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Hamilton does the "Movement". And the Ferguson grand jury.

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The uninformed reader may learn of the demands & intentions of the so called “Movement” ( the name catchy, edgy & scatological all rolled into one, don’t you think?) in it’s Constitution.
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Lastly, so alumni may benefit from it, we present without comment Ms. Thompson’s all campus email sent on Thanksgiving day:
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From: Nancy Thompson <nthompso[deleted]>
Date: Thu, Nov 27, 2014 at 1:56 PM
Subject: A Message to the Hamilton Community
To: NOTICES-ALL[deleted]

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On Tuesday evening, November 24, we learned of the grand jury’s decision in Ferguson, Missouri not to indict Officer Darren Wilson for the shooting of Michael Brown, Jr. in August. This decision may bring about various reactions from people in our community, including anger, sadness, confusion and fear. These responses may be (and very likely are) compounded by people’s experiences of racism, oppression or privilege that may have occurred on or off College Hill. 

I write today to share my hope that this difficult moment in our nation’s history will motivate us to come together as a community. A community founded on learning and the exchange of ideas is, perhaps, one of the best forums in which to process what occurred in Ferguson. Classrooms, the Days-Massolo Center, the Counseling Center, the Dean of Students Office, and residence halls are places where these conversations aboutFerguson and our current cultural moment can happen. With the grand jury’s decision, we have an opportunity to engage in an important dialogue about race, racism and privilege in the United States. Additionally, I hope that we have the courage to consider how the racial dynamics in Ferguson might be reflected at Hamilton. It is challenging to look squarely at dynamics in our nation and on our campus that may be unjust, unfair and inequitable. It can be painful to bring them up if we’ve been the targets of inequity and shameful to bring them up if we’ve experienced social advantages. I know that we are capable of doing this important work together and am grateful to be a part of the Hamilton community.

It is important to consider the role of social media in these dialogues. A critical aspect of the courage I mentioned earlier is the courage to align ourselves with the ideas we share online. Anonymous posts do not further our efforts to become a more aware, thoughtful and engaged community. On the contrary, they may alienate and silence voices that are integral to these conversations. I hope that you will keep this in mind over the break and in the days following.

Please consider attending the Days-Massolo event, “Ferguson Verdict: What Now? A Community Conversation” on Monday, December 1st at 5:30 pm in the Red Pit.

Wishing you a restful break and looking forward to your return to the Hill,

 

Nancy Thompson

VP and Dean of Students
Hamilton College
Clinton, NY 13323
[phone number deleted]
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