What is stopping students from talking to reporters? They fear the possibility of incorrect, or racist student comments. They want to protect victims of racially motivated hate crimes. They want to appear united under one voice.
Professor Kennedy began by slyly referring to the almost two-inch wide black tape used to deface black faculty portraits as mere "slivers," immediately looking to diminish their much more important implication.
Privilege is not knowing that you're hurting others and not listening when they tell you. From the responses of those who attacked me and others for talking about what it's like being Native American on campus, it's clear that many people are blind and deaf.
These students are speaking out, and we are all listening.
If Yale had an inclusive culture, perhaps more than 1,000 students wouldn't have had to march this week against racial insensitivity. If Missouri had it, perhaps Butler would not have gone hungry; and Tim Wolfe and Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin might still be employed. We have work to do.