This is a response to a letter to the editor.
Xavier A. Torres de Janon
Dear S. Dogood:
- I first point my finger at the anonymity of your letter. I wonder why you chose to do so if your purpose is revolution (“For a revolution to occur, we must not bicker about foofaraws, and hold shouting matches upon soapboxes, but instead lead by example, just as Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr and others did, to usher in new eras of equality”). Indeed, your anonymity only adds to this “bickering about foofaraws,” and your confusing role models died because they were brave enough to not remain anonymous.
- “Every life is sacred, and should be treated as such.” Reality proves different. When a Black U.S. life dies at the hands of the police, no one treats it as sacred (#BlackLivesMatter). When three Black Muslim males get shot execution style, their deaths aren’t sacred (#OurThreeBoys). When another Trans Black Woman is assassinated, their life is not considered sacred. But when a racist, sexist, war-mongering, white male judge dies from natural causes, we should pretend that all lives are sacred? You are fooling yourself, because all lives do not matter, so why give in to this fiction?
- Mourning is an act of respect. It is a sacred act, indeed. Mourning for the sake of mourning, for being ‘patriotic’ and “decent” is nauseating.
- I actually feel sorry that you make your decisions based on an executive order. If your role models Martin Luther King, Jr. and Gandhi did so, they would not have been revolutionary. Revolution is resistance, not co-optation and obedience. I laugh at your ‘revolutionary spirit,’ because it is pathetic and false. I also question your heroes, because they, too, were homophobic and racist, respectively.
- “The recently interred left behind a wife and nine children: imagine and have compassion for their suffering at this time before you self-flagellate on your own sense of faux self-importance.” Adolf Hitler had a wife. No more comments.
- “The actions of faculty in November of 2015 concerning Beirut were disgraceful, using the tragic suffering of others for a political purpose. If the Hampshire faculty were truly vested in equality, and the terms by which death should be honored, a similar brouhaha should have been made about every abrupt quietus across the world. Yet, their inconsistent voices were silent when fresh waves of Nigerian, Iraqi and Afghanistan bombings fluttered past the mouths of our mainstream media, more concerned with the consecrated noughts on their paychecks and their sacred sabbaticals.” You are disgusting, cowardly, contradictory, racist and disrespectful. Hampshire Faculty of Color is not vested in equality, but in justice. All the wars you have referred to are currently being waged or militarized by the flag you love and your “beautiful land.” Your late Judge Scalia probably celebrated the mass murders of bodies of color around the world. Your words are disgusting, and I hope that faculty of color publicly shame them.
- Although I do not know who you are, I hope to see you in the “halls of power” of this institution, because I openly question that you are participating in this campus. And if you are, then I am deeply worried about the white supremacist ‘revolutions’ you are waging in governance meetings and spaces of power.