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Where’s My Safety?

There is so much going on at Williams that I am losing the ability to follow it all. Apologies to all our readers!

1) The above screen shot is from this flyer (pdf) that went up in Paresky last week. Does anyone have a higher quality version?

2) The College Council minutes (doc) are also filled with interesting material. Pick out your favorite parts and leave them in the comments. Example:

There are a lot of real concerns about equity here given the fact that there are sites like Canary Mission that was not at all mentioned in Lance’s first minute notes. That website was mentioned a variety of times specifically because its a giant website that a current student at Williams is on. Someone reported her due to her Jewish Voices for Peace activism. She is now on there. She can no longer enter the country of Israel because of that. When she is looked up by employers there is a website that says she is anti-semetic even though she is Jewish. It is a tricky situation here when one side of the debate is being attacked and surveilled and being nationally seen in this way.

Indeed, it is much more dangerous, at least from a career-perspective, to voice anti-Isreali positions than anti-Palestinian positions. Why would that be?

3) The WIFI controversy reminded me of this Claiming Williams session:

Unpacking Jewish Identity

This workshop for faculty and staff will provide participants with an opportunity to begin examining their Jewish identity and their Jewish privilege in a supportive environment that focuses on their own experiences. It will be one small step toward increasing effective dialogue about race, practicing allyship, and interrupting racism. Workshop facilitators will guide participants through a process of reflection that includes writing and small-group discussion with the goal of understanding racism in structural terms, and formulating some practical steps for more insightful living.

Does “Jewish privilege” strike readers as nonsense? Williams regularly features discussions of “white privilege.” Indeed, any successful group is, in this day and age, almost certainly benefiting from some sort of privilege.

4) The bad press caused by College Council refusing recognition to WIFI continues:

Scarborough has 2.5 million followers. Has a negative tweet about Williams ever been so broadly broadcast?

By the way, I made up one of the 4 points above. Can you guess which one without looking? And how many years before it turns into a reality?

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4 Comments To "Where’s My Safety?"

#1 Comment By John Drew On May 6, 2019 @ 4:27 pm

My initial guess was you photo-shopped the Scarborough tweet.

#2 Comment By Whitney Wilson ’90 On May 6, 2019 @ 4:36 pm

The tweet is actually real. I also thought it would be a fake, and I was going to complain to DDF about faking things like that, but it turns out that was real.

#3 Comment By Current Student On May 6, 2019 @ 8:25 pm

Jewish privilege workshop is the red herring, so to speak. Perhaps inspired by the fact that the unpacking white privilege workshop on Claiming Williams day was led by the Jewish Chaplain.

#4 Comment By Current Student On May 6, 2019 @ 8:51 pm

Regrettably, the above comment is not mine. Why regrettably? Because I, too, was fooled and thought DDF had photoshopped a tweet, which I would say is a no-no. Not saying there’s any relation, but Maud’s letter about WIFI came out a day after Scarborough’s tweet.