In this blog post I want to bring up something that actually discovered earlier today. A friend of mine transferred from Muhlenberg to Smith College, an all girls college in Massachusetts a couple years ago. When speaking with her today, she told me about a Smith alum, Anne Spurzem, who posted a letter about how adding diversity to Smith College is virtually ruining it. Here are two links that discuss (and present) the letter to the editor:
So far in our contemporary racism course, we’ve been learning about how racism has shifted through phases throughout the years, and how now-a-days there is much less blatant racism and much more aversive racism. In my mind, I had began even forgetting about blatant racism because I rarely witness it. I’ve been focusing on aversive racism and have been noticing little acts quite frequently. Maybe this is why this letter took me back a little bit. To read someone’s hostility and close mindedness was appalling. Not to mention she successfully included nearly every stereotype about blacks and minorities, claiming that they were “fact”, such as how Smith no longer requires SAT scores because minorities cannot provide high scores, which wouldn’t allow them into the school. Rather than Smith College expanding to a greater, more diverse group of females for greater opportunities and cultural awareness, Anne Spurzem believes that diversity ruins the reputation and integrity of Smith for wealthy, heterosexual, white females.
However I do like how much media attention this letter received because at least it’s getting the topic out there, right? If you look at the comments left on the CNN article it’s refreshing to see disagreement and disdain towards Anne Spurzem. People who believe that diversity benefits colleges and encourage expanding diversity. Do you think this letter should be blown up by the media? Or do you think that might cause those who agree with Spurzem to come out and agree, bringing back more blatant racism? Is that even a bad thing or could it lead to change?