Printed by permission from Hampton Roads Magazine | By Tom Robotham
When I was in graduate school, I wrote a paper about the role of white “liberals” in the Civil Rights movement. The gist of my argument was that in some respects they were a greater hindrance to the advancement of liberty than dyedin-the-wool bigots were. To illustrate my point, I told a story of a meeting between Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and several African-American leaders, including James Baldwin. At one point, Kennedy told the group that he was sympathetic to their cause but that they needed to be “patient.”
“We’ve been patient for 400 years,” Baldwin said.
From a highly publicized suicide to quieter fear and state-sanctioned prejudice, the climate for LGBT people on campuses across the nation remains cloudy and unstable.
By Elizabeth P. Cramer and Charles H. Ford | Academe: Magazine of the AAUP
The environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students, staff, and faculty on college campuses has certainly improved over the last generation, but recent dramatic episodes confirm the continuing need for vigilance and reform. Students remain the constituency most vulnerable to the effects of entrenched bigotry: the harassment of first-year Rutgers University student Tyler Clementi last fall and his subsequent suicide highlighted this danger for a national audience. Here, the cyberbullying took on an especially vicious and homophobic edge, even on a relatively open and cosmopolitan campus close to America’s largest city.
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