Black Lives Matter Activists Tear Down Statement Supporting Police In The Name Of Not Being Silenced

220px-Dartmouth_College_shield.svgWe previously discussed the protest held by Black Lives Matter at the library of Dartmouth — and the relative lack of any punishment from the college. Now, Black Lives Matter activists have torn down a display honoring police officers and then reportedly stood guard over the board to prevent the College Republicans from re-posting their memorial . . . in the name of not being silenced.

On May 13th, the students with the College Republicans put up a display, which was approved beforehand by the school, that read “Blue Lives Matter” and honored police who were killed on duty. Shortly later Black Lives Matter activists tore down the memorial and put up their own posters denouncing the memorial as “co-opting” their movement and refused to allow the College Republicans to use the space that they had reserved.

When the College Republicans objected to the obvious act of censorship, the Black Lives Matter protesters doubled down with a statement justifying their decision to silence other students. In addition to saying that they had to censor the statements of other students to keep themselves from being “silenced”, they ended with the statement. “Fuck your comfort, there is no such thing as neutral existence.”

The activists even justified their earlier actions in the library where they screamed at white students and prevented some from leaving. They insisted “Sitting in the library with your headphones in, intensifies this violence against people of color, muting the voices of the movement, the cries of your peers, and the history of inequality.” So not only have the activists not been disciplined for the earlier conduct (indeed a college vice president apologized to them), they believe that they have license to remove any statements deemed as non-supportive or opposed to their views.

I am surprised again by the lack of a strong response from the college when students torn down a memorial and then stand guard to prevent students from posting on a previously reserved space. The notion that such action is justified so not to be silenced is absurd and runs contrary to the free speech values of academia.

Here is the statement of Black Lives Matter:

Today, Friday May 13th the Dartmouth College Republicans reserved a central bulletin board in Collis Atrium. On this board the Dartmouth College Republicans posted the slogan “Blue Lives Matter” FOUR times. By co-opting a movement intended to protect the livelihood of Black people, Blue Lives Matter” & #AllLivesMatter facilitates the erasure of black lives. This slogan denies that black bodies are subjected to disproportionate state violence. This has nothing to do with individual police officers.

Over the past several terms, in Collis the black lives matter installation was defaced, and the signs outside of the gender inclusive bathroom were ripped off of the walls. On our campus a native woman and man were egged after a silent protest, countless women of color have been assaulted, people of color have been called racial slurs, physically threatened, and aggressively approached in public, private, and over social media.

The #blacklivesmatter protest in the fall affirmed black existence, humanity, and resilience in light of the oppressive reality here at Dartmouth. This is our reality; we are the voices of ALL people of color in classes. It is inescapable as social media, especially yik-yak, is saturated with racial slurs. This morning the bulletin boards in “The Center for Student Involvement” informed the campus this space is NOT for us . Collis is intended to be a home base for all student activities, however is a site of violence.

This campus is toxic.

Our goal is to illuminate the severity of the violence people of color face on this campus. In not challenging this oppression against our bodies, instead reproducing this narrative is actively partaking in this violence. Silencing our narratives. If we didn’t take down the display we would be reproducing a violent narrative that works to silence us in masses.

People are tired. People of color are tired of being made inferior to their peers. We are tired of conservative rhetoric reproducing the same racial stereotypes that have positioned our bodies in a violent, inhumane fashion since slavery.

We have reclaimed the board. We are reclaiming our space, in Collis, in Class, and on this Campus. We have proclaimed “Black Lives Matter”—we do in fact matter, and we are here.

Fuck your comfort, there is no such thing as neutral existence. Sitting in the library with your headphones in, intensifies this violence against people of color, muting the voices of the movement, the cries of your peers, and the history of inequality. Posting Blue Lives Matter reproduces the idea that All lives matter, again intensifying the violence against people of color. Invalidating individual realities.

We occupy this space, in front of the bulletin board, to guarantee our presence at this institution. Reposting Blue Lives Matter reproduces this violent narrative against people of color, by silencing us. We will not be silenced.

We have cried, but we will persevere regardless of the complacent conservative faction on campus, we will be okay. We need to be okay, so we can graduate from this institution with a Dartmouth degree.
Face it that’s why we came here, and at the end of the day we still are here—at Dartmouth, in the Ivy League, in college, in this nation. We aren’t going anywhere.

It is your turn, stand in solidarity with us. Do not allow the cries of your peers, your friends be silenced.
ACT. #blacklivesmatter

Peace, Love, Solidarity,

Existence is Resistance

Source: TheDartmouth.com

29 thoughts on “Black Lives Matter Activists Tear Down Statement Supporting Police In The Name Of Not Being Silenced

  1. Actions speak louder than words. And the Black Lives Matter has been clear that it does not care about anyone else’s lives, including the African Americans living in communities harmed by the looting and riots.

    This should be a teachable moment for the university. BLM objects to any efforts to bring people together and find common ground, like the inclusivity of All Lives Matter. This is an opportunity for students to come together with a more tolerant and inclusive message.

  2. But wait…..There’s more to this story

    The group of BLM students monitored and policed the scene, ostensibly to guard the bulletin board and to prevent the College Republicans from retaking the space. The size and composition of the group changed throughout the day, but the group remained there past 6 PM policing the Atrium.

    Meanwhile, Dartmouth Safety and Security informed the College Republicans that Harry Kinne, the Director of Safety and Security, and Mr. Ramsey had come to an “agreement” that the College Republicans would not be allowed take down the Black Lives Matter flyers until Collis Atrium closed at 2 AM. The officers also threatened sanctions if the College Republicans acted. Students began to disperse without any action having been taken.

  3. I constantly read this site and I used to respond. After a debacle a couple of years ago which seemed to threaten the unity of other followers, I ceased responding. Now, however, I am inclined to respond to the readers herein. Having travelled the social/political spectrum through many years of my life I’ve heard many arguments from both sides of the arguments. What has always amazed (and dismayed me) was the hyposcrity displayed by the side which, in my younger life, I supported.
    The dreams of idealism are, indeed, admirable. The concept of world unity and “racial” (I dispise the term “race” which you would understand if you ever researched the origins of the word) is a wonderful dream…and that’s all it is. A dream. All of humanity is inherently different. This has nothing to do with ethnicity. It has everything to do with culture ( please,before you assault me with claims of ethnicity is culture, hear me out). This is very important.
    The world is made up of very many people, beliefs and idealism. The concept of world unity, based upon that very simple reality, is impossible. Too many many people have too many opposing ideas which, in turn, makes world unity impossible.
    So, what does this have to do with the topic?
    In today’s society, it is acceptable to blame a particular ethnic for the unrest of society…and that is a horrible assumption. The Black Lives Matter movements blames the “white culture” for the evils bestowed upon them because of the sins of our fathers because our ancestors used slaves. Do your research people! The fact is that slavery was commonplace during the 18th and 19th century and very much earlier throughout history. Slavery was commonly used throughout history. If you really want to get down to the matter as far as history is served, realize that many slaves were sold to slave traders by members of the slaves own ethnicity! (Again, do your own research with diligence and open-mindedness.)
    Therefore, are we responsible for the “sins of our fathers”? Do we owe the ancestors of those who were mistreated? Are all “white” (actually, the term should be “European” by common terminology) to be held accountable for what happened two hundred years ago? If so, shouldn’t the Spanish be held accountable for the almost complete annihilation of the Aztecs, Mayans and Incans? Shouldn’t the British be heels for the complete annihilation of the true Jamacians? The list goes on and on ad nauseum!
    My point is that there have been many misjustices committed throughout history which we now recognize as wrong. Does that mean that it still continue so? Of course it does…to a small degree. Ethnic prejudice will always exist in some individuals. Protesting such prejudice to such a degree that it results in further prejudice is nothing more than MORE PREJUDICE. It is only putting more fuel on the fire.
    Black lives matter…so do Hispanic lives, Asian lives, Middleseastern lives, American Indian lives, White lives…ALL LIVES MATTER!
    Forget what all the activists preach. I don’t care if it’s “reverend Al Sharpton”, “Reverend Jesse Jackson”, the Ayatollah whatever, any white supremeist, any Hispanic activists…they all have personal agendas (mostly support money going into thier pockets)…I don’t care. Look into the truth and learn.

    The

  4. You know, if a group declares that theirs are the lives that matter most, that other’s do not matter because of the color of their skin, or their job, it should be pretty clearly a bigoted position to be denounced.

    But some people are determined to celebrate this position.

    William – great post.

  5. There really is a systemic pattern of abuse and prejudice against conservative students (or anyone who doesn’t agree with the Ultra Left, including Democrats.)

    University campuses across the nation are now hostile to students based on political and religious beliefs.

    Who would have thought?

    We’re so lucky to live here. I hope we don’t throw away the rights and freedoms too many take for granted.

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