I’m surprised at that behavior.”
After committee discussions, the SGA reconvened to consider as a whole Resolution R-11. Author Michael Smith said the measure was intended to penalize the Greek system with “harsher sanctions” due to its “lack of representation” and not doing more to prevent “racism within its ranks.”
“By having harsher sanctions, we move from a territory of condemning the person to condemning the culture that allowed the person to be as racist as they are,” said Smith. “[We need to ensure] that our Greek system, but also the broader UA community has representation that is adequate, so we can have a diverse background of perspectives and ideologies.”
Smith also stressed the importance of making the Greek system accessible for all students on campus.
“When we lose that accessibility to an entire third of our campus where the other two thirds doesn’t feel like they have a space in it, you get this disconnect,” said Smith. “Until we can break down or at least address some of those barriers, we’re never going to get to the root of the problem.”
Nothing like a little collective punishment for the acts of an individual. Thankfully, the SGA doesn’t have any real power.