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6/02/2004 12:35:00 PM | Karsten Barde

It's Only Just Begun

Today Trustee Rodgers claims in another lengthy op/ed in The Dartmouth that this will be his last letter to the editor defending himself against charges of racism. I doubt it.

He is obviously a man who thrives on the feeling of being unpopular (like some other folks I know, who just published an enormous interview with him--not yet available online). That's fine by me. What he needs to understand, though, is that the majority of students, faculty, administrators and Trustees, if not alumni, support the College's efforts to:
a) provide a safe and supportive environment for all students here;
b) improve opportunities for members of underprivileged groups to attend Dartmouth; and
c) "to come together as a community and to begin to engage in a critical, respectful examination of our assumptions about race" (from President Wright's 2002 convocation address).

We are prepared to keep vigilance against his "color-blind" agenda, whether through correspondence to The D, to his place of employment, to his BlitzMail account, or otherwise. We agree with Professor Wilder that the "absence of color is not merit; [it is] segregation," and that's not what we want for our College. How Rodgers chooses to respond is up to him.



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