In light of the recent opinions articles published by The Brown Daily Herald, there have been numerous statements and articles written by individual Brown students and student-run organizations. As a widely read campus publication, we have a privilege and a duty to inform Brown students of campus happenings and to serve as a platform that elevates marginalized voices on Brown’s campus. Below is a collection of the responses that embody many of the discussions happening on our campus.
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In a guest column for the BDH, “Exchange Columbus: The case for Indigenous People’s Day,” Native Americans At Brown argues why the University should change fall weekend to Indigenous People’s Day, and provides the historical and current context of the Native American experience:
“This is not just a symbolic or political stance that we are taking. Our continuing fight for Native visibility on campus has consequences for us as students, Native communities and the greater campus community of students of color. We are living testaments to Native resistance, and we are requesting a celebration of ourselves and millions of others like us, rather than a University erasure of the genocide that we had to fight back to get here. This renaming of Fall Weekend is just one small step in longer walk towards institutionalizing real support for Native students.”
NAB has also released a petition to the University that currently has over 1,000 signatures.
Leaders of several Black student organizations released a joint statement to the Brown Daily Herald in which they demand accountability and reform from the editorial board:
“As the oldest and most prominent publication on this campus, we hold the BDH accountable as an organization for their practices and how they approach controversial issues. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, whether or not students disagree; however, as an organization with privilege, power, and a platform, the BDH is, and will be, held to a higher standard than any one individual.”
“A Statement from a Collective of AAPI Students,” published in bluestockings magazine, is a statement of solidarity written by a collective of Asian/Asian American and Pacific Islander students at Brown, which calls on AAPI students to take action and speaks on AAPI complicity:
“In weaponizing the model minority myth, white supremacy broadcasts the economic success of a narrow subset of Asian Americans in the United States to justify the oppression of Native and Black communities. AAPI complicity and active participation in white supremacy can and does happen. This complicity upholds the systemic oppression of all communities of color. As AAPI people, our own shared histories of imperialism are connected to those of other people of color… we must be even more thoughtful and compassionate in the ways we build coalition with communities of color whose oppression we have historically benefited from.”
In this bluestockings magazine editors statement, the magazine speaks to ethical journalism and offers itself as a platform and space for response: