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CMC Students Feel Marginalized, Demand Resources and Resignations

Yesterday afternoon, a student demonstration took place at Claremont McKenna College (CMC), where students of marginalized identities demanded administrative officials accommodate their specialized needs on campus. Their demands include a permanent resource center; the immediate creation of two diversity positions for student affairs and faculty; and a general education requirement for ethnic, racial, and sexuality theory; along with over a dozen other demands listed in their original letter to President Hiram Chodosh sent earlier this year. The demonstration’s organizers include the CMCers of Color, the Brothers and Sisters Alliance (BSA), Sexuality and Gender Alliance (SAGA), Asian Pacific American Mentors (APAM), and GenU.

At the demonstration, students vocalized their demands, emphasizing that they want everything done on their own terms. “We don’t want a center for free speech meant to educate white students,” one protestor asserted. “We want a center that supports marginalized students first and foremost.” When students demanded that President Chodosh commit to giving them a temporary and eventually permanent space on campus, he initially said that he could not commit to a temporary space, but is working on a permanent space at this time. But after about 5 minutes of students speaking out against him, President Chodosh said he would love to transform the Hub, CMC’s student food store and central lounge, to provide them with a temporary space. In a swift, executive decision, CMC Student Body President Will Su dedicated part of the student government office as a temporary space, ordering the administration to give these students a permanent space immediately.

“To the administration as a whole, we require greater diversity in our faculty and staff,” stated the protest leader. “The need for such programs to educate the student body is eminent [sic] by the numerous microaggressions felt by students of color.” Students of color called out racially-insensitive professors for making them feel unsafe. “We want mandatory and periodic racial sensitivity trainings for all professors,” one protestor stated. “How are students supposed to learn in the classroom when they don’t even feel safe? When their own professors, someone who is supposed to be a mentor to them, a teacher, doesn’t even respect their identities? We want more diverse course offerings for critical race theory, community engagement, and social justice issues.”

The Dean of Students, and specifically Dean Mary Spellman, faced the brunt of the complaints. In the past few days, an “offensive” email sent by Dean Spellman was widely circulated on Facebook and prompted calls for her resignation. In the email, Dean Spellman responded to an article that voiced concerns by a student of color, stating that she wants to better serve students “who don’t fit our CMC mold.” Her comment outraged several students of color, and the email was cited as another example of institutional racism at CMC. Since then, students have demanded that Dean Spellman resign from her position, with a few students on a hunger strike that won’t end until she does so. Dean Spellman apologized multiple times over email and at the demonstration for her “poorly worded” statement, but students still demand that she resign.

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One of the other main catalysts for the demonstration was a photo of four CMC students from Halloween, where two white students dressed in stereotypical Mexican clothing and were condemned for cultural appropriation. A student of color wrote the original post: “For anyone who ever tries to invalidate the experiences of POC [people of color] at the Claremont Colleges, here is a reminder of why we feel the way we do. Don’t tell me I’m overreacting, don’t tell me I’m being too sensitive. My voice will not be silenced.” The post was also widely circulated on Facebook over the weekend and prompted several other students of color to speak out. Students condemned CMC’s junior class president, who was in the photo holding the sign that said “Sorry” (dressed as a Justin Bieber back-up dancer), for being complicit in cultural appropriation and demanded her resignation.

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The junior class president resigned on November 10 in an email, apologizing for being a bystander in the situation. “I promise to speak up and act out when I witness offensive and harmful behaviors in our community,” she wrote. “I promise that I won’t let my fears get in the way of standing up for something that is right, and something that continues to be a necessary dialogue here at the Colleges. Most importantly, I promise to be more conscientious of what I say and do and truly think about the parties that can be affected.”

The demonstration yesterday afternoon was preceded by a campus-wide letter that the groups sent out that morning. The letter explained the ways in which the administration has failed to address their concerns in the past. Students of marginalized identities described their campus experience with words like “misunderstood,” “intimidated,” “don’t belong,” “fragmented,” “excluded,” “daunting,” “conflicted,” “isolated,” and “scared.”

Students reported that professors “constantly mistake them for another student of color in class” which shows that “teachers characterize and distinguish them by their skin color and not by their personhood.” Additionally, students complained that CMC’s Crime and Public Policy course “does not offer readings with perspectives of people of color” and that the Civil War history simulation about the pros and cons of slavery is “extremely insensitive” and “hurtful.” CMC’s economics professors were targeted for having a “clear bias” against people from low-income backgrounds. Students reported that these professors used terms like “Welfare Queen” and had chastised poor people in their classes. They also criticized a new faculty member for “asking for examples of microaggressions,” which, to them, reflected “the lack of comprehensive training on racial sensitivity” among CMC’s faculty.

Students also complained about the Dean of Students. They stated that the Dean of Students’ First Year Guide and Resident Assistant training schedules included visits to the offices of Black Student Affairs and Chicano Latino Student Affairs, but not to the Asian American Resource Center. Apparently, the Deans’ exclusion of this visit “perpetuated the incorrect and problematic belief that Asian American students do not suffer from discrimination and racism and thus do not need resources.” Students then reported instances of when the Dean of Students dismissed complaints about LGBTQ-related offenses, accusing them of providing “inadequate resources” to change campus climate or support hurt students.

After listing over twenty complaints, the letter states, “We ask that the administration not get lost in the details of these events and in assigning guilt, but rather take responsibility as a whole for these actions and move forward with supporting students of marginalized identities.”

“For those administrators and professors who have not been involved in the efforts to create a resource center, you are not absolved of contributing to the discrimination and indifference that marginalized students have faced at CMC,” the letter continues. “Silence is oppression. We expect you to reflect on our proposals and implement swift and impactful changes to make your departments more inclusive, supportive, and accessible to students of marginalized identities.”

The letter ends, “To the department heads receiving this letter: if you stand in solidarity with us, please forward this to all the faculty in your department. We ask you to hold an emergency meeting to discuss how to better support marginalized students and to affirm our efforts and need for space.” This week, several classes have been cancelled, shortened, or used as discussion periods, and assignment deadlines have been extended.

85 thoughts on “CMC Students Feel Marginalized, Demand Resources and Resignations”

  1. Cringe.

    If you want to start a marginalized people club, or a he-man woman haters chapter, then build yerself clubhouse. (Not the college’s responsibility to build one for you.)

  2. Thank you, Claremont Independent. I attended Pomona College almost twenty years ago and was briefly affiliated with your publication. I am by no means far right, but my experience in Claremont solidified my distaste for the entitled feel good activists who would rather protest for a $15 minimum wage than actually get a job. There are no “safe spots” in the real world and this preposterous new event in the Oppression Olympics made me laugh firstly, as I thought it was satire, then I realized the stark truth. Of all the Claremont Colleges, I thought that CMC would be the last to entertain this kind of mollycoddling and special treatment.

    1. I also graduated from Pomona College. I always admired CMC. The students there were focused on getting ahead, mostly in the worlds of business and finance. Many CMC grads ended up on Wall Street, in private equity, and so forth. CMC had an invaluable alumni network. What’s going on there now really jeopardizes what once made CMC such a great place to go to school.

  3. Those women in the photo are cute. Oh, and I noticed some of the protesters wearing jeans, sometime known as dungarees. The origin is from an impoverished area of what’s now Bombay India. How insensitive of them, mocking the Bombay poor.

    1. It’s now Mumbai, India. How insensitive of you, using the colonial name. I demand your resignation, and that of your supervisor, as well as a Safe Space.

      1. Only revisionist PC cultural oppressors use the name ‘Mumbai’, everyone who actually lives there says ‘Bombay’. I demand your resignation, a safe space and a nice spicy dhal and chapatti.

    2. As a person of Irish heritage I am very offended by everyone claiming Irish ancestry,on St. Patrick’s Day. And using that holiday as an excuse for drinking too much, playing into a very hateful steriotype. I will not be silenced!

      1. As a person of Scottish descent, I am deeply offended by 3M Corporation’s mocking appropriation of plaid, which my ancestors chose as the emblem of their nationhood, regional and clan identities. More outrageous still is the Corporation’s use of the “Scotch” brand to perpetuate the blatantly racist stereotype of all Scots as parsimonious cheapskates and skinflints.

  4. are there no adults among these children? This reads like something from the Onion. They should just close the school and admit that the students are not qualified to be taught.

    1. WHERE ARE THE PARENTS? If my daughter had done this in college, she would have been back home at the end of the semester BEGGING me for tuition.

  5. I will LOSE MY COOL over this NONSENSE.

    YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME!!! What a bunch of little BRATS! You think white people never get called by the wrong name? are you serious right now? This is the HEIGHT of pathetic BOLOGNA!!!!!!

    I am so dissapointed in ALL of you pathetic little children who can not own up to individuality and INSIST on perpetuating collectivist mindset. This is disgusting and has to STOP NOW!!

    STOP acting like “WHITE PEOPLE” go through life getting pet like they are a precious little creature. NEWS FLASH: WE HAVE THE SAME TROUBLE WITH REALITY NOT BEING AS WE WISHED IT WAS.

    I CAN NOT TAKE HOW PATHETIC YOU PROTESTORS ARE.

    GO AWAY!

  6. This protest is an extension of the wet-nappies syndrome.

    As a novelist whose principle source of education was reading the better part of the Penguin Classics and the Modern Library while working a multitude of jobs, I haven’t much patience – and no respect whatsoever – with whiners.

    The Atlantic Monthly recently had an article on this syndrome. Perhaps the protesters might care to read … and learn that life is not a continuation of a room in your parents’ home, where your every need is served by mommy and daddy. It’s time to change your own nappies, children.

    Here’s the link:
    http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2015/09/the-coddling-of-the-american-mind/399356/

  7. I am a faculty member at a quite diverse college at the East Coast. I grew up in a very homogeneous European country where the vast majority of people were of the same ethnic origin. The way we distinguish people would be by eye color, such as green, grey, blue and brown mainly; by hair color, such as mainly blond red, brown, black, grey and some nuances in between; hair texture such as flat, wavy, curly etc.

    All these criteria don’t help me to differentiate between my Asian-American students, since the vast majority has dark eyes and black hair; or between my African American students who according my initially unconscious criteria all had dark eyes and curly dark hair.

    Over the years I have become more attuned to paying attention to nuances in skin color or facial features like cheek bones or nose shapes to distinguish between my non-Caucasian students.

    And of course, after the first 2-3 weeks I start to distinguish my students by their personality, their littlecquerks that make them unique independent of their external appearance.

    I am recounting my personal experience because I hope it shows that the CMC professors may not have exhibited racial condescension when having difficulties discerning colored students, just an inability to understand why their personal pattern recognition system didn’t work.

    Clearly multi-cultural training can help to become aware of these human classifiers without moral judgement.

    PS: Interestingly when I now travel back to my home country, I feel that everybody looks vaguely familiar, like a distant cousin or a former classmate. They all have a similar skin tone, height, cheek bones etc. There are no sharp contrasts like at my institution where students vome from all continents.

    1. Am afraid your application to the faculty at this school has been Deferred and is not likely to be accepted. You do not pass the tests of thought control and non free speech. Further you show evidence of not being able to digest the pablum of entitled students. Some should have gone to Yale, but would not have gotten accepted. BTW, my guess is you teach at Swarthmore, perhaps not on the tenure track (no, that was not a micro aggression). Best of luck to you in any case.

    2. I have a hard time distinguishing people unless they stand out either physically or in their attire. I taught for a while and encouraged my students to get dress code waivers because their individual style helped me to differentiate them. Personally, I have my head half shaved and dress outlandishly so that people can better observe me and perhaps remember me 😉

  8. This is called the “wet nappies syndrome.”

    I’m a novelist whose principle source of education was reading the bulk of the Penguin Classics library and much of the Modern Library in the Greek classics, logic, philosophy, and literature … all of which I consumed while supporting myself in a multitude of diverse jobs – from driving big-rigs coast-to-coast and border-to-border to working as a 20-something Vice-President/Creative Director of a major ad agency. No one coddled me during this college of hard knocks … and I met a greater range of people than most Claremont grads will meet in their lifetimes.

    As a result of my real-life CV, I have neither patience nor respect for whiners, particularly when the issue is so minuscule as to be beneath consideration … as was the genesis of this childish protest at Claremont McKenna.

    Maybe there should be a course called “Get A Life 101” at Claremont. Kids would learn that they eventually had to leave the room that their parents provided for them, and that they’d have to learn to change their own nappies. Life, kids, is not a place where every sharp corner is rounded off and cushioned with pillows.

    The Atlantic Monthly recently had an article on this very subject. Perhaps you might read it and learn something.

    http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2015/09/the-coddling-of-the-american-mind/399356/

  9. The entitlement just pours out of their mouths and body language. Some appear to want to reverse discrimination/marginalization to establish, well, reverse discrimination, complete with thought control and no free speech. That usually ends badly. They won’t have to risk much, and they don’t They are largely comfortable. Students of all hues can be marginalized at this school. Some who should not have gotten in because they were not prepared academically. Some for athletic prowess, for example. Many of them are white. Some Asians feel marginalized because their academics are not recognized–and there is far more competition than they are used to. AA and brown students need to get the respect and help they need to be successful s students. It is hard for a school to promise or work to make every student socially comfortable. Universities are not supposed to be “safe spaces,” like a fire station. They are supposed to let the World in, so we can experience and understand each other, and learn to get along at a minimum. Changing out a few professors or administrators, or even s students, is not enough. But lame or faux demos for the camera don’t help things much either. Think it through, talk it through. Don’t act like a bunch of lobbyists or politicians or flaming religious leaders. Best of luck to every single one of you.

  10. The comments on here really frighten me. These students are not asking for special treatment, they are asking for inclusion. They may, in the emotion of the moment, overdo it, but for folks that have been long ignored, micro aggressed, etc., don’t we want to do what we can to make our campuses and country better for them? It doesn’t hurt us at all. It makes us feel uncomfortable, is all. And the fact that it should make us uncomfortable to “lose the mic” is a sign that whites have hogged it for too long. It’s our time to listen now. These commenters’ comments about hard lessons learned are non sequiturs. As a woman, I don’t ask for special treatment by asking my boss not to hit on me. I am asking only to be treated as an unmarked, ungendered worker: an equal. Likewise these students are asking to be treated as unmarked equals.

    1. I would encourage you again to look at their specific demands. It is precisely true that they are asking for special treatment, starting with a “safe space” (which means what? no white people)?

    2. “The comments on here really frighten me.” That’s bizarre and nearly unbelievable. Will you need a safe space now to recover? Whether or not you are genuinely ‘frightened’, I’m not sure why your state of terror over a comment section should grant your comment special merit.

      “These students are not asking for special treatment, they are asking for inclusion.”

      Please stop. I’m gay and I remember what it is like to actually not be included. But I have to go back to the 80s to get there. And at that time, the Claremont Colleges, along with practically every other liberal arts campus in the US, were a safe haven for marginalized people.

      Gay people, and others, have not been ‘long microagressed’ because that’s a newly imagined phenomena that only social justice millenials and could say with a straight face and expect people not to laugh. “Microagression” is the punchline of its own joke. People like you cry your crocodile tears to gin up sympathy to force others to go along with every ridiculous demand under threat of being called racist or sexist or homophobe. Generations before you fought hard to gain respect equal rights and you are squandering it with your whining and bratty, spoiled little-baby act.

      Yes, sometimes you whiners ‘in the emotion of moment, over do it.’ What is the emotion, though? The emotion is joy and delight in humiliating someone and forcing apologies and getting people fired. It’s all about power. Look at the emotions in that video. I see smugness and people having fun being part of a mob. I see cliquish, condescending snobbery and hate toward a brave student who speaks from her heart and goes off script. I don’t see pain from these ‘marginalized’ people.

      Pictures say everything and that video forever preserves the actions and words of an intolerant little clique that can’t stand to hear a dissenting view. Look at that body language just for a start. Look at the one that turns her back to the speaker and hangs her head over the shoulder of her friend. This is mean-girls style, junior high cliquishness.

      Last, if they are asking to be ‘unmarked equals’, does that also mean speaking out against affirmative action and identity-based scholarships?

      Also, if you, as a woman want to be seen as an ‘unmarked equal’, why would you peddle the narrative that only women are victims of workplace sexual harassment? Men are harassed by and hit upon by female bosses. It sounds like you are going around with expectations of victimization, thus marking yourself as unequal.

    3. These students are not asking to be treated as equals. They are asking to be treated with kid gloves as very special VIP’s who can never have anything negative said to them. They are asking for special privileges not available to the majority. They are asking to be identified specifically as members of a special group with special privileges. I agree with your desire to be treated as an equal and not sexually harassed, but that is very different from the students are asking for.

    4. Finally, a comment worth reading. I don’t understand all the anger displayed in many of these comments over students’ speaking out about feeling uncomfortable at the college they are paying thousands of dollars to attend. One extremely agitated commenter began screaming about how “well, us whites have it bad too!” That is a defensive response! No one is attacking your white race dude, and by getting defensive you have illustrated that you are unwilling to listen to the plight of others.
      Kudos to you for seeing what many others here do not.

    5. “…is a sign that whites have hogged it for too long. .”…that in itself is a microaggression. I and many other whites have never “hogged” anything in their lives. Many work hard and have their own problems to deal with rather than thinking of how to “oppress” or “microaggress” someone today.

      I feel offended when people that complain about microaggression start using microaggression to push their views.

      So called microaggression is a fact of life for any groups, races, gender etc. How about people making fun of the “fat” white girl, or making fun of the white guy that limps.

      If someone feels uncomfortable they need to point that out to the other person. And I bet in 90% of the cases the other person stops doing this, now realizing that it was wrong.

      This country is founded on freedom of speech and that is being trampled on by an increasingly narcissistic population. Nobody should be prosecuted for choosing unwise words. That prosecution includes losing one’s livelihood. I hope those students who demanded this will not suffer the same fate later in life through a wrong choice of words.

    6. Inclusion? Ha!

      They want their own place to hold their own events and their own meetings. How is that fostering a world of inclusion?

      They want inclusion when and where it’s to their benefit, and exclusion when and where it’s to their benefit. And everyone else is supposed to bow down and give it to them or risk being labeled insensitive and/or a bigot.

      Grow up people and start living in the real world where individuals earn their place through purposeful living and not by making demands.

  11. The hostility and vitriol from the white readers knows no bounds. You resent our very presence in these colleges don’t you?
    Well I am proud of the students of color at Claremont.
    I hope they push back harder!

    1. Give me a break. Even President Obama spoke out against over sensitivity on colleges. Skin color does not deligitimize what someone has to say. That you would first point to someone’s ethnicity and seek to deny their arguments based on that alone shows that you are the racist here. And it also shows you have no logical response to what is being said if your racism is the only thing you can fall back on.

    2. Your comment is a clear example of institutionalized racism. Your use of the term: “student of color”, and the linguistic micro-aggression that the term denotes is disgusting. I am a biological descendant from one of the smallest ethnic groups in the world. I don’t fit your model because I am not a “student of color”? Based on your logic, since I am a person of scarcity, especially in terms of global population size in comparison to “people of color”, I should be afforded special privileges that “people of color” should not. I can see the heads exploding now…

      Your racist is showing, not to mention the terrible irony of such a display.

    3. This is not vitriol. It is honest debate. Do people want equality or to be given special privileges since otherwise their feelings will be hurt? None of these students will survive in the real world. People who cannot stand to hear differing opinions from their own do very poorly in life, whether they are conservative or liberal. I think the commenters on this site want the students to focus in on their grades and getting a job.

    4. I don’t resent you or anyone else, Dea – not for your presence anywhere, your ethnicity, the colour of your skin, your gender, your sexuality, or any other criteria you care to mention. Why should I? Why would you think I do?

      I know nothing about you, nor you about me. Yet, based on this single paragraph, you are judging me in advance. That’s called prejudice. That I DO resent.

  12. I am Asian, not white. I will not pretend that white privilege doesn’t exist. But these college students’ demands are ridiculous. They want to be completely insulated from the real world. A college or university is not doing its job if they do that.

    1. Part of the problem is created by the colleges and universities themselves. With private college tuition around $50,000 plus room and board, colleges don’t only sell their rigorous curriculum, they sell the whole experience promising students the perfect fit, the perfect learning community, the big proud family type atmosphere, participating in or rooting for the school’s athletics teams or theater groups, etc.

      Admission officers routinely talk about crafting a class according to not only academic performance but also according to personality types, ethnic and geographic diversity and they ensure students, that if they are accepted they will fit right in, immediately find their place and will live the best experience of their young lives.

      So students who apply to and then get accepted by their dream institution arrive with totally unrealistic expectations. They also realize sooner (in the case of a minority) or later, (in the case of a majority) that expressions and sentiments that were acceptable “at home,” require revision in a different cultural environment. Sometimes the learning curve is steep.

      Thus the culture shock, the burst bubble of the perfect new academic family, and the realization that some of the new family members don’t behave as they should, yet. And the smaller the academic family, the bigger the friction.

      I am not affiliated with Claremont-McKenna and am in no position to assess whether the grievances are justified or not.

      But I see at my own school that after a honeymoon period where everything is perfect and a blue period, where life at school is perceived as awful, reality sets in and those who can live with it finally start to enjoy the experience.

      1. Great observation. Colleges were once independent and now they have to sell themselves as a home away from home and respond to students and their parents as high school administrators must. It’s easy to lose sight of this and focus solely on the radical PC talking points.

        I wonder if conservative, religious campuses are under similar pressures from students and parents expecting a school with thousands of students to ‘meet the needs’ of each special snowflake.

  13. The student “protest leader” should stop whining long enough to take a proper English class so he can learn the difference between the words “eminent” and “imminent.”

  14. I keep waiting for someone to stand up in congress, briefcase in hand, to claim that he has in his possession the names of 255 known racists working at college administrations across the country….

  15. Colleges have supported the radical feminists and Marxists and let them take over completely, and now here is the result. The joke is that the most liberal, PC places on earth are not PC enough for today’s molly-coddled millenials and now they need to see heads on spikes to be satisfied. I would say ‘good’ except for this is just too sad. I’m liberal, BTW– just can’t stand authoritarian leftists.

    1. “Colleges have supported the radical feminists . . . .”

      As if “radical masculinists” have never existed as the status quo up until the time women starting standing their ground against their male masters. (Even Spellcheck doesn’t recognize “masculinist.”)

  16. A common linguistic meme that I often see in this issue is the use of the phrase, “student of color”, or “person of color”.

    One question, as a person of Eskimo decent, and of a lighter skin tone, am I not able to voice my concern as a “marginalized identity”? Am I not a person of color? Is white not a color?

    These first world, hyper narcissistic, mental midgets masquerading as post liberal, pseudo intellectual – “students of color” need to check their “person of color” privilege. I am so offended by the micro aggressive nature of the linguistic framework of the popular narrative that I am almost unable to express myself.

    I think these students would benefit greatly from a course in logic, or perhaps a long term research project on irony.

    1. I am a CGU student and an Asian American who immigrated to the States a couple of decades ago as a teenager.

      I have recently received emails promoting an event called “CGU Student of Color Mixer.” It really offended me. I do not view myself as a person of some different “Color.” It sounded more like people perceiving themselves as if they are living the 1960s. At least that was my impression about the use of the term as it reminded of what I learned about the 1950s and 60s in the South. I learned from my high school classes that “People of Color” could not ride on the same bus, could not use same restroom, etc. But we are not living in the 60s; we are living in the new millennium. I don’t know where these kids get their ideas from. (perhaps from some media or radical teachers who may still live with the old mindset).

      I never felt that way in my entire life being an Asian American in the States. Of course I lived in California most of the time. Maybe that is why I don’t believe much in treating certain category of people differently because I am used to interacting with them without such thoughts.

      I guess many people live in this world where the political-correctness is considered very important (including myself). Maybe, I do not know enough about the “current” trend in the politically correct culture. Maybe that changes so rapidly, and because I am stuck studying for my PhD that I don’t catch up to the changes in the “current” culture.

      But I feel something may be wrong with some part of the current culture. I feel some people want too much privilege because they are brainwashed that way (by media, politicians, or some teachers in some schools they went); and others do not want to get ostracized by showing their opinions against it.

      In addition, I think there are a lot of reverse-discrimination in the current culture. For example, I know from other students’ job market experiences that many times, “white male” graduate students are discriminated when they apply for a teaching job at many universities probably because they are not viewed as a person of “Color” and are not “Female”, or part of the so called “under-represented group.” Nobody wants to talk about it openly, but we graduate students who are concerned about our job market performance do talk about it privately; to be realistic about their job market preparations.

      I think it is not fair to discriminate against someone when you hire someone, because it will lower the quality of the job performance when the most important criteria is not the proficiency, ability, and fair personality; but other outer attributes/characteristics like “non-white” and “non-male”. Of course they don’t discriminate openly, but they actually seem to do that. For example, I remember a couple of years ago, in one of the Cal State University campuses I was teaching part-time, I witnessed that for two openings of tenure-track Economics positions, I saw seven selected candidates on campus, and all of them were female; mostly minority candidates (now I understand that they had to match the sex-ratio). I thought it was ridiculous. As a male student, I was intimidated and worried a lot about my future job market performance. But then I thought maybe my situation could be better than the male Caucasian students… I hope my concern is wrong but my impression is that “currently” there are some group of people who have more privileges and some others less in this politically correct society.

      That was just my opinion. I seldom leave a comment on any post but I left one here because I felt very strong about my experience. I probably will not post again nor visit this site again since I have to go back to my “real life” of working hard to finish up my degree and prepare for the harsh job market next or the following year; at least I don’t want to be a complainer; but by posting this, maybe I became a complainer. I feel really bad now for writing this. I hope this does not offend other people since I just wrote what I saw and thought about but could not express to anyone for the fear of political incorrectness. This would be my last post. I will go back to my work. I know the real world is unfair; and I will just do my best given the current situation. Thanks for reading my post.

      1. One_CGU_Student, I commend you on your post/comment. I agree. I wish you well in your future endeavors. Keep up the good work.

  17. Can someone tell me who teaches the Civil War class referenced by these students? Does anyone know what’s entailed in this course’s supposed “slavery simulation”?

  18. News flash: people in the real world, life after college, are going to mistaken you for every other person who looks just like you. I clearly missed the memo on demanding everyone i ever work with to immediately recognize me and not mistaken me for any other Asian girl!! This is just absurd, how is a space just for you perpetuating you stay within your circle of POC where white people aren’t allowed going to change anything? So when do white people get their own space where you’re not allowed? Oh wait…. Civil rights movement? Hello? Inclusion? Wtf on repeat. Embarrassed for my alma mater right now.

  19. Please listen, if you are among those who don’t feel marginalized, who don’t get little inadvertent insults and larger deliberate insults tossed at you as you go through the day:
    You don’t get to decide what offends others. If somebody insulted your family or your religion, you’d be justified in saying to that person, “You are being offensive,” even if that person replied, “Hey, you’re just too sensitive.”
    And if it happened often, and the insulter was your teacher or your counselor, and if it happened to other members of your family or your religious group on a regular basis, you’d be justifiably angry and would want it stopped.
    Walk a mile in somebody else’s shoes before you condemn them.

  20. If you type the word “imminent” and leave out one of the m’s, your spell checker will probably suggest “eminent” and if you continue typing, that typo will remain. How anybody can condemn a student protesting injustice because of a single misspelled word and then claim to be unbiased is beyond me.

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  22. I attended CMC 4 decades ago, back when it was a college. Until I read this story, I had no idea it had devolved, in part, into a day care/therapy center for treatment of narcissism & over-sensitivity among young adults. I guess they didn’t notice the school’s focus & reputation before applying & enrolling–or thought the institution would have to change to suit their needs for validation of pablum & incoherence. Since this pathetic wailing is now part of youth culture (free speech was the prize in my day), it’s up to the administration to set limits, just as in elementary school. Otherwise CMC fosters self-exclusion of qualified HS seniors who prize quality education & prefer that only other colleges’ newspspers read like The Onion.

    1. I was at CMC in the seventies, when nobody every heard of it outside of California. Now it has since become, supposedly, one of the top liberal arts colleges in the country and nearly the hardest to get into. This is the legacy now? Are these brats taking their scholarship money (of which I probably contributed some) and protesting with it? Or do the wealthy parents just throw their tuition money out the window? Or perhaps both. College of any sort, especially the best in the country, is too expensive for this to happen. Does anyone study any more or is college becoming the standing joke where the real world ignores it? If you want to talk about being marginalized I can assure you that you the job market will marginalize you if keep this up. Administration, stop putting up with this or you won’t have a credible institution.

  23. “One of the other main catalysts for the demonstration was a photo of four CMC students from Halloween, where two white students dressed in stereotypical Mexican clothing and were condemned for cultural appropriation.”

    I know how the critics of such attire feel. As a white I know how angry I get when I see a non-white dressed in a suit and tie.

  24. So happy to not be at the Claremont Colleges or Claremont anymore. Same things happened 30 years ago at CMC. Anyone remember ‘Pimp & Whore Night’? Keep it up and you’ll have that tiny white town of yours full of addicts and retirees all to yourselves. What an insular group of thugs you all are. This paper clearly has no troll traps to catch these hateful posts. Always 30 years behind the times.

  25. There are no words. New incrementations of pathos are required to describe this tripe. Shrieking girl and skinny boy: if your foot is caught in a closing door, you are at the wrong house.

  26. Resigning from any job is a serious decision to make and shouldn’t be based on emotion, especially for a teaching position. It’s important to write a teacher resignation letter that is dignified and professional. A teacher may resign for several reasons such as moving to another city or state, finding a non-teaching job, or to stay at home with young children. Whatever the reason, the way in which a person resigns from one job may have an effect on the next job. If a teacher resigns in a fit of anger, it will reflect badly on their character, which can be extremely harmful if they ever want another teaching job

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