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Bennett Carpenter


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OPINION  |  COLUMNS

Looking backward, moving forward

I began writing my column this semester as, simultaneously, a gesture of defiance, an act of solidarity and an exercise in futility. "Defiance" because I have often experienced the pages of The Chronicle and the culture of this campus as inhospitable to—if not actively hostile towards—the voices of marginalized communities.


OPINION  |  COLUMNS

Free speech, Black lives and white fragility

As I write my first column, I am thinking a lot about speech. I am thinking about how an urgent and overdue conversation about racism—on our campus and across our country—has been derailed by a diversionary and duplicitous obsession with the First Amendment. I am thinking about how quickly the conversation has shifted from white supremacy to white fragility—and how this shift is itself an expression of white supremacy.

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