“The time for quietly enduring discrimination on college campuses is over” (Zeilinger 2005).
The Manhattanville Touchstone brought great controversy on ONE particular article, “Stand Up or Leave” by Mike Brabazon, that highlighted NFL player’s disregard for our nation’s servants by kneeling during the American National Anthem. This article pays patronage to those that have served and have paved the way for us in which they are all well deserving of the honor and respect. However, it completely neglects the perspective of the other side. Even though many have fought for our country and rights, not all of these rights are given or even attained by every American! The protest had nothing to do with the dishonor of our servants. In fact, it began with Colin Kaepernick, an NFL player who did not stand during the National Anthem. This protest escalated after President Donald Trump’s response to Kaepernick’s refusal to stand during at the football event’s openings.
The protest was solely about police brutality and the mistreatment of minorities within our country. It was about paying respects to those who have lost their lives to police brutality along with their families. Trump’s response led to Kaepernick’s suspension without pay.
This college emphasizes the importance of diversity but doesn’t extend its respect for all who attend and spend thousands of dollars to do so. This is another step back from the foundation Mother Dammann had set for us as a campus community in “Principles vs. Prejudice” which was intended to break down racial injustices throughout college campuses. The rights to due process and the rights against cruel and unusual punishment, racism and discrimination, to life and liberty are not accessible to all Americans.
By “pushing these issues under the rug,” we allow ourselves to be in a continued oppression as a people.