Below is a reproduction of the Diversity Day Boycott Statement distributed throughout campus (Please note that this in no way is a reflection of the beliefs of the Llama Ledger and is a complete reproduction of the original document):
Today we are boycotting Diversity Day and all diversity-related events this week. This is in response to recent events catalyzed by “The Diversity Day Challenge”, a document distributed by a student on campus questioning the value of diversity, and therein questioning our very existence and invalidating our lived experiences. While the actions of this specific individual have brought to light the complete and willful failure of those in power, as well as many members of the community, to acknowledge or address the needs of students or marginalized identities, or act of resistance is not directed towards any individual but rather to a large institutional problem. We feel that Diversity Day operates, at best, as a consolation prize where the actual needs and rights of oppressed students have been ignored. Things we wish to bring to public attention are:
We have been asked to justify our feelings of being unsafe and threatened in response to a white supremacist ideology
We have been further victimized, we have been called “bullies,” and we have been told to tolerate intolerance
We have been given the message that the first amendment right of one student overrides the right of students to speak out in their own defense
We were publicly told by the provost, Peter Laipson, to “be mindful of strong emotions,” and have been told by the community at large to be complacent in the face of our own oppression as an ongoing defense of first amendment rights
The suggestion that an emotional response to harassment and hate speech is wrong or uncalled for, simply because it does not mirror the apathy of the oppressor, is a notion which necessarily arises from a position or influence of privilege or denial—It is impossible for us to not be emotionally affected and any suggestion otherwise invalidates our lived experiences and dehumanizes us
Our attempts at organized and peaceful protests in response to the original challenge have been silenced and labeled as unjustified and similarly intolerant
It has come to the public attention that the provost has, in recent decisions, explicitly gone against our wishes and best interests as a marginalized and oppressed faction, essentially legitimizing white supremacist ideologies on this campus
Students originally conceived Diversity Day as a reasoned, well-constructed and definite effort toward affecting people’s perceptions and allowing for the imminent reality of a multicultural campus to actually sink in, both on the minds of a white patriarchy but also on administration at large, but its institutionalization and subsequent edification have made it problematic. Lived experiences are far too rich, consummate and complex to be boxed in to three workshops and a proclamation of diversity. In a community which truly valued diversity, each day would be observed as diversity day, and in every day, the needs of the marginalized students in this community would be met and with dignity and respect. It is perhaps impossible for those in a position of privilege to truly understand the daily lived experiences of the oppressed; what is possible is respect and genuine empathy for those who have been silenced, but those two things cannot be the sole responsibility of those students labeled as representative of diversity. Unless those in positions of power are willing to recognize their role in a larger system of oppression and take the burden of broadening their horizons upon themselves, there can be no real and earnest social change to this campus.
The Original “crime”? (which they avoid mentioning).
Noah Steadman, asked in a simple letter for the 5 benefits of Diversity (without using music or food), and created a WASP self-hating diversity shitstorm that boycotted…its own day?!…and then proclaimed “we will not put up with freedom of speech if we consider it hate speech and intolerant, we are intolerant of your intolerance” the Irony.
Original Article <—They have deleted 2/3rds of the comments and then closed the comment section, leaving only the ones that support their view point, the person who made the video and who is also running/censoring the article can be contacted here -http://juliarliar.tumblr.com/
Bard College at Simon’s Rock, more commonly known as Simon’s Rock (see below), is a residential four-year liberal arts college located in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, USA. Simon’s Rock is an “early college”, designed for students to enroll immediately after completing the tenth or eleventh grade, rather than after graduating from high school.
basically i’m a hobbit-sized radical queer xvx extreme liberal/quasi-anarchafeminist who talks a lot about smashing the kyriarchy in between defending pop punk and sobbing over fictional characters and their even more fictional implied relationships
i like intersectionality and puppies and my girlfriend
my sexuality is queer as a clockwork orange and my pronouns are he/him/his
i’m a trans man; you can read/watch/look at stuff related to my transition here
i’m sorta-kinda from the DC metro area (foreign service brat for life) and i’m currently a sophomore at bard college at simon’s rock studying fine arts with the intention of becoming a high school art/english teacher; failing that i will live on a farm and raise a colony of bernese mountain dogs
i try very hard to be as inclusive and respectful as possible, but if i’m out of line, please call me on it. i tag for common triggers—if there’s something you’d like me to start tagging, let me know. i have a tendency to mental-illness/angst blog at times. i apologize in advance.
other than that, i’m distressingly posi and i like to see the best in people. i’m pretty sure my entire world view can be summed up by the wonder years lyrics.
i don’t know why i’m here, but i know who my friends are.
It has been reported that “someone drew a Swastika on some wall”, whom that person is, is still unknown. Some say a Jewish student admitted to drawing it only after being caught, insisting it was a “Joke”…it wouldn’t be the first time this has happened. See here, Here & Here.
After the youtube video was posted and received a large amount of non-sadomasochist, non-self-hating and perfectly straight and normal comments from the rarely heard of Silent Majority, a few of these self described “Hobbit-Sized Radical Queers” & “Diversity Student Queer Artists/Journalist Suffering From Anxiety and Depression” went and looked up the title of the article they wrote on google to see if it was posted on any sites.
They found 4chon.net the imageboard, and like millions of imageboard’s that are dedicated to a certain community of like-minded individuals, they’re also first and foremost committed to totally unadulterated freedom of speech (often labeled by the Marxists as “White Privilege” and or “Things we don’t control or can’t silence/shut down…just yet”) in the end…its the internet…therefore it’s made up of mostly Porn & Trolling.
OK, let’s go to 4chon, where on /new/ “anonymous” has been replaced with “steadman” because of how this whole thing started.
See, Noah Steadman began originally posting on /new/ when “anonymous” was still the default. He used a tripcode, but an unsecure one. Thus, while we can assume his original posts weren’t V&-worthy, /new/ trolls began posting under the name “Steadman”. Most of these posts are now being used as “Evidence” to suggest that Noah Steadman’s protest of diversity is somehow leading to violence. In reality, a few armchair pranksters have gotten the technologically impotent left to piss themselves.
People are getting all riled up over nothing simply because they don’t understand imageboard technology, and it’s the funniest damn thing to me.
So why mention this whole charade you ask?.
Because this will undoubtedly reach the Mainstream Media at some point and tens of millions of unsuspecting viewers (drones set on receive) who will be given a nicely packaged story about a young lad whom-wants-to-kill-6-trillion-jewz and his Terrorist website friends who are the moral equivalent of Al-Qaeda (everything else, conveniently left out).
So its a fine example on how, from obscurity, the radical left Marxists (no thanks to the modern right however) terrorize their way into the daily lives of the Silent Majority whom pay their way and whom they exclusively hate (Straight, White, Male, and not always but even better if they’re Christians).