So, I posted this on the Micro-Aggressions Blog, but with today’s events, I think it’s relevant to share what I overheard today on this blog as well:
This afternoon, just as the protest at the Hub started, I was walking back to Pitzer’s campus from Keck Science (Keck Science steps) when I heard an individual say, “well she was right…they really don’t fit the mold”. This comment was in response to an email that the Dean of CMC, Dean Spellman, sent as a reply to a student’s message (@meganf posted a screenshot of the actual email a couple posts down). Dean Spellman stated in her email, “…we are working on how we can better serve students, especially those who don’t fit our CMC mold”.
The fact that anyone, especially a Dean of students would say this about a group of students is horrifying. As, @meganf noted, Dean Spellman was obviously implying that students of color do not fit CMC’s white student mold. What’s just as horrifying is hearing a student validate the Dean’s words and agreeing with her racist statement. As if students of color didn’t already feel a sense of insecurity, danger, and other-ness while attending mostly white college…they didn’t need to hear something like this from ANYONE, let alone their Dean of Students.