Twuesday Tweetacular: Unhappy about hate

Twuesday Tweetacularhttp://publicsafety.georget... STOP this madness assholes! Hate crimes are fucking ridiculous.Shruti Dusaj was pissed about the recent hate crimes.

I'm not giving a dime to the Class of 2010 Fund until Georgetown does something to stop the hate.Erica Slates won’t be donating to Georgetown until the University addresses the problem of homophobia.

The Daniel Yang Hoya cartoons continue to utterly confound me. I swear it's Tom Friedman under an alias drawing cartoons. @stuefMatt Stoller has a hunch about the Hoya‘s cartoonist.

I feel bad for the guy who is going around the entire campus with a screwdriver to reset all of our clocks b/c there is no central system.Nick Troiano felt sorry for the guy who has to bring Georgetown back from Daylight Savings Time.

I've narrowed it down to Hobo Georgetown Chime and Homeless Crackhead Georgetown Chime.Jack Stuef considered his costume options.

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12 Comments on “Twuesday Tweetacular: Unhappy about hate

  1. @Matt Stoller: Daniel Yang is real– I’m friends with him. Saw a sketch for his latest cartoon in class, so haha yes he exists.

  2. Good for Erica. Students really need to get up in arms demanding security measures. It’s really out of hand. This attack was motivated by homophobia. The next attack on 36th & N could be an armed robbery. The next one could be a sexual assault. The fact that people get away with such crimes at all is even more important than the motivation for this particular one. Until the school shows a willingness to react, students should be outraged.

  3. Good Lord, some of these people are headed for a lifetime of disappointment. Do you really expect the university to solve the problem of hate, violence, and homophobia? If the administration had that kind of power over time and space, I seriously doubt they’d all be stuck with a desk job on a college campus. Unless Georgetown plans on providing everyone with a personal bodyguard, violence will be an issue, and unless everyone gets duct tape over their eyes, ears, and mouths, hate will be an issue. These incidents are horrible, of course, but they’re facts of life. You live in Washington, DC! You shouldn’t have a false sense of safety because you live on a college campus in Georgetown, especially since these recent events (so far) appear to be the work of non-students. Instead of being reactionary, maybe you realize that these things happen to people EVERYDAY, EVERYWHERE. And those people don’t have a college community with resource centers, candlelight vigils, and op-eds willing to stand up for them.

  4. I think there’s an immense problem with demanding that the University do something, as these hate crimes simply prove that human beings can act violently out of ignorance and immense disrespect for their peers. In order to prevent these crimes, officers would have to be stationed on every corner in the neighborhood, which is a highly unrealistic demand.

    Unfortunately, the University cannot change human nature, however much we might desire such interior conversion; we can, however, demand broader education to prevent these crimes from occurring in the first place. In the meantime, let’s pray for those who perpetuate these crimes in addition to those who tragically fall victim to their hatefulness.

  5. I think you can expect more from a college campus because the campus maintains a generally closed-off community. If you look at campus like a really, really big gated community, then yeah…the head of that community should have things like patrols, cameras, and effective security measures. It’s one thing to say that beyond 36th St, all bets are off. And I agree with that. Burleith and most of the off-campus neighborhood is too far from “campus” to expect Georgetown to do anything. But the blocks on which Georgetown owns EVERYTHING and inside the buildings within Georgetown’s own walls, we can expect and demand more be done.

  6. To Maya: yes, I do expect the university to solve the issue of violence. This is a block off campus and Georgetown owns 3 of the 4 corners of the block this happened at (Walsh, Mortara Center, OCSL). We’re not talking about patrolling Wisconsin here.

    But we have to face facts that both DPS and MPD are more primarily concerned with the concerns of the ANC than students. They seem to be very good at dealing with noise complaints and citing people for open containers, but not very good at dealing with students getting assaulted.

    In my three and a half years here, four crimes come to mind where someone actually found an alleged perpetrator. In three cases, it was students (I think –the Alex Thiele case chain of events was never entirely clear to me), and twice it was the victim who eventually found the alleged perpetrator. For those unfamiliar, I’m thinking Craigslist/iPod, vandalism where DPS caught someone on like the twentieth occasion, and one where a kid was falsely accused after the victim “found him” on Facebook and MPD was so anxious to make an arrest even with a mountain of evidence pointing toward the alleged’s innocence. Pile on dozens of unsolved sexual assaults and other physical assaults that are unsolved, and your own best bet is solving the crime yourself. The more important important issue and more easily addressed than homophobia is the sense that you can assault somebody and there’s pretty much a zero percent chance you’re going to get caught.

    On the night of Halloween at about 8:30, I walked three and a half blocks and saw five Metro police officers. Five. But as soon as trick-or-treaters leave, Metro vanishes. I walked by the assault after it happened Saturday night. There were at least five DOPS officers there. Where were they when this happened? If we had someone stationed at 36 & Prospect, the bottom of the library steps, 36 & O, or 35 & N, could this have been prevented? Could a DPS officer running toward the situation possibly have prevented some of the injuries and maybe caught the guy who did it? Where were these five DOPS officers before the assault? If you stationed four DOPS officers at the corners I mentioned before, how many different streets can they see?

    And the best question, does Georgetown care enough to fix this?

  7. Of course Georgetown cares. But we don’t have any money. So thanks Erica Slates and Tim for doing your part in worsening, not helping, this problem.

    Anyone who thinks Georgetown administrators don’t care about students or this horrible situation is a freakin idiot. What, you think they take their jobs for the money? Come on.

    Shit like this happens when you live in an urban environment. If you can’t deal with the bigots, assholes and criminals who populate big cities, get out. Go to school in the middle of the forest somewhere or go be a farmer.

    It’s ridiculous to me that some people are using these situations to chastise the entire Georgetown student population. You think everyone who’s not LGBTQ is homophobic? Quit projecting your fears on the rest of us. Most of us really don’t care who you are, what you do, or how you do it. And the few that do care… well, there’s always going to be a few rotten apples, and that will never change. And why are we always jumping to the conclusion that the perpetrators are students? Am I really supposed to believe that like half the people I come in contact with everyday are either homophobic, viciously violent drunks, or cuddlers? We live in DC, people. This ain’t Westchester. This ain’t Chevy Chase or Bethesda. This ain’t Connecticut. Have you been outside the bubble? Violent, crazy, angry people live here. DC is riddled with crime. Is it really so hard to believe that maybe, just maybe, some of those violent, crazy, angry people would look at Georgetown, see all the money its white, suburban students have, and think our campus might be a good place to rob and steal from? Or a good place to take out their anger on people, especially homosexuals?

    In my experience, 90% of the Georgetown student population is made up of smart, sometimes brilliant people. 7% is made up of harmless idiots who only got in because their parents are wealthy. And 3% is made up of douche bags. Don’t shit on the entire student population just because 3% of it sucks. Have some freakin pride in your school.

  8. I think the University this time around has had an adequate response. A more recent post explains how the university consolted with the LGTBQ center in forming its message to students. As I said in a previous thread, where in the application process do you place an ethical process for screening out homophobia? How is it even possible? The only thing that I agree that the administration can effectively do is to increase the numbers and wages of DPS officers. However, where does the money come from? I agree with Maya. Not that i have the money to give the the 2010 fund, but if i did, it would certainly be counter-effective to withhold it.
    If anything, this brings up the question if we should keep throwing money down the drain that is the Georgetown University Varsity Football program (sorry, no offense). How much money could the university save in scholarship and operational costs? Yes the cause and effect sucks, but the whole situation sucks. But this time around, i think the university is on our side.

  9. For the record, when I tweeted, the university had yet to send out so much as an email condemning the acts of violence that occurred against Georgetown students and that *may* have been committed by Georgetown students. Since then, the university has stepped up the response, and I hope they continue to do so.

    Regarding the university’s ability to police behavior outside the gates – if they can have patrols every weekend night/early morning to break up parties that get too loud, they can have patrols that at the very least ALSO look out for the safety of students. An environment in which students don’t feel safe in their identities is not a productive learning environment.

    @John – FYI, I don’t think that everyone who is not LGBTQI-identified is a homophobic douchebag if for no other reason than that I happen not to be LGBTQI-identified, and I don’t think I’m a homophobic douchebag. Furthermore, we’re not talking about things that happen when students venture far off campus. I know intimately that horrible things sometimes happen to Georgetown kids when they leave “the bubble” (and I know first hand how *sickeningly* uncaring the university can be in this situation). A student was attacked practically in front of a university residence hall, and the university should have some response to that (and now they have).

    @Maya – I don’t expect the university to solve the problems of hate and violence. I do expect them to work toward solutions that work for the university community. Also, for the record, anyone who thinks I have some kind of false sense of security because I live in Georgetown has obviously never met me. I’m fully aware that bad things happen to people all the time in DC. Want to compare stories?

    Honestly, I probably still won’t end up donating to the Class of 2010 fund for a variety of reasons, but sometimes money talks. Part of it is about homophobia, but it is also about the university caring as much about whether students can walk from campus to their residences without being attacked as they do about noise and alcohol violations. I’m just not sure the university has its priorities quite straight on this one.

  10. Yet another example of Juliana Brint…I mean the Voice…obsessively covering the Hoya-trying to make up for something, Juliana?

  11. To the staff member of The Hoya, Vox Populi has become the single best source for campus news (given its broad range of topics and the regularity of posts), and maintains a far wider readership than The Hoya. Consequently, this blog stimulates legitimate conversation and dialogue which The Hoya cannot. Publicly displayed petty jealousy just reveals self-aware inadequacy on your part.

  12. Oh, and keep up the excellent work, Juliana. You’ve got one fan here (obviously).

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