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Competition over ideological purity distracts from substantive activism

(10/24/18 5:58am)

In last week’s Thresher issue, Chloe Wilson did an excellent job exhorting Rice students to demonstrate their progressive values not just through Tweets, but through participation in activities that are more likely to bring about real social change. I do not wish to repeat her critique of Rice students’ relative political inaction. Rather, I would like to situate the problems that she describes within some disconcerting trends in the culture of social justice activism. For too many of us, our advocacy as allies of social justice has strayed from the goal of supporting marginalized groups and has become focused on distancing ourselves personally from the oppression that afflicts them. 

SA should endorse bipartisan Bridge Act

(02/24/17 3:25am)

Over the past three months our campus has engaged in critical conversations regarding how we as students or educators should respond to a political climate that increasingly threatens our ideals of diverse and inclusive scholarship. Administration and faculty have led many of these conversations, but now the student body has an opportunity to speak on a matter that profoundly impacts its peers with a Student Association Senate resolution to endorse the BRIDGE Act, a congressional bill that could provide deportation relief to undocumented students. If we want to advance both the mission of this university and the place of student leadership within it, we must urge our representatives to vote “yes” on Resolution 4.