As the colder months draw closer at Duke, sweatshirts emerge from hibernation, and students are awash in the bustle of the semester. All the while, something seems absent.
It was incredibly inconsiderate that our video was used, very obviously, as the face of Duke’s racial equity initiative, without any notification of such actions or proper credit where credit was due.
In pandemic times, S/U is a vitally important vessel that can provide students with sorely needed academic flexibility.
To ensure that the administration follows through on their promise of transformative justice, we have to force their hand. And to do that, we have to keep from them what matters the most: our money.
Considering the university’s long, profitable history of entanglement with the tobacco industry, why should we see Duke’s leaders as trustworthy defenders of public health?
For some of us, convincing those closest to us might be harder than donating money and protesting. But if we cannot convince our parents, no one can.
While these small businesses wait and ponder their next steps, we should all consider what flash of hope we might be able to provide to the people who run them.