About Us!

Cornel West Stands with #REALTALK Dartmouth

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Members of The Movement holding threats and offensive comments from Bored at Baker935045_4838876090077_1170809762_n

A description of our account of the Protest was published in the Dartmouth Radical: http://thedartmouthradical.wordpress.com/2013/04/24/we-interrupted-a-variety-show-and-are-receiving-death-threats-or-its-ok-to-oppress-queers-and-women-and-non-white-people-but-its-not-ok-to-object-to-that-publicly-or-if-you-don/

Lead: My name is Dartmouth
Chorus: Hi Dartmouth
Lead: And I have a problem
Chorus: Dartmouth has a problem
Lead: Let us show you another dimension of Dartmouth
Chorus: repeat

Lead: 3 years 15 reported sexual assaults
Chorus: repeat
Lead: But 95% go unreported
Chorus: repeat
Lead: Only 3 rapists expelled in 10 years
Chorus: repeat
Lead: Dartmouth has a problem
Chorus: repeat

Lead: Nov 2011
Chorus: repeat
Lead: homophobic, sexist graffiti
Chorus: repeat
Lead: dartmouth has a problem
Chorus: repeat

Lead: May 2012
Chorus: repeat
Lead: racist verbal attack
Chorus: repeat
Lead: Dartmouth has a problem
Chorus: repeat

Lead: November 2011
Chorus: repeat
Lead: Homophobic and sexist graffiti
Chorus: repeat
Lead: dartmouth has a problem
Chorus: DARTMOUTH HAS A PROBLEM!
Lead: My name is Dartmouth
Chorus: Hi Dartmouth
Lead: And I have a problem
Chorus: Dartmouth has a problem
Lead: Let us show you another dimension of Dartmouth
Chorus: repeat

Lead: 3 years 15 reported sexual assaults
Chorus: repeat
Lead: But 95% go unreported
Chorus: repeat
Lead: Only 3 rapists expelled in 10 years
Chorus: repeat
Lead: Dartmouth has a problem
Chorus: repeat

Lead: Nov 2011
Chorus: repeat
Lead: homophobic, sexist graffiti
Chorus: repeat
Lead: dartmouth has a problem
Chorus: repeat

Lead: May 2012
Chorus: repeat
Lead: racist verbal attack
Chorus: repeat
Lead: Dartmouth has a problem
Chorus: repeat

Lead: November 2011
Chorus: repeat
Lead: Homophobic and sexist graffiti
Chorus: repeat
Lead: dartmouth has a problem
Chorus: DARTMOUTH HAS A PROBLEM!

Leading up to the Protest:

On Wednesday evening and Thursday, Dartmouth students reached out to current and prospective students to engage in a dialogue about persistent, systematic, and structural issues of racism, sexism, rape culture, homophobia, classism, and ableism at Dartmouth through chalk, print, and video advertising. The advertising highlighted Dartmouth’s support of discrimination through inaction and communicated various facts about so-called “isolated bias incidents” at Dartmouth. Early Thursday morning, students who covered prominent campus areas with chalk messages were circled by S&S vehicles, confronted by other students, and their words were professionally scrubbed away by 8:00 AM. Posters displayed around campus were torn down and thrown away by students, administrators, and employees of the college. Why is Dartmouth so afraid of #REALTALK? Privately, we admit there are things that need to change here, but publicly we maintain the status quo. Ask yourself not why certain students are honestly sharing their experiences (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SrqIibUxl4), but why other students perceive that as a threat to their experiences? Campus is plastered with posters saying “We ♥ 17s!” and “Welcome Home!” How many of these 17s will be sexually assaulted, hazed, verbally abused, targeted or marginalized because of their identity, or shamed because of their class if Dartmouth does not address bias, prejudice, sex segregation, and rape culture? Most? All? Silence maintains the status quo, and serves only those in power. Honesty and dialogue (#REALTALK) are necessary for change. #dartmouthNEEDSchange. Thank the students who are bravely breaking the silence, and use this opportunity for dialogue to figure out WHY the very real experiences shared in the “Dartmouth Supports” video make so many people uncomfortable, and why the vandalism of their words is accepted by Dartmouth and apparently by this community.

Written By: Anna Roth ’13

GOALS:
Get people involved with changing the campus climate-our purpose is to not advertise falsely. The entire population of a college can change in 4 years, and we want to change what the college considers “normal”.

Our goal is to not scare prospective students away, rather to give a holistic and realistic prospective to counterbalance the flawed advertising that takes place during Dimensions. We are showing a different dimension of Dartmouth.

In doing this, we are signaling to the administration and to the community as a whole that we will no longer tolerate their dishonesty and apathy that perpetuates this vicious cycle of systematic demoralization of our peers.

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