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I, Too, Am A Saint: RE: Why BSU Does Not Represent Me

RE: Why BSU Does Not Represent Me

When I first read the demands list from BSU, I’ll openly admit that it had me peeved. It had sounded aggressive and also very exclusive. So, when I received the email from the president of BSU asking me to attend the discussion about the demands, I was very hesitant. I had been invited to participate in “discussions” before, whether it is in class or at certain events from various clubs—which aren’t so much discussions as they are people talking at you about how they’re right and you’re wrong. Additionally, due to my poor experiences with the club in the past, I honestly didn’t want anything to do with it. I didn’t know what to expect at the meeting and I don’t think I would have gone if not for the encouragement from a friend. That said, I decided to give it a chance and hear what BSU had to say—and I must say I’m very glad I did.

In the discussion, the reasoning behind all of the points was made clear through a power point presentation. And I found that I did like some of the ideas behind the demands after hearing the logic behind them. Unfortunately, it didn’t translate over in the original demands list well. I believe if this supplementary material were attached with the list of demands, there probably would have been more support for what was wanted.

While I don’t necessarily see eye to eye with particular topics, I did appreciate that this time around the new exec board of BSU was approaching things from an educational and more open viewpoint than what I had seen in the past four years on campus. Unfortunately, because of the stigma surrounding BSU from previous years, many people don’t know this and still have the image in their mind of what it’s been like in the past opposed to what it is like currently—and I must say it is a lot better than before. I definitely see the effort being put into changing what this organization stands for and I’m happy for that. I would have never considered before, but I may even attend BSU meetings in the future because of this.

When I wrote my first OP-ED, it was never my intention to attack or hurt anyone. I wrote from a place of frustration and anger—not solely at BSU, but at special interest organizations in general—specifically, the ones who seek to represent all people, yet only have one prevailing point of view, ignoring any differing opinions. Many times I’ve noticed it’s linked back to one’s identity—how because someone identifies as a person of color, gay, trans, woman etc, that what they say is gospel. And anyone who dare disagree with them is an oppressor, brainwashed, or otherwise a bad person. And to put it simply, it is ridiculous.

I have no issues with these groups fighting for equality, but rather I take issue with how often the human perspective, which we all share is lost within these battles, when we separate white from black, man from woman, straight from gay and so on and so forth. Yes, embrace your differences, as they are important— but just as well, embrace your similarities because your similarities are what bring people together. And when people join together, your causes are stronger. You can have those difficult or uncomfortable conversations. You can increase your understanding of particular situations. You can search for solutions together. But it starts only when you see each other, for whom you really are: human.

When I was in high school, I had very few friends. I felt very alone and misunderstood, and hated going to school for a while. Yet, I wouldn’t have traded the experience for anything in the world because it made me be able to relate to people who felt lonely, who felt misunderstood, who felt like they had no place to go. Because of this, I could connect to different people and understand them a bit more because we had a shared experience. And experience—a human one, translates across cultures, as my friends did not share my race, nor were they from the United States.

It is my hope that one day everyone shall be seen as human beings—not victims, not oppressors, not privileged, not unprivileged—just people. Because when we put these terms upon each other, to me, humanity is lost. Those people’s stories and experiences are lost to power struggles and conflicts. And if those are lost, you may miss the chance to see that you’re really more alike than you think. That maybe you had been making an assumption. That maybe the person sitting next to you isn’t all so bad after all. That maybe that you both wanted to be loved and accepted for who you are.

Brittany Williams ’16

Posted by on December 9, 2015. Filed under Around Campus,I Too Am A Saint. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

One Response to I, Too, Am A Saint: RE: Why BSU Does Not Represent Me

  1. Sarah Eats Ribs (@saraherib)

    December 9, 2015 at 9:33 am

    Appreciate this growth. Kudos to the Hub and to the writer for sharing this update.