State of Sewanee: Speaking up to make Sewanee better

By Brandon Iracks-Edelin

Contributing Writer

We have the POSSE retreat coming up and it is a great place to voice opinions and learn about different perspectives on issues that we face in Sewanee. I understand that discussions like this are very uncomfortable and people don’t want to talk or be apart of it. For those uncomfortable discussing such matters, consider the discomfort of those who are discriminated upon based on race, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and religion. That is just to name a few, but we know it happens. It is important not to stay silent when injustices like this are going on.

To quote Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “[h]istory will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.”

This quote is important because some people may have a friend who discriminate against other people here, but understand that your silence can potentially do more harm than good. Good can be better, but the best is still yet to come. Let’s make sure that we can make Sewanee better for everyone who is here.

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