“my white peers at this university continued to disappoint me with their performative activism and how they followed in the footsteps of their violent white supremacist ancestors”
Progressive college students sure seem comfortable openly flouting their racial prejudices, don’t they?
The College Fix reports:
White students on spring break is ‘colonial violence,’ campus journalist says
A self-described activist journalist believes white students going on spring break perpetuates “colonial violence.”
Andre Lawes Menchavez, a “Filipinx, Indigenous, and queer activist who’s […] constantly seeking to lift up marginalized communities through his work,” wrote earlier this month in the University of Washington’s The Daily that colleges’ spring breaks remind him that he “can’t trust white people.”
“Spring break came, and in typical fashion, my white peers at this university continued to disappoint me with their performative activism and how they followed in the footsteps of their violent white supremacist ancestors,” Menchavez wrote. “[T]hey travelled to Hawaii and Mexico, endangering the lives of local communities for the sake of their own aesthetic pleasure.”
Worse still, the pallid-hued vacationers posted about their “colonial pursuits” on social media.
The activist journalist (at left) claims local Hawaiians referred to tourism during the COVID pandemic as a “form of terrorism.” Never mind that spring breaks happened recently, whereas Menchavez links to a New York Times story from November to bolster his claim.
Also try to make sense of this: He complains about “the whites” in Greek organizations who threw “super-spreader parties” … while “protests for Black lives amid the death of George Floyd” took place just down the street.
From the op-ed:
“Although vaccines are rolling out all over America, I don’t think it is time to be exploring other places,” Bailey Concepcion, a second-year public health major from Guam who serves as the cultural chair of the UW’s Micronesian Islands Club, said in an email. “Thinking about a place like Hawaii, I know that even before the pandemic, tourists would disrespect the island in many ways. To me, by saying you are in support of minority communities, it does not make sense that you would neglect the locals’ wishes.”
I simply can no longer trust that the white folks around me are truly the anti-racist allies they say they are for this reason. …
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