“I want to recognize the black people that have been pushed out of Amherst.”
Hampshire College is currently fighting for its life but that hasn’t caused them to rethink their left wing politics.
Mass Live reports:
Hampshire College commencement speaker rails against ‘white-supremacist capitalism’
Ericka Hart – a social justice practitioner, sexuality educator, descendant of slaves and cancer survivor – delivered Saturday’s keynote commencement address at Hampshire College.
Hart recounted her own experience after graduating college, describing myriad instances of discrimination, sexism and racism – and one of her first jobs working on a luxury liner, when her boss said she must salute the ship’s captain whenever she encounters him on the boat.
She refused, and thus extended a journey already begun in search of individual, and social, and economic, justice – imploring the graduates to say what needs to be said, to whoever, in the moment.
“What the hell am I going to do next,” Hart said, recalling the stress she felt right after graduation – formulating that discomfort as “a capitalist induced anxiety.”
Hart began her speech saying: “I want to recognize the black people that have been pushed out of Amherst.”
She referred to New York City – where she works as a sex educator for Kindergarten through 5th grade students – as “the most segregated school system.”
Hart told the graduating class that “white-supremacist capitalism expects you to pull yourself up by the bootstraps” and that “educational institutions” will do many things “to claim credit for your success.”
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