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Erased from the Retelling

From the testimonies associated with the student/alumni letter to President Mandel about the English Department:

In 2008, I was harassed for a month by my entrymate and her friends who thought I called security one night during one of their parties. Following that night, each time they would have parties, they would repeatedly deface my white board hanging on my dorm door. This ultimately led to Nigger being written on the wall on my dorm with my marker and a penis drawn on the wall as well, with a matching penis being drawn on my whiteboard. Knowledge of this incident later sparked the campus-wide movement called Stand with Us, which led to what is now Claiming Williams. Despite the College “celebrating” Claiming Williams each year, my name, as well as the name of the known perpetrators has been erased from the retelling on the narrative, perpetuating the idea that this incident is part of the College’s past—a distant memory of less-inclusive times, used to demonstrate the College’s growth and current commitment to diversity. During my time at Williams, I was literally silenced—being told by the administration that I could not talk about the incident due to the “investigation.” I was later asked by the Williams newspaper to write an article about it, but was told that it had to be an op-Ed since the school wasn’t able to identify exactly who wrote Nigger on the wall. Co-opting my story to use it for its pedestal of “progress” and removing my name and the names of those who built the Stand with Us Movement is plagiarism. Removing the names of the perpetrators from the narrative gives them anonymity and protection and is yet another way the College demonstrates its commitment to protect the oppressor rather than expose and address the oppression. The power of the Stand with Us Movement was that knowledge of what happened to me sparked others to tell their stories. There were countless stories like mine because the issues lie not just with problematic students, but with a problematic system that reinforces the idea that behavior like that is allowed here. During my remaining years there, similar incidents continued to happened with both students and faculty of color. It baffles me how an institution filled with the brightest minds and experts in their fields can’t seem to figure out how to hold white people accountable and create larger, effective systems of accountability.

This note is unsigned, but it purports to be from Jacquelin Magby ’11 and to describe events which we have collected under the Willy E. N-word category. In terms of its impact on Williams, this was one of the most important events of the last 15 years. Worth reviewing in detail?

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#1 Comment By fendertweed On June 17, 2019 @ 8:45 am

FFS … proceed to Investigative Technique 101 first, and do some minimal vetting before unleashing the Hounds of Ephblog.

Pathetic that you’re considering running with unvented, unsourced, …. stuff.

But regrettably not a surprise.

Do your research first!

#2 Comment By abl On June 17, 2019 @ 12:08 pm

Worth reviewing in detail?

I’m finding this exhaustive coverage…exhausting.

#3 Comment By John Drew On June 17, 2019 @ 12:28 pm

What is most notable about the Willy E. N-word saga is how a conflict based on anti-Christian bigotry was later repackaged as a conflict based on racism.

As you may remember, Jacquelin Magby ’11 initially indicated that the conflict started when the other students in her area ganged up and verbally abused her because they believed she was calling security to interfere with their drunken parties.

She was in the habit of posting Bible verses on the white board on her door. The students who disliked her went on to routinely ridicule her religion and erase her daily Bible verses. Not one word of this overwhelming, anti-Christian bigotry is now included in Magby’s current testimony.

The real story of Willy E. N-word is that the college made little to no effort to protect Magby when her religious beliefs were under attack. When racial graffiti appeared, however, the school launched a thorough investigation. It went so far as to interview each resident of Willy E. Investigators recorded each student’s story and meticulously reconciled their differences – all in an effort to find out who was defacing the walls with racist graffiti.

Ultimately, Magby’s story will be seen as part of a much more serious, long-standing history of institutionalized discrimination against, and the consistent mistreatment of, Christian students at Williams College.

As far as I know, the only professor on campus who grasps the depth of the left’s hatred and contempt for conservative Christians is political science professor Darel Paul. He has a new article at First Things regarding the on-going harassment of a Christian baker in Colorado.

Accommodating Injustice

If there were more professors like Paul on campus, it would be easier for the school to protect the most significant targets of on-campus hate speech and discrimination – Christian students and faculty.

#4 Comment By GloryDaysChaser On June 17, 2019 @ 4:06 pm

Shorter John Drew: I know more about this student’s complaints of harassment, and my depictions meld with my own ideology. Always makin’ it about meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

#5 Comment By Sammy On June 17, 2019 @ 6:16 pm

John Drew is so clueless. Williams doesn’t even have minors! Makes sense that he got fired.

#6 Comment By John Drew On June 17, 2019 @ 6:20 pm


As I taught my students at Williams College, always go back to the original sources. Check out these statements from a famous Record op-ed by Jacquelin Magby ’11.

It started over Winter Study. I have a white board on my door that I purchased. The first half of the board is for whatever messages my friends might have for me and the bottom half is designated for the “Word of the day,” as I like to call it. It refers to the Bible scripture quote that I change daily on my board, something I have been doing since the beginning of fall semester. One night during Winter Study, there was a party in the common room next to my room. Security came to break up the party. Soon afterwards, I heard students outside my door saying that I was the one who had called Security. They then proceeded to erase my white board. I opened my door and rewrote my scripture, but it was erased again. After this happened another two times, I was upset and wrote a note on my board saying that whoever was erasing my board “should just have just asked if I called Security, before deciding to disrespect my property and make themselves look like a butt hole.” About a half hour later, I heard a group of people outside my door talking about me. I went out to confront them and they again accused me of calling Security. I explained to them that I hadn’t, but the alcohol probably affected their better judgment as they continued to accuse me. The conversion escalated. I refused to argue with eight drunken people at two or three in the morning so I slammed the door. In response, a girl yelled, “That’s not what Jesus would do.” They then erased my board yet again and wrote the word “lies.”

I can’t imagine what it was like for a black Christian student to be the target of abuse from a drunken group of eight fellow students. It is perfectly clear from her comments that Jacquelin was being attacked and ridiculed for her religious beliefs and not her race.

She was a vulnerable, unprotected, ideologically correct target for abuse. In this sense, her attackers were protected by the leftist ideology that rallied around the CARE Now activists after they leveled their bigoted, anti-white rant against male students on the College Council. Please recall, there have been no reports of any discipline or consequences attached to the CARE Now student’s highly visible racist hate speech.

Jacquelin writes further:

The next day I wrote the girl an apology letter for slamming the door in her face and to clear up any confusion about me calling her and her friends butt holes. From that night on, they would have about three parties a week. Each night, my board would be erased or defaced several times. Many times, the writings would mock my “Word of the Day” or my religion.

The bottom line is that the college did nothing to stop the religious persecution of Jacquelin Magby. It was only when a racial angle appeared that suddenly her mistreatment became a relevant issue for campus authorities. Historically, the college will look the other way as long as you are attacking Christians or whites.

#7 Comment By BH On June 17, 2019 @ 8:26 pm

It might be worth noting that, despite frequent claims on this site from a certain author, the majority of students likely identify as believing Christians (with an even higher proportion being believing theists of some sort) and the same likely holds for faculty (here I’m guessing based on the faculty I know, rather than strong evidence). The notion that Christians are a persecuted minority at the college is absurd. Indeed, a few years back we all received an email from the Dean of the College about an possible “hate crime” that consisted solely of a Christian fish symbol having been removed from a car trunk.

#8 Comment By GloryDaysChaser On June 17, 2019 @ 8:35 pm

Once again, that excerpt does not say what claim that it says.

meanwhile, I see that n your latest garbage post where you once again turned comments off, you take a cheap shot at the University of Alabama, an R1 institution and perfectly fine institution that for many of the top kids in Alabama would hold a great deal more appeal than a place like Williams and which will have many programs far better for students interested in those areas than anything Williams has to offer.

I also cannot help but notice that for a conservative you hold a lot of snobbery against institutions that will heavily lean toward conservative students. Hate the sin, love the sinner, eh, Johnny Boy?

#9 Comment By BH On June 17, 2019 @ 9:05 pm

And as comments were not enabled for two previous post that both describe formers students minoring in something (Spanish and Leadership Studies), I will note that Williams does not offer minors.

#10 Comment By Fragesteller On June 18, 2019 @ 12:13 am

Has David finally discovered the long-fabled, secret “backdoor to a minor” at Williams College?

#11 Comment By Fragesteller On June 18, 2019 @ 9:31 am

How did David get so clever? How did David get so smart?