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In Solidarity and in Community

From a faculty source:

> From: “Patterson-Stephens, Shawna”
> Date: July 13, 2018 at 6:21:12 PM GMT+2
> To: WILLIAMS-PERSONNEL@LISTSERV.WILLIAMS.EDU
> Subject: Community Space in Response to Incident at Sawyer Library
> Reply-To: “Patterson-Stephens, Shawna”
>
> Williams Students, Faculty, and Staff,
>
> Recently, printed materials expressing anti-Islamic, anti-Semitic, anti-Black, and anti-LGBTQIA sentiment were placed in the library stacks of the Sawyer Library.
>
> The Davis Center will host a community space this afternoon (Friday, July 13th) in the Jenness Conference Room from 2:00 pm-5:00 pm in response to these harmful sentiments. We invite you to join us for as long or as little as you’d like, in solidarity and in community.
>
> The DC Staff also invites you to join us in reclaiming our space with messages of affirmation we intend to post throughout campus. These messages, in the form of posters, will be available on the conference room table–feel free to drop by and take one or some for your offices, classrooms, and residential spaces.
>
> ​Yours,
> The Davis Center Staff​

Here are some photos of the students (?) who disrupted (?) the Williamstown July 4th parade and the annual reading of the Founding Documents in Sawyer.

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1) I bet that there is some overlap/connection between these protestors and the Davis Center folks organizing this “Response.” In particular, who paid for those nicely printed posters?

2) What would happen to a student/professor who organized “messages of affirmation” to counteract ideas of the July 4th protestors? There are many trolling opportunities available.

3) Please post photos of these “messages of affirmation.” Future historians will thank you!

4) Non-violent protest/speech is at the heart of a free society. I want more messages from both the July 4th protestors and the anonymous white nationalists. Indeed, if Robert Gaudino were still with us, he would be trying to arrange a debate between the two groups. Uncomfortable Learning indeed!

5) Am I wrong to suspect that the Davis Center folks want to silence voices on campus that disagree with them (e.g., Trump supporters suspicious of Muslim immigration) while insisting on their right to disrupt events like the July 4th parade and reading of the Founding Documents?

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#1 Comment By Fendertweed On July 15, 2018 @ 8:15 am

Is this Speculation Sunday?

Throw shit at the wall and see what sticks?

I have no idea of the answers to the questions but they seem full of assumptions. Any facts?

#2 Comment By PTC On July 15, 2018 @ 9:27 am

Why not just ask the college if it was involved in the planning and execution of the protest?

Why in the world would an elite uber-wealthy local academy want to rain on the locals parade?

Just buy the parade next time.

#3 Comment By frank uible On July 15, 2018 @ 6:09 pm

To reduce the risk of erosion of its power.

#4 Comment By Tikhon On July 15, 2018 @ 11:55 pm

It was a *silent* protest. Was there violence? No. Did the protestors disrupt the celebration? No. Did they physically intimidate those who were celebrating the national holiday? No. Was anyone’s First Amendment rights infringed upon at the public event? No.

To be blunt, I also think it’s pretty outrageous to suggest, without the slightest shred of evidence, that the Davis Center was behind the protest. Such a suggestion is very much on the bottom-feeding rhetorical level of ‘Some people say […]’. You know better, and can do better. Please try harder.

#5 Comment By PTC On July 16, 2018 @ 12:10 am

Tikhon,

I agree. But that does not answer the question. Was the college involved or not?

That is a very simple question.

If the answer is no, then fine.

If the answer is yes, then also fine. But then the college needs to explain that.

You may not believe that it is a big deal, but to my family it was. My entire family was in the parade. I fought in three wars for this country. I do not deserve to have myself, my wife, my son, or anyone else in this town, to be accused of being complicit in anything. Not by you, or anyone else.

Silent or not. You shamed my family, and many others. You have to explain that.

#6 Comment By Tikhon On July 16, 2018 @ 12:22 am

Excuse me, but you have some nerve to accuse me of shaming your family and others. You don’t know me, and don’t even know if I was a participant in that protest. I don’t need to explain anything to you, other than what I wrote about the First-Amendment aspects of the event. And guess what? The college is also not obliged to respond to patently wackadoodle accusations that don’t have even a passing acquaintance with empirical reality.

#7 Comment By PTC On July 16, 2018 @ 12:29 am

Tikhon-I would love to meet you.

But perhaps, my “academic rigor” might not be enough. But the protest rigor was, of course enough.

Now… my hyperbole did not escape you, but it got your attention.

Just say the word… and I would be happy to meet you. No kidding… we can discuss this over dinner.

#8 Comment By PTC On July 25, 2018 @ 8:48 am

DDF

You should bring the founder of #justwalkaway to to campus. With all the hysteria over “Russian bots” and fear of democrats “walking away”, it would make for an interesting lecture and Q and A.