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A blatantly racist opinion piece penned by a Pennsylvania college student says “white boys” should not “be allowed to talk.”

Leda Fisher, a senior and self-identified “black girl” at Dickinson College, whines about “white boys” in her higher education years “incessantly” speaking about issues and sharing their opinions, in a piece titled, “Should White Boys Still Be Allowed to Talk?

The piece was published on Thursday at the student newspaper, The Dickinsonian. School administration addressed the severe backlash to the openly racist piece on Friday in an email underscoring their position to uphold free speech and condemned prejudice.

“American society tells men, but especially white men, that their opinions have merit and that their voice is valuable, but after four years of listening to white boys in college, I am not so convinced,” asserts Fisher in the piece.

“In my time at Dickinson I have listened to probably hundreds of white boys talk. It feels incessant. From classes and lectures, to the news and politics, there is an endless line of white boys waiting to share their opinions on the state of feminism in America, whether the LGBTQ+ population finally has enough rights, the merits of capitalism, etc. The list of what white boys think they are qualified to talk about is endless,” she continues.

Fisher then claims most white boys don’t “understand that their (ill-informed, uncritical) opinions do not constitute truth. In fact, most often their opinions aren’t even original,” she writes. “White boys spout the narrative of dominant ideologies and pretend they’re hot takes instead of the same misleading garbage shoved down our throats by American institutions from birth.”

“I am so g****mned tired of listening to white boys,” says the senior. “I cannot describe to you how frustrating it is to be forced to listen to a white boy explain his take on the Black experience in the Obama-era. Hey Brian, I’m an actual Black woman alive right now with a brain. In what world would your understanding of my life carry more weight than my understanding? Unfortunately, it is this world, where white men debate the pain of other people for fun and then take away their rights.”

According to Fisher, “white boys” are not individuals: “they do not exist separate from the rest of the world,” she explains. “You do not speak alone, you speak with the weight of every other white man who has spoken over a woman, erased the contributions of queer people from history, or denigrated ‘broken English’ as unintelligent. You speak with the weight of policies and laws meant to forever define intelligence by how it measures up to the bros of America.”

In “honor of Black History Month,” says Fisher, “white boys” should be shut up.

“So, should white boys still be allowed to share their ‘opinions’? Should we be forced to listen? In honor of Black History Month, I’m gonna go with a hell no,” she says. “Go find someone whose perspective has been buried or ignored and listen to them, raise up their voice.”

In abundantly racist form, Fisher then lists stereotypical “white boy” names to highlight her point: “To all the Chrises, Ryans, Olivers, and Seans out there, I encourage you to critically examine where your viewpoints come from, read a text that challenges you without looking for reasons to dismiss it, and maybe try listening from now on.”

In a Friday email sent to Dickinson College students and obtained by The Daily Wire, Presient Margee M. Ensign
noted that the controversial piece was published in a student-run newspaper and “does not speak for the college.”

I have heard from many of you about an opinion piece in The Dickinsonian. First, let me remind you that The Dickinsonian is a student-run newspaper that has editorial control over its content. It expresses the opinions of its writers—it does not speak for the college.

“Let me be clear. Dickinson believes in free speech. We also condemn stereotyping and prejudice,” continued President Ensign. “Dickinson values inclusivity. We expect our community members to engage in thoughtful dialogue and believe that no group or individual should be silenced.”

“It is a fundamental policy of the college to respect pluralism and to promote civility and mutual understanding,” Ensign noted.

The president added that the school “will provide opportunities for constructive conversations to respond to the divisions we are experiencing on our campus and in society” in the days ahead.

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14 Comments

14 Comments

  1. Danny

    February 10, 2019 at 2:38 am

    It’s time to take up for ourselves. Let’s be loud and let’s be loud very often. Let’s physically fight for our first amendment if that’s what it takes the time is now

    • Jill B. White

      February 13, 2019 at 9:12 am

      jigaboo

  2. Blkojo

    February 10, 2019 at 3:29 am

    She sure hates herself.

  3. Shari Early

    February 10, 2019 at 4:17 am

    So it’s ok for blacks to keep being racist? I’m kind of over it. I didn’t have anything to do with being born white. I’ve never had what they refer to as white privilege so take your racism and shove it where the sun doesn’t shine.

  4. Jon Wisdom

    February 10, 2019 at 5:28 am

    So this college that receives federal funding believes the article was an expression of free speech. If you changed every “white boy” to “black boy” and published the article, I have absolutely no doubt the college would immediately remove them from the paper, punish them, and probably suspend or expel them.

  5. Jon Wisdom

    February 10, 2019 at 5:45 am

    Dickinson College responded that this was a student run newspaper, not the college, and that the college believes in free speech. Maybe they should read their own sexual discrimination policy:

    ” this policy applies to conduct on campus or in the context of an education program or activity. This includes off-campus conduct that has continuing adverse effects on campus, in the context of an education program or activity, or where the conduct has the potential to adversely affect any member of the Dickinson College community or Dickinson College. Education programs or activities include … events for school clubs or organizations that occur off campus”

    “The College also prohibits harassment based on gender, … gender identity or gender expression. Acts constituting such harassment may include acts of verbal … aggression, intimidation, or hostility based on sex or sex-stereotyping, even if those acts do not involve conduct of a sexual nature. ”

    I think this conduct clearly violates the school’s written policy.

  6. Everett Dickens

    February 10, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    Yes racism is alive and well in our college campuses, this obvious racist is tired of white boys speaking out, well I am tired of all the racism and hatred I see coming from our taxpayer supported colleges and all of them feed at the public trough! This individual would probably be happier in South Africa they are dealing with the white problem there! Plus it would be nice if the college leaders applied the rules equally to all students, instead of just some, a lot of this be would stop if people were held accountable for their actions and words!

  7. MissD

    February 10, 2019 at 2:24 pm

    I have a suggestion!!!! Black folks should just shut the hell up ! They never have anything intelligent to say anyway !

  8. Roni Reilly

    February 10, 2019 at 2:37 pm

    I wonder if the WHITE Northern MEN who fought for the ending of slavery should have also not spoken up?

    • Joe

      February 10, 2019 at 2:56 pm

      Big mistake. We should have deported then back then

  9. Joe

    February 10, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    I think all Niggers need to go back to. Africa and be sterilized. What does she think of that. She is what you call a Nigger. Dont like it nigger, do something about it besides wright an article. Fully loaded and waiting

  10. stephen winters

    February 10, 2019 at 3:46 pm

    does not the school have oversite of the news paper?

  11. Mary Johnson

    February 10, 2019 at 7:45 pm

    Racism again. It is comments like this that promote racism. Everyone has freedom of speech and that includes whites. When Obama was president he gave everyone the impression that whites did not matter and that they were the root of all evil but in fact many lost their lives so the slaves may be free and that this person saying white should not talk would have the freedom to talk.

  12. Patriot 1951

    February 10, 2019 at 8:47 pm

    You DO NOT relinquish your First Amendment rights at the schoolhouse door.

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