Alumni Outlook: Grads Weigh In

Shassata Fahim ’18

The sentiment that “this is not the Davidson that I know” is part of the rhetoric that has been extremely frustrating to me as a recent alumnus of the institution. For people of color, receiving a DOX Alert notifying them of alleged neo-Nazi presence is not really a shock. It’s painful to see it so publicly and for people to finally realize that this is a problem that exists.

The lack of response by the institution itself in condemning the recent and blatant acts of hate made publicly known is a slap in the face of students like myself and countless others who have had to, currently have to, or will have to exist with a marginalized identity in an unsafe space like Davidson.

For the school, I feel like there should be a baseline expectation in 2018 that a liberal arts institution will vehemently condemn neo-Nazis. Instead, the administration put out ineffective tweets and emails to the student body that failed to condemn neo-Nazism and stated that campus was safe for all students. Davidson proceeded to share the efforts of students (majority POC) on campus in the protest that was held this past week all across its social media.

Students need to recognize that the Davidson bubble is just a bubble for some people. For students of color, women, LGBTQ students, etc., this space has always been a microcosm of our greater society that includes discrimination, bigotry, and hatred.

If you’re angry, don’t know what to do, and want to see change, be active in your resistance on a regular basis- not just when it’s popular. Use your platforms to amplify the voices of the marginalized and get more engaged in the campus community and beyond to enact the change you want to see or at least work towards it. If not, the institution will not only be remain passive in the handling of this atrocity, but the majority of the student body will be complicit in letting events like this continue to happen and be normalized. And so the cycle continues…