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Dartmouth Student Claims Homecoming Honors ‘Legacy of Colonialism’

Dartmouth Student Claims Homecoming Honors ‘Legacy of Colonialism’

“we are celebrating Homecoming on stolen Abenaki land”

Give the left long enough and they can find something wrong with everything.

Campus Reform reports:

Dartmouth student: Homecoming honors ‘legacy of colonialism’

A student leader at Dartmouth College wants her classmates to “support the marginalized” by rejecting a time-honored homecoming tradition.

In an op-ed for The Dartmouth, student Jessica Cantos, a member of the Inter-Community Council, urges her classmates to reject the school’s homecoming bonfire tradition because participating in the festivities “celebrates Dartmouth’s legacy of colonialism” and “actively supports the administration’s violent negligence of the most vulnerable of our peers.”

Cantos begins her article by discussing the feeling of “home” for students, raising the issue of DACA and illegal immigrants’ sense of belonging on campus, but her primary concern pertains to the administration’s response to President Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

She claims that Dartmouth isn’t doing enough for DACA students, although she acknowledges that shortly after Trump announced that the program would expire, Dartmouth College President Phil Hanlon sent a school-wide email labelling DACA’s continuation a “moral imperative and a national necessity.”

According to the school, its “admissions and financial aid policies do not consider domestic applicants’ immigration status,” while illegal immigrant students receive support from several departments on campus.

“For the administration, the encouragement of alumni participation in Homecoming traditions has never been a purely nostalgic act but rather a way to solicit donations,” she asserts, later charging readers to “not forget that we are celebrating Homecoming on stolen Abenaki land, a fact that the College continues to ignore while the administration claims this land as our home.”

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Im in favor of giving the abenaki land back to them as long as any abenakis (are there any left?) who settle there live in the traditional way without any conveniences appropriated from the colonists. Lets start by ejecting any non-abenakis from the Dartmouth campus, tearing down the buildings, and letting the land revert to its natural state. I am not being sarcastic; let’s call it a social experiment and see what happens.

    If you’re going to give back Abenaki land, then you need to give back most of the state of Maine and much of eastern Canada. Yes, there are Abenaki left (I am one) but the US government has refused to recognize the Abenaki tribe for a couple hundred years.

The Grievance Contest grows tiresome.
If you don’t like your school. leave.

Well then. Perhaps said student should change colleges since Dartmouth College was founded specifically to bring education to American Indians. There is no single institution more representative of American “colonialism” than Dartmouth College!

And to this day tribal members attend Dartmouth for free.

    puhiawa in reply to Granny. | October 14, 2017 at 9:57 pm

    So the pitiful jerk tried for a master grievance play. Instead of changing colleges as the Dean should suggest.

Well, since nobody made the land (except perhaps for some landfill) it follows that every land that anyone lives on today was taken from someone at some time in the past.

Or are we to believe Abenaki just found all their lands to be totally unpeopled at some time in the very distant past, whereupon they settled these lands (and no other) and this remained unchanged for millennia, until Europeans arrived to disrupt this Edenic, prelapsarian state?

Or, if one finds such tales improbable, is a never-ending irredentism (for who could ever determine who were the first people to inhabit a land?) something that’s somehow better than accepting stable borders and land titles?

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