Hate Speech at Liberal Arts College

“The Wall” on a side of a dormitory at Pitzer College

Social justice warriors are at it again at a college in Southern California. Students at Pitzer College, a Liberal Arts College located in Claremont, CA, are apparently upset at white female students wearing hoop earrings. On a mural on the side of a dormitory, there is a wall that allows students to write or draw anything they want on it. They call it “the free wall”. On it, a group of Latina students wrote “White girl, take off your hoops”, referring to hoop earrings.

Algeria Martinez, a Pitzer College Resident Assistant and a member of the college’s “Latinx Student Union”, responded in an email chain sent to the entire student body: “[T]he art was created by myself and a few other WOC [women of color] after being tired and annoyed with the reoccuring [sic] theme of white women appropriating styles … that belong to the black and brown folks who created the culture. The culture actually comes from a historical background of oppression and exclusion. The black and brown bodies who typically wear hooped earrings, (and other accessories like winged eyeliner, gold name plate necklaces, etc) are typically viewed as ghetto, and are not taken seriously by others in their daily lives. Because of this, I see our winged eyeliner, lined lips, and big hoop earrings serving as symbols [and] as an everyday act of resistance, especially here at the Claremont Colleges. Meanwhile we wonder, why should white girls be able to take part in this culture (wearing hoop earrings just being one case of it) and be seen as cute/aesthetic/ethnic. White people have actually exploited the culture and made it into fashion.”

Jacquelyn Aguilera, another student claiming credit for the spray-painted message, responded to the school-wide email thread, “If you didn’t create the culture as a coping mechanism for marginalization, take off those hoops, if your feminism isn’t intersectional take off those hoops, if you try to wear mi cultura when the creators can no longer afford it, take off those hoops, if you are incapable of using a search engine and expect other people to educate you, take off those hoops, if you can’t pronounce my name or spell it … take off those hoops / I use “those” instead of “your” because hoops were never “yours” to begin with.”

Pitzer is a private college, with a annual tuition of $50,430. Room and board can add another $10,000 and that doesn’t include costs such as books and lab fees. Compare that to the average cost of a California public university of $34,000 including room and board per year, and its obvious the students at Pitzer are just more out of touch entitled children.

Pitzer College seems to be nothing more than a factory for “Social Justice Warriors”. It seems to offer no distinguishing degrees and instead requires students to attend classes at other universities to attain many Bachelors or Masters degrees. On their “Educational Objectives” page, they state: “Social Justice, Social Responsibility and the Ethical Implications of Knowledge and Action Through the Social Justice Theory and Social Responsibility Praxis paired course sequence, students will acquire a concern with and commitment to social justice and social responsibility through both theory and practice courses that emphasize these themes.”

You can read Forbes breakdown of the college here.

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