Students protest GU’s “institutional racism” in Red Square

UntitledFrom 3:00 to 3:30 p.m. today, a group of six students held firm ground in Red Square. “Georgetown is Institutionally Racist,” one of their signs read. Another sign listed the percentages of students on campus of different races, followed by the phrase “≠ Diversity.”

These students are part of a new independent group on campus, GLUE, or Georgetown Leaders for Unity and Equity. With six board members and about 15 to 20 students in attendance at weekly meetings, GLUE plans to hold discussions every Thursday on race, diversity, and gender at Georgetown. The group will congregate in Red Square tomorrow and Thursday between 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. to inform people on this Thursday’s dialogue over the question: Is Georgetown institutionally racist?

A GLUE member in Red Square, Caroline Rosenfield (COL, ’14), said the group was founded last year by seniors. The group participated in a campaign in Red Square to protest the killing of Trayvon Martin and attended a rally in D.C. with GU Occupy and Georgetown’s chapter of the NAACP. “The discussion this week is whether or not [Georgetown] promotes segregation through the systems and institutions that it lays out for students coming to Georgetown,” Rosenfield said. “Even within our group, there is back and forth about it.”

Rosenfield cited “Hoya Saxa Weekend” as a primary debate among members of GLUE. Hoya Saxa Weekend is an event hosted by the Center for Multicultural Equity and Access, run parallel to GAAP weekend and exclusively for students of color. “I’m not sure how many students they take each year but it’s not all students of color,” she said. “It’s not clear how they make these decisions but there are groups of students of color who are excluded from it…there are people who identify as black or are members of the black community who weren’t invited to the Hoya Saxa experience.”

UntitledRosenfield argued that Georgetown’s institutional racism can be seen in the core curriculum as well.

While Rosenfield said she has not personally experienced racism at Georgetown, other GLUE members were adamant about a prevalent dichotomy between African Americans and other groups of students on campus. Renleigh James Bartlet (COL, ’15) spoke about an experience on her floor of Village C East.

“Just yesterday… I was on the VCE 7th floor, and there was a soccer game going on. We had a situation where not only were gay slurs being used because of the athletes, but there was a lot of ‘this black ass’ and a lot of the n-word which was very random. I could hear them from the hallway,” Bartlet said. “They felt entitled to use ‘black ass’ as an insult, as if my identity as a black woman is a problem…There is a lot of anti-black rhetoric on this campus…If there is a group of black guys, I have heard white women on this campus say they are scared for their lives. They will actively move out of the way.”

Another student and GLUE board member declined to comment on the event or the group’s activities.

Bartlet also claimed racism exists in the classroom. In her class with Professor William McDonald on “Criminology”, Barlet  said the McDonald joked about race in a way that made her uncomfortable. “He said, ‘I don’t know, the Japanese people have done very well for themselves, I don’t know what happened to the blacks.’ There were six other black people in the class, so that was very disheartening.”

Students stopped on their way to class to ask the members of GLUE why they were there. Several students also asked to be on their email list and plan to attend Thursday’s event.

“I want to spark conversation. I want to break the silence. There’s a lot of mumbling, there’s a lot of whispering, but not a lot of discussion. If we’re going to have things like ‘Pluralism in Action’ there actually needs to be action. These things can’t end the second week of school. There has to be a constant ‘let’s reevaluate our rhetoric’, let’s understand what we can and can’t do as a person because of the systematic priviledges and the systematic disadvantages we have,” Barlet said.

49 Comments on “Students protest GU’s “institutional racism” in Red Square

  1. We need to re-look at the Diversity Initiative and see where we went wrong… oh yeah nothing happened.

  2. Hoya saxa weekend brings students of color to campus who are labeled as not being able to afford visiting georgetown on their own (based on financial aid packages and family contribution, as noted by the GU financial aid office). Every student of color with a certain “financial need” is invited and then its first come first served… It was this way when I helped plan the event and also when I participated… Students shouldn’t knock events/programming that they havent thoroughly researched.

  3. @CP: I definitely agree with that, and am sorry that my comments this afternoon came across that way. I tried to make as clear as possible the fact that I don’t know much about Hoya Saxa weekend, but was just speaking to what I’ve heard in GLUE meetings from members and board members, including one of the founders who was not invited to Hoya Saxa weekend and felt that not being able to go significantly affected and shaped her Georgetown experience. Didn’t mean to knock the program, as I know it has positively defined many students’ experiences here, but just wanted to bring up that point, which has been one of a lot of discussion and some contention among our members.

  4. There may be some latent racism within the student body, but where is the *institutional* racism–as in the school itself by some policy advantaging/disadvantaging certain racial groups over others? That is quite a charge.

  5. @CP
    As a former committee member for Hoya Saxa Weekend and member of GLUE, I can say that we are not at all trying to attack HSW or similar programs. During our meetings we’ve had past participants of HSW talk about the value of having the weekend for their Georgetown experience. In my own opinion, the image of Georgetown portrayed during HSW (a diversity paradise) is not the one that I’ve lived throughout my years at Georgetown. But beyond HSW, we talk about other aspects of the university including the much lower graduation rates among students of color and the feeling of segregation that many students allude to.

    In that sense the headline of this article is misleading. We were not protesting but trying to get people to think about these issues. We recognize that discussions about race and identity are quietly pushed to the side in our community, which is obviously having a negative impact on everyone. The fact that nothing came about from the recommendations of the Student Commission for Unity (SCU) shows how unprepared the administration is to deal with these issues.

    A great article written, but largely ignored, last semester by Ryan Wilson, chair of SCU, highlights some of the discussion topics we have at our weekly meetings. http://www.thehoya.com/opinion/it-s-time-to-bridge-the-gap-1.2872791

  6. What is the point of GLUE having a dialogue concerning the question: Is Georgetown institutionally racist? When the poster so prominently displayed in the picture by a member of GLUE reads, “Georgetown is institutionally racist.” It doesn’t seem like the organization will be receptive to any alternative opinions…

  7. “In that sense the headline of this article is misleading. We were not protesting but trying to get people to think about these issues.”

    Holding up a sign accusing Georgetown of being institutionally racist is a fairly clear, and protected, form of protest. Giving statements to a reporter attacking a diversity outreach program for being insufficient is another form of protest. You’ve done both. The headline’s not misleading.

    The sad thing is, I’m sure I would agree with at least some of your points on substance, but thus far I have a pretty low view of how this has gotten off the ground, and fairly low expectations. Facts matter.

  8. GLUE thanks for sparking this dialogue. I stopped to ask what your message was about and I feel that I now have more questions that I would like answered by my peers and Georgetown.
    I do not know that this article expresses the purpose of your action today the way it was explained to me while I was there.
    @B Other student groups use intentionally provocative headlines to attract students to their events (re: Philodemic). The sign you are referencing was certainly not the only one they were holding, it was simply one of the numerous provocative signs they carried.

  9. “Georgetown is institutionally racist”? Well that’s the dumbest shit I’ve ever heard. Duh, you live in the US hence *institutional* racism exists and is a national problem. But you don’t target a specific school which provides as much financial aid as possible, as well as as much academic and emotional support to people of color and other less privileged students for this “institutional” racism. Totally wrong way to go about a real issue, as well as create an issue where one does not even exist.

  10. @Better Informed
    Vox ran this headline. GLUE was picketing with provocative signs that read “Georgetown is institutionally racist.” On any planet, that’s a protest. Vox labeled it as such.

    There’s a difference between wanting to spark dialog and protesting a specific point of view. Each is fine, but what Philodemic does is ask provocative questions. GLUE just came out and said “Gtown is racist.” The signs did not read “Is Georgetown institutionally racist? Come to our meeting!”

    For the record, Georgetown’s racial breakdown is about on par with peer institutions. I didn’t write them down, but Ivies seem to have a lower white percentage because their asian number is significantly higher (and, of course, for some reason, asians are considered “over-represented minorities.” All data from the college board.

    Georgetown: 60% white, 7% black, 9% latino

    American: 58% white, 7% black, 11% latino
    GWU: 62% white, 7% black, 8% latino

    Yale: 45% white, 7% black, 11% latino
    Penn: 43% white, 7% black, 11% latino
    Harvard: 44% white, 7% black, 10% latino
    Columbia: 36% white, 12% black, 12% latino
    Cornell: 42% white, 6% black, 11% latino
    Duke: 50% white, 10% black, 6% latino

    It’s easy to ask questions.

  11. Wow, I have so many mixed feelings having just read this article and the comments that follow.

    I’m please there’s now a group to properly address the mumbling surrounding race issues in Gtown. But I have to agree with B on the issue of hosting a meeting to discuss whether there’s institutional racism on campus AFTER protesting with a sign that claims there is. The headline of this article, too, pretty much seals the deal.

    As for HSW… Back then (in ’04) I didn’t know why I was selected to attend; and even if it was because of my financial need, I’m pretty grateful I got the opportunity (it was my first and only college visit because I couldn’t afford to go to any other). My view of the selection to participate is that OF COURSE IT WOULD BE LIMITED TO JUST A FEW STUDENTS since each participant is hosted by some willing current student-of-colour (there are only so many to go around). All in all, I applaud initiative although some minority students are not given the opportunity to attend.

    I agree with Alex that there may indeed be some latent racism within the student body, but I truly hope that the claim of institutional racism at Gtown is evidenced through more than just one professor’s statement. As for protesting, if you want to be taken more seriously and get others to join in, discuss among yourself FIRST, then protest what is deemed the consensus, as opposed to protesting a claim THEN seeking to discuss whether or not it is true/a shared view.

  12. Oh come on you guys, there are more important problems than institutional racism to worry about. Sure our foreign policy is important, but there are more pressing problems at hand. We have to end apartheid for one. And slow down the nuclear arms race, stop terrorism and world hunger. Ensure a strong national defense, prevent the spread of communism in Central America, work for a Middle East peace settlement, prevent U.S. military involvement overseas. We have to ensure that America is a respected world power. Now that’s not to belittle our domestic problems, which are equally important, if not more. Better and more affordable long-term care for the elderly, control and find a cure for the AIDS epidemic, clean up environmental damage from toxic waste and pollution, improve the quality of primary and secondary education, strengthen laws to crack down on crime and illegal drugs. We also have to ensure that college education is affordable for the middle class and protect Social Security for senior citizens plus conserve natural resources and wilderness areas and reduce the influence of political action committees. But economically we’re still a mess. We have to find a way to hold down the inflation rate and reduce the deficit. We also need to provide training and jobs for the unemployed as well as protect existing American jobs from unfair foreign imports. We have to make America the leader in new technology. At the same time we need to promote economic growth and business expansion and hold the line against federal income taxes and hold down interest rates while promoting opportunities for small businesses and controlling mergers and big corporate takeovers. But we can’t ignore our social needs either. We have to stop people from abusing the welfare system. We have to provide food and shelter for the homeless and oppose racial discrimination and promote civil rights while also promoting equal rights for women but change the abortion laws to protect the right to life yet still somehow maintain women’s freedom of choice. We also have to control the influx of illegal immigrants. We have to encourage a return to traditional moral values and curb graphic sex and violence on TV, in movies, in popular music, everywhere. Most importantly we have to promote general social concern and less materialism in young people.

  13. Thank you Z and Carly R… I appreciate your clarifying your groups points in regards to Hoya Saxa weekend… I have heard similar commentary regarding Hoya Saxa weekend making Georgetown seems more diverse than it actually is… I see many important facets to that conversation but we must identify the true purpose and mission of HSW and determine how we would hold true to that mission and address this “issue” of demonstrating too much diversity in one weekend… What is the alternative? Don’t bring the students to campus, don’t have special programming for the students that weekend? Like I said I can see your argument and that of some others but I’m not sure what the alternative is. I personally (and I’m def bias lol) think its a great demonstration of the student of color community coming together in community to welcome accepted students into OUR space… We want them there, right? Maybe having an intentional dialogue with the potential students regarding the fact that Georgetown is not like “this” every weekend… I’m not sure… But maybe it can be a start to addressing your concerns

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  15. @CP
    Although I did not attend Hoya Saxa Weekend, I love the idea about a dialogue with those students about how HSW may differ how life on campus may really be like. I think it would be a great way to let them know the truth, while also let tin them know that there are still people who care about maintaining Georgetown’s diversity in that different environment. You should definitely bring that up if you have a way to!

    @BlackHoya
    I think your comment is kinda unfair. Not only is it unnecessarily harsh and hurtful, but its also just hurting you. If you feel strongly about people actions towards diversity and racism on campus, saying “stereotypical white people” is not going to make others any more accepting towards your opinion. I would hope you wold understand that calling people “stereotypical whites” is just as hurtful as a comment about african americans such as the ones stated in the article. Its really no different. If you really want to see a change or gain respect towards your point of view, you should really make sure you aren’t dealing out what you feel so angry about receiving.

  16. I will continue to be angry while the stereotypcial white collegians continue to oppress my black borthers and sisters.

    How many times can our black hero John Thompson III have crosses burned in his backyard? How long must I use the “colored” treadmill? How long before I can sit in the front of the GUTS bus like Rosa Parks fought for?

    How long must stereotypical white people like New Hoya turn a blind eye to the institutional racism and opression by the Degoia apartheid regime?

    Hip to be Square talked about how we need to end apartheid. We must first end apartheid in the classrooms of Healy Hall.

  17. Healy was actually of African descent… just throwing that out there.

  18. The mission statement of GLUE states, “GLUE sees race at Georgetown as a challenge to unity on a campus that should be dedicated to equity. Our conversations will revolve around issues of race (and the cultural associations that come with race) but we will be cognizant of other aspects of identity, as we realize they are very much related to racial issues on campus. We are both a proactive and reactive group. We will think of issues and brainstorm solutions and actions to address them. We will also have conversations with the broader community about these issues.”

    The goal of the group has been and has always been to create an open dialogue for Georgetown students to discuss race and other related issues on campus. It was not created to target any specific group or program, but the group wants to start a conversation with people of many different ideas, backgrounds, and perspectives so that Georgetown students can together find solutions to these types of problems. I understand how writing “Georgetown is institutionally racist” on a poster may make it seem like the conversation is not going to be open. However, I believe presenting the statement and not posing the question got more people to question and think about the topic. GLUE’s goal is to get people to think and talk, not make up their minds for them. Before you base an entire group’s hard work off of one article, I encourage you to attend a GLUE meeting and find out what they are really about.

  19. All ya’ll hating on Father Healy: he was born a slave and of mixed race ancestry. Not that he couldn’t have been racist, but still.

  20. @BlackHoya says that “White people act as if racism does not exist on Georgetown’s campus.” This is a false statement, as “white women on this campus say they are scared for their lives” and will “actively move out of the way” if there is a group of black guys. White people acknowledge their racism and use it to protect themselves. It is no coincidence that every DPS alert involves a crime committed by a black person. I think racism is keeping white people safe. It obviously exists for a reason, and it needs to be embraced rather than shunned. Thank you for raising this point, @New Hoya.

  21. Patrick Healy was nothing more than an Uncle Tom. A half black who felt the need to shed his blackness for the benefit of the racist white Jesuit priesthood.

    Thank god for organizations like GLUE who continue to fight the white oppression. GLUE believes that open dialogue for minorities will beat some sense in the heads of racist whites, asian, and Arabs. GLUE stands for equality so that young African Americans like myself can ride the front of the GUTS bus.

    GLUE wants to open people’s minds by removing all the brainwashing currently taught at Georgetown University. Case in point: Patrick healy was black

  22. READ THE FIRST TWO PARAGRAPHS

    It conveys what the signs say and ends with the groups goal of increasing awareness on campus.

    And, hey, if you make a misinformed point and don’t temper it, the entire thing is going to go through. Doesn’t matter what you MEANT (“oh I was just trying to give an example of a way some people think the University is institutionally racist.”) It matters what you said.

    Again, it’s easy to make accusations. Just don’t be angry when people see that you’re wrong.

    Also, BlackHoya had a point, then took it 5000x too far.

  23. @EN (Col’08 n HSW ’04 participant)
    @CP

    Thank you so such for your thoughtful contributions. I will just say it again though, no matter what the headline says, THIS WAS NOT A PROTEST against institutional racism, HSW or Community scholars. The students that came to talk to us learned about the discussion we are going to have this Thursday about these topics. It also paints a negative picture of what Caroline actually said and believes. Many of our group members actually participated in HSW and CS and our discussions actually focus on how little support there is for these programs. Personally, I did not attend HSW, even though I qualified, because I was too late in RSVP (since it fills up so quickly and there are only 90 spots). At our meetings we often talk about how many students of color feel left out when many of their peers had the chance to participate simply because they responded to the email invitation faster.

    Also we did not “protest” and then have a discussion. We’ve been having discussions since last semester and this is not the first time we have held up signs (this is just the first time any campus media outlet bothered to show up).

    If VOX had bothered to write why we were really there, you might find out that our discussion this week is whether Georgetown is institutionally racist or not. There are so many answers to that question and we invite all perspectives.

    Unfortunately now I have to hope people read the comments to find that out. And from reading the comments (especially BlackHoya) I can see how little much of the Georgetown community actually cares about issues of race and diversity on campus.

    Peace

  24. @Z

    Again, read what Vox wrote: “The group will congregate in Red Square tomorrow and Thursday between 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. to inform people on this Thursday’s dialogue over the question: Is Georgetown institutionally racist?”

    How is that different than what you say “why you were really there”??

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  26. Leave it to Vox trolls to better demonstrate the Georgetown community’s latent racism than this protest.

  27. Do you like Phil Collins? I’ve been a big Genesis fan ever since the release of their 1980 album, Duke. Before that, I really didn’t understand any of their work. Too artsy, too intellectual. It was on Duke where, uh, Phil Collins’ presence became more apparent. I think Invisible Touch was the group’s undisputed masterpiece. It’s an epic meditation on intangibility. At the same time, it deepens and enriches the meaning of the preceding three albums. Christy, take off your robe. Listen to the brilliant ensemble playing of Banks, Collins and Rutherford. You can practically hear every nuance of every instrument. Sabrina, remove your dress. In terms of lyrical craftsmanship, the sheer songwriting, this album hits a new peak of professionalism. Sabrina, why don’t you, uh, dance a little.

    Take the lyrics to Land of Confusion. In this song, Phil Collins addresses the problems of abusive political authority. In Too Deep is the most moving pop song of the 1980s, about monogamy and commitment. The song is extremely uplifting. Their lyrics are as positive and affirmative as, uh, anything I’ve heard in rock. Christy, get down on your knees so Sabrina can see your but. Phil Collins’ solo career seems to be more commercial and therefore more satisfying, in a narrower way. Especially songs like In the Air Tonight and, uh, Against All Odds. Sabrina, don’t just stare at it, eat it. But I also think Phil Collins works best within the confines of the group, than as a solo artist, and I stress the word artist. This is Sussudio, a great, great song, a personal favorite.

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  29. Why don’t you identify yourself, GLUE cofounder? If your representatives are willing to take the step to protest in the middle of red square, it is reasonable that you identify yourself as well. We cannot truly have a dialogue about these issues until we meet face-to-face with those who have differing opinions. Anyone who does not is merely giving lip service to a very important issue. Discussions are only valuable if they are followed up with purposeful action. I urge this group to think critically about how these issues can be effectually addressed. “Do you really want to win, or look good losing?”

    http://www.thehoya.com/opinion/it-s-time-to-bridge-the-gap-1.2872791.

  30. BLACK PEOPLE WILL NEVER BE FREE UNDER THIS INSTITUTIONAL RACISM. STOP IT NOW OR THE TERRORISTS WIN

  31. This is one of the stranges threads I can remember in recent Vox history. Some bizarre amalgamation of trolling, factual inaccuracies, and tangentially related historical documents punctuate racist screeds, self-aggrandizing claims of poor journalism, and a total misunderstanding of how the university operates.

    It is so far out there it can no longer even be considered a caricature, and is completely unique to itself.

    For my part:
    1) I cannot believe people are taking a guy who talks about rosa parks and sitting at the back of the GUTS bus seriously
    2) Campus groups always complain that campus media outlets never get the complete nuance of their story. Catholic ministry, college dems, BSA, you name it. This, quite simply, is part of the game, and your job is to make things as clear as possible for new outlets to follow, and provide all relevant information. You, GLUE, look like novices right now for seeming so shocked Vox didn’t know the entire year-long backstory about your club. There are over a hundred at Georgetown, they can’t follow every move of every 10-person club on campus. This is not to excuse Vox, as much as to just say that you seem kind of silly acting like this is a surprise.
    3) I think we also need to talk about what kind of person Hoya Saxa weekend encourages to eventually attend. While I didn’t participate, friends who have have mentioned lots of parties and drinking, and guarantees from current students that much of the year provides similar opportunities. I would ask if that is the type of student you are really trying to attract, as I know multiple people who were put off by it.
    4)I think CP riases a good point at 10:07; what is the alternative to a HSW that highlights diversity? Any attempt to increase diversity will almost necessarily involve highlighting what diversity is already here. A HSW weekend organized around a “things suck for minorities here” theme will only compound the problem; what viable alternative are we talking about?

  32. Black Hoya is obviously being satirical. Can people stop responding to BlackHoya as if what he is saying is anything more than a thinly veiled racism intended to downplay the hardship african americans have faced in this country.

  33. Being satirical can still be racist

    but yeah, his genus is the common Vox troll.

  34. Hey Vox, if you are the voice of Georgetown, why are you removing student posts?
    The point is, GLUE failed to provide clarity about their signholding in a public place (NOT a protest!), which is bizarre as apparently they are trying to spread awareness and open a discussion. So, now they must face the consequences – they’ve become the punchline of a very sad joke.

  35. @Voice of the People
    Some had racial slurs and others were just spam, you moron.

  36. Is it too late for Patrick Bateman to run for president?

  37. I helped found GLUE before I graduated last December and now have a new perspective from which to understand the value of such a group. I now live in rural Indonesia, a country that I am reminded every Monday morning at our flag ceremonies at school, is founded on tolerance for diversity. I have a lot of trouble with that. Not just because of a severe dislike for the word ‘tolerance’, but also because I do not see the topic of diversity engaged in a critical way, over and above the simple rote memorization of a national code of conduct (also, read up on Papua). My students know they must tolerate others, but are never asked how to do so or why, or how to understand diversity when there aren’t unlimited resources or, say, someone chooses to make a film denigrating their religion. I state this not to place blame on them by any means, but because I believe more than ever that they would benefit from discussions such as GLUE’s.

    If you want to talk about the issues that are more pressing, or the fact that dialogue isn’t enough of an action, maybe there are a few more dots that need to be connected. One of the most fun talks I attended while at Georgetown was by Francis Deng, who used to be a UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide. Speaking on such a serious topic, Mr. Deng had a clear and simple message about diversity and our need, as humans, to figure out how to get to know each other and how to get along. It’s a task that the elite of the world (us – the job market tells us so) should not escape and should not grow tired of.

    GLUE is a group that does hold a perspective. It believes that there are challenges to unity on Georgetown’s campus and that the community will grow closer together from understanding each other – not just one group to another group – but individual perspective to individual perspective. It welcomes students learning from each other’s experiences, beliefs and goals for the Georgetown community. Speaking as an ‘other’ in a rural homogeneous community, I believe in waking up every day with the knowledge of my privilege, that my community is subjected to a system that oppresses them and benefits me. So, though the word “protest” is controversial, the signs were just telling us what we already know and that has to become our starting point and an every day protest. Georgetown is an institution that cannot reduce the poverty rate to 0 tomorrow, but that can improve its every action and as students/alumni, we should always ask that of the institution. As of now, legacy kids get 10% more consideration in the admissions process and I have yet to EVER hear of any programs targeting Native Americans if we are to talk about the racial groups that are so underprivileged, they are invisible to discussions about being underprivileged.

    I hope you all won’t be so quick to dismiss the conversation in this way, there are a lot of negative repercussions to not engaging the topic of diversity rigorously (eventually defined by the actions taken as a result of dialogue and reflection) enough.

  38. Someone just emailed me that the founders were called out for some reason, it took me a while to figure out why. In order to figure it out, I had to read through a number of trolling rants, and a bunch of poorly honed statements, whining about the anatomy of a protest (none of which were defined or reasoned).

    I am not the one that wrote under ‘cofounder,’ but I am one of the cofounders of GLUE. Although I am no longer on the board, I still attend the group dialogs. I don’t know which of the other founders wrote earlier, but my name is Nathanial Roloff and I am a Grad Student at Georgetown. The other cofounders were Stephanie Frenel (Teaching in NYC) and Martine Randolph (Peace Corps in Indonesia). Of these three, I am the only remaining student.

    GLUE’s intent is stated in several comments by the participants and board and therefore needs no defense from me.

    The three of us founded GLUE because we thought that dialogs about difference rarely included different people at Georgetown. We wanted to see a more inclusive dialog that was not tied to any institution at Georgetown (CSJ, CMEA, CSP, etc).

    I will say that GLUE follows up on belief with action every week where people meet face to face with those who disagree. GLUE is a group dedicated to building understanding of differences and is committed to working toward a greater understanding of each other. I, personally, hope that GLUE uses its base of roughly 30 consistent student members to inform Georgetown University, build awareness, and foster greater integration. I am no longer a decision maker for GLUE, however, and the leaders are not hidden from view. They are leading the meetings, standing in Red Square, and emailing campus about the events. In no way can they be called ‘representatives’ of the founders.

    This group has been fostering dialog for a year now. This is not a new group, nor the first article focused on their work. There have been many that wanted GLUE to fail before it started, and I suspect many of these criticisms are from those who’d rather not have a unity based dialog. I think the board will learn from this experience and clarify their goals a bit more in future demonstrations. However, anyone trying to downplay the value of the conversation because it was posed as a statement rather than a question is likely trying to avoid to conversation altogether.

    I am sorry that I got sucked into this commentary. I am not sure why a founder was being called out for simply clarifying the goals of the group since we don’t make, or participate in, decisions for GLUE anymore and GLUE is non-hierarchical.

  39. Please come out to GLUE’s weekly dialogue this Thursday at 9pm in WGR 209. Our hope is to make Georgetown a place that is not just ‘tolerant’ of diversity, as Martine wrote about her experience in Indonesia, but a place that truly recognizes and embraces these differences in all facets of our identities (a process which includes recognizing our faults, flaws, and weaknesses thus far!), and we believe that this goal is not possible without meaningful community dialogue. We ask provocative questions, and we respect and value opposing answers and viewpoints, so please come out to the meeting and let’s start, as Ryan wrote, to bridge the gap. We hope to see you on Thursday.

  40. I, Stephanie Frenel, am the author of the “Cofounder” post. I did not post my name because my name doesn’t matter. I no longer have a say in the decisions GLUE makes. My only purpose was to support the group’s intentions. Inclusion is always a challenge for groups who address these types of topics but I don’t think it is something GLUE cannot handle. To call them my “representatives” is completely insulting their hard work and bravery.

  41. After helping cofound GLUE last December in my senior year, I can honestly say that I am ashamed of to hear some of the opinions thus far expressed in this thread. In a thread filled with trolling and a total lack of understanding for the plight of minorities in this country, I feel the need to clarify the core values of GLUE to those who are reading on here:

    GLUE stands for racial equality as long as it doesn’t concern Anglo Saxon whites or Asian Americans. They have benefited from a system slanted in their favor since the very founding of our country. The fact that only 85% of African Americans graduate from Georgetown doesn’t speak to the laziness of the students and ineffectiveness of Affrimative Action policies that allow students to be granted admission with subpar grades, it speaks to the overt racism of Jack DeGoia and the administration as a wholel.

    We believe that the administration purposely encourages and supports racist school polcies which attempt to marginalize and reduce the black enrollment rate to encourage an all white and all Asian campus.

    We stand for the toleration of all beliefs and opinions provided these aren’t right wing beliefs. In that case, they must be shouted down and silenced because they promote social and racial harmony.

    While many of our group members are minorities who have come from privileged backgrounds and are given generous aid packages by both the federal government and the university, we believe that we are the victims of oppression and discriminatory policies. Though our SAT scores and GPA may be below the Georgetown University average, this is not an indication of our lack of qualifications or intelligence but a sign that we deserve special treatment because of past injustices brought against our great-great grandfathers.

    Please come out and support us in this noble cause to stand outside, wave signs, and call attention to ourselves. We need this attention because we never received it as children.

  42. “Please come out and support us in this noble cause to stand outside, wave signs, and call attention to ourselves. We need this attention because we never received it as children.”

    @Cofounders: So let me get this straight. You weren’t protesting. You were there to start a conversation by waving signs with provocative statements. And we should come out and support you because you never received enough attention as a child?

    So basically, this is all about the fact that you were neglected by your parents. Yeah that sounds pretty racist.

  43. Basically, Georgetown is filled with obvious cowards that stare at the ground.
    Protip: Staring at the ground neither avoids provocation, nor does it afford you any additional safety than simply keeping your eyes forward, idiot.
    Newsflash: You’re not the only one that engages in this behavior. You don’t realize it because you’re not on the receiving end. You’re not fooling anybody.

  44. Read “The First Negro Medical Society” and you will discover how racist Georgetown is historically. The work DeGoia self serves himself with regarding MLK is an absolute joke, and neglects to mention he gives no local high school teenagers from DC PUBLC SCHOOLS a chance to study apart from those with veterans benefits or one or two highly publicized students. How dare the univeristy publicize matriculation in 2012 of one single DC black student from a DC public school. There should be many students from DC public schools, though not even five students are offered a chance to attend.

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