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Op-Ed: An Open Letter to the Emmanuel Community

To Whom It May Concern,

My eyes bleed with pain more viscous than ever. Less than a few hours ago, Eric Garner vs NYPD indictment case was dismissed by the NY grand jury in regards to yet another innocent African American man being unrightfully murdered. The video evidence was caught on camera and posted across social media for the entire world to view. My anger and frustration has lingered for many months now and has reached well beyond any representative term in the english language for multiple reasons. The first being that this is absolutely preposterous. An innocent black male was killed yet again for reasons, if any, that are not proportional to death. Being not only an African-American male at Emmanuel College but also an influential leader on campus, I have never felt threatened of my well being on a daily basis like I now do. I no longer feel safe. This absurd ideology of racism has been displayed throughout the country and normalized by the judicial system. Classrooms perpetuate its acceptance by concealing and withhold the discussion of the issue. The credibility amongst not only this college but the world as a whole is dwindling. In every science class, global warming is surfaced. Immigration reform is tabled in politics as well as current religious standings have been articulated in religious courses. Is there some exception to the ignoring of the current racial tension that is developing world wide? Does this topic not fit the standards within the curriculum? Is it uncomfortable just talking about racial inequality? Imagine living and operating throughout it everyday. Imagine the lifestyle. I am here to receive what I hope is a prestigious education and an event as current and of this magnitude cannot be shunned in the process. As one that has done extensive research in congruence of pursuing one of the hardest majors at Emmanuel College, I can rightfully say that this absurdity should be talked about amongst the college body and action should be taken. The facts are evident, as most explain, but many are confused on what they define. All trials or cases should be accounted for in order to represent a population, just as in scientific experimentation. Facts are relatively meaningless under microscopic conditions but become validated in macroscopic analysis.

Secondly, the insensitivity endorses the current inequality because this matter has resonated through not only African American students but all students. I am preparing for my chemistry finals with a burden of life threatening insecurity accompanied by a shattered heart. My colleagues have come to me frequently in tears about the matter in which my studies are momentarily postponed. An ignorant student of no global awareness may not experience these same tribulations.  Do you expect this same unworldly person to go out and create for the whole? It is insensitive in assumption that students can willingly switch in and out of world consciousness as they please. Also, an increase in spontaneous micro aggressions has frequently occurred more than ever. Last week, I was accused, picked out, and embarrassed during dinner rush hour by the atrium manager, who for sensitivity purposes, was white, of stealing chicken fingers that I did not yet receive. My inquiry resonates just as yours does. I was disgusted and spoke with the manager and received the proper apology in which her assumptions and accusations were inconsistent. This scenario is one of many shared amongst the black community at Emmanuel College yet ignored by the rest of the college body.

As a student coming to Boston, my intentions were to receive the best inclusive education possible. Due to the lack of cohesion, I do not feel I am receiving what I sought and will not stand amongst false advertisement. As a leader, I will obtain what is worthy and just and will not stand for anything less. I have represented Emmanuel College for 4 years in many different environments with the highest of expectations and have done nothing but positively advocate for the college.

I consider myself a student but more importantly, a friend of everyone reading this letter. As all of my colleagues know on campus, I would do anything for them to feel comfortable and be productive within their environment. I am now requesting a similar notion from all of you. Put yourself in my shoes as I have done so for many of my cancerous, diabetic, gay, straight, black, white, male, female, short and tall colleagues in adverse times. An African American that has been defined repeatedly through character assassination from the public. One that is afraid of the unjust, just as any other American, yet, also fears those that are here to “serve and protect”. One that has fought vigorously for his voice while attempting to juggle and uphold societal expectations and pursue his own dreams. Immense pain flows through intellectual minds that truly understand ethics. This short circuit is caused by the irrational but motivated by knowledge. So I request from Emmanuel College to address the matters with serious intentions of progress. A talk behind close doors will not be sufficient alleviation. This is oppression. Nothing separates my self from any of the 6+ African Americans that were unjustly executed by police in the last 2 months and the many that are killed annually. I would hope you would consider a friend’s request to join the fight for his and many other’s lives.

Thank you for taking the time to read this and hope you consider joining the battle as Emmanuel College has battled alongside many other issues. I would gladly try to schedule a time within my busy finals schedule to meet with anyone and speak on the matters. Please keep in mind that this is a generalization. I am not discrediting those that have been of extreme understanding and aid, I am rather calling for a larger motion and more assistance as this painful experience requires the affection and passion of the majority. Please feel free to pass my words along.

Sincerely,

Ashanti Jackson
Chemistry Major
Class of 2011
SAAC President

Posted by on December 8, 2014. Filed under Around Campus,Opinions & Editorials. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.