Dickinson College in PA might be taking a little bit of heat after their college newspaper, the Dickinsonian, posted what people may refer to as a racist article against white males. Her name is Leda Fisher and she posted the article in the opinions section of the school publication, and they certainly are making the rounds on social media. Let's take a look at what it says. Her parts are in quotations.
When you ask a question at a lecture, is it secretly just your opinion ending with the phrase “do you agree?” If so, your name is something like Jake, or Chad, or Alex, and you were taught that your voice is the most important in every room. Somewhere along your academic journey, you decided your search for intellectual validation was more important than the actual exchange of information. Now how do you expect to actually learn anything?
We learn things because teachers present us with facts and information and we process and retain the information. That's kind of how learning goes and it doesn't matter whose name is what. This is a really stupid way to start a really stupid opinion.
American society tells men, but especially white men, that their opinions have merit and that their voice is valuable, but after four years of listening to white boys in college, I am not so convinced. In my time at Dickinson I have listened to probably hundreds of white boys talk. It feels incessant. From classes and lectures, to the news and politics, there is an endless line of white boys waiting to share their opinions on the state of feminism in America, whether the LGBTQ+ population finally has enough rights, the merits of capitalism, etc. The list of what white boys think they are qualified to talk about is endless. Something very few of them seem to understand is that their (ill-informed, uncritical) opinions do not constitute truth. In fact, most often their opinions aren’t even original. White boys spout the narrative of dominant ideologies and pretend they’re hot takes instead of the same misleading garbage shoved down our throats by American institutions from birth.
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Incorrect. Society tells us that all of our voices are valuable and warrant merit, however when we post things for others to read, such as on social media or in opinions sections of college newspapers and people don't agree with it - they point it out. Your voice doesn't have anything to do with your color, but more so what you're saying. If you attend a college that has white students, then you're going to get white student opinions on a variety of topics, including feminism, capitalism, and everything else.
White people are qualified to talk about whatever they want, just like anyone else. Men can talk about feminism because we're often under the attack of rabid social justice warrior feminists for the way we sit or how we do things. More importantly, everyone can talk about anything they want. Whether they know what they're talking about, that's different, but in America - you're free to discuss anything you like and it doesn't matter if some angry bitter woman named Leda Fisher agrees with it.
I am so g****mned tired of listening to white boys. I cannot describe to you how frustrating it is to be forced to listen to a white boy explain his take on the Black experience in the Obama-era. Hey Brian, I’m an actual Black woman alive right now with a brain. In what world would your understanding of my life carry more weight than my understanding? Unfortunately, it is this world, where white men debate the pain of other people for fun and then take away their rights. The second thing most white boys seem not to understand is that they do not exist separate from the rest of the world. You do not speak alone, you speak with the weight of every other white man who has spoken over a woman, erased the contributions of queer people from history, or denigrated “broken English” as unintelligent. You speak with the weight of policies and laws meant to forever define intelligence by how it measures up to the bros of America.
She's just ranting incoherently at this point. She's mad that her classmates talked about their experience while Obama was president. Don't forget folks, white people everywhere voted for Obama and joined in making history. White people are not black, obviously, but they are allowed to discuss their experience from having Obama in the White House for eight years. Everyone in America experienced something different while Obama was president and we're all allowed to talk about it, bro.
So, should white boys still be allowed to share their “opinions”? Should we be forced to listen? In honor of Black History Month, I’m gonna go with a hell no. Go find someone whose perspective has been buried or ignored and listen to them, raise up their voice. To all the Chrises, Ryans, Olivers, and Seans out there, I encourage you to critically examine where your viewpoints come from, read a text that challenges you without looking for reasons to dismiss it, and maybe try listening from now on.
She's referring to "white boys" who are actually men over 18 and in college. They're not exactly boys anymore. Sure, we may be immature at that age (and possibly forever), but using the word boys suggests that she's talking about 8-year-olds, not her fellow adult classmates.
Should white people be allowed to share opinions? Of course! Everyone should. That's what's great about living in America. We all have opinions, but some of them stink.
Leda continuously mentioned white sounding names in her opinion, such as "Chrises, Ryans, Olivers, and Seans" but maybe I should point out the Laquishas, Diamonds, Lexuses, and La-as (ladashas) of the world. Or would that be immature to compare incorrectly spelled names of the African culture to boring white people names? Every culture has a different way to name their kids. Some people pick "Sean" and some people name their kids after cars so they have stripper names. Yeah, that's immature and I'm not sure why Leda kept doing it, but it certainly makes her opinion sound like it's coming from a bitter little girl and not much of a woman.
Then again, I saw her picture and she's more of a woman than I expected.
Pardon me, I have some mansplaining to do.
I am a guy, so that's all I'm good for anyway, right?