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Notes From the Desk: You can’t go home again

By Jake Gaughan

July 29, 2020

"It’s been endlessly repeated that we will be returning to a Middlebury unlike one we have ever known," writes Jake Gaughan '22. "The home that we left is no longer there; we cannot return to it."

The oppressed can be oppressors too

By GLORIA ESTELA GONZÁLEZ ZENTENO, Gloria Estela González Zenteno

July 14, 2020

Summer of 2020 is a time of national soul searching. After the horrific killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and countless other Black Americans, Black Lives Matter has become a rallying cry for a sizable number of America...

A response to professor Marissel Hernández-Romero’s email

By NATASHA NGAIZA

July 7, 2020

On Sunday evening of June 28, the entire Middlebury College community — faculty, staff, current students, alumni, retirees and more — received an email from Professor Marissel Hernández-Romero. In it, she details her exp...

Anti-racism is not just a trend

By Editorial Board

July 4, 2020

"As the summer carries on, it’s inevitable that the news cycles will change. But this is not a passing moment. It is and should be a turning point. To look away now would be to perpetuate centuries of systemic violence, to further marginalize our nation’s most vulnerable."

Ruminations of a human being: Systemic racism, police brutality and America’s failure to teach empathy

By Martin Williams

July 4, 2020

"[Some White people] will shout, 'ALL LIVES MATTER,' avoid eye contact or keep their mouths shut in tacit support of police brutality," writes Martin Williams '20. "However, they don’t stop to think about the mother, father, son, daughter, friend or mentor killed by the cops’ 'fear' or 'mistake.' They treat the death of the victim as insignificant, although they would be enraged and desire justice too, if a cop murdered their loved one."

In regard to Riddim’s history: Give it back

By Niyafa Boucher

June 23, 2020

"It is an expectation that groups will evolve over time," wrote Niyafa Boucher '22. "However, the evolution of Riddim continues a larger societal trend of White people co-opting and erasing the humanity of people of color."

Employees endorse remote fall for safety

By THE AAUP WORKING CONDITIONS SUBCOMMITTEE

June 19, 2020

We know and appreciate that the administration has worked tirelessly to assess various situations and balance many factors, both known and unknown. However, we believe that bringing back a significant number of students to campus risks a devastating health crisis, and thus there is only one path forward that prioritizes the health of our community as well as the long-term financial status of the college.

Concerned Alumni Support the AAUP

By SARAH KOCH, CARA LEVINE, NIA ROBINSON, NELL SATHER, MEG DALY, EMMA LODGE, TRAVIS SANDERSON, and C GREEN

June 16, 2020

"For many of us, our relationships with faculty and staff remain our strongest continued connections to the College," wrote several alumni. "We trust the College will honor its commitments to Middlebury’s mission, and to the staff and faculty who uphold it."

In Support of Black Lives Matter: Action Steps for the Middlebury Community

By COMMITTEE ON DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION

June 15, 2020

We recognize that the trauma of the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade and too many others is felt deeply by all — and disproportionately by Black students, faculty and staff in our community.

Automatically Suspect: Being Black in America

By Kemi Fuentes-George

June 15, 2020

George Floyd was killed at 46, which is only a few years older than me. With any luck, I’ll keep going for decades more yet. But George Floyd will forever be 46. When I think about it, I can’t breathe.

Concerned Students of Middlebury: Reevaluating Middlebury’s Record with Black Students

By CONCERNED STUDENTS OF MIDDLEBURY

June 15, 2020

We recognize that Middlebury will not be able to immediately fix all of these disparities. Nevertheless, we ask that this outreach be considered as a starting point for reparations. 

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