Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Stop the Presses: The Dartmouth Review Mistreats Minorities

"It goes without saying that a lot of underrepresented groups feel mistreated here, whether it’s by the Greek system, The Dartmouth Review or just the people they engage with on a daily basis."

Jordan Osserman '11's editorial in the D today about the necessity of choosing a female, non-heterosexual, or minority President is truly a treasure. In addition to the above quote, it yielded such gems as:
"And as the Board of Trustees continues its search for the next leader of the Big Green, it’s time we set a new requirement: straight white men need not apply."

"Thus, the assumption that fairness requires colorblindness is false. The Board of Trustees is not casting for “Grey’s Anatomy” — it’s looking for a leader to move Dartmouth forward."

"As a representative of a marginalized group, a president who is female, gay, non-white or all of the above would have an inherent understanding of the struggles of women and minorities."

"I do not intend to discredit the work of President Wright or any of the other well-intentioned straight, white male leaders on this campus."

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is just ridiculous. She makes terrible arguments for why "straight, white men" should not be included in the presidential search, aside from the ludicrous idea itself.

Anonymous said...

It's a he, btw.

Anonymous said...

How could it be? Only a woman would make such a dumb argument.

The Review is not racist. It just prints covers of Indians scalping people and refers to black professors as "used brillo pads." People need to chill!

Anonymous said...

Women, African-Americans, homosexuals, etc. have been marginalized for too long. Obviously the only way to correct for this is to marginalize straight white men for a while.

W. Aubin said...

Osserman also asserts that all straight white men were born into a position of "pure privilege". Does that mean that a straight white man who came from an impoverished background, is in a wheelchair, had an abusive father, etc. would be unable to commiserate with the downtrodden? Must a president fit into only the disadvantaged groups that Osserman cares about?

Anonymous said...

I love how the editor of The Dartmouth Review is a minority female who, according to Osserman, "mistreats minorities"... but shouldn't "a representative of a marginalized group... who is female, gay, non-white or all of the above" have "an inherent understanding of the struggles of women and minorities?"

Anonymous said...

Must a president fit into only the disadvantaged groups that Osserman cares about?

Of course. Only the very top levels of the victim hierarchy will yield suitable candidates.

Also, only straight white men can be legitimately criticized as bad writing teachers.

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