"History does not repeat itself. The historians repeat one another."
That was an excellent letter, Elaine. Exactly what we need to hear in our everyday lives is a call to challenge to the status quo, which often means revealing to most Northwestern students that their whole lives have been built around unearned privilege. That maybe you got to where you are today because of the racist, classist, sexist, heterosexist, ablist, agist arrangement that we live in. What do you do with that knowledge? Either nothing and perpetuate the systemic oppression of our society or do your part to change it. And it's much easier for the average NU student to cover their eyes and ears and go on living their cushy lives than to take on the collective wounds of our society. I hope that Obama delivers a speech that makes NU students uneasy because change never comes from a place of comfort.
All very true. And I get frustrated when people call what is challenging "political" so as to dismiss its relevance at a graduation ceremony. So many NU students take their success for granted...
I agree with Steph-- awesome article, Elaine! I've been reading your blog for a while and really like it, but never commented before. I'm going to try to attend commencement to hear Obama speak, and I would be thrilled if he offered a dose of social consciousness in his remarks. What kind of feedback have you gotten on the article?
Hey Julie, thanks (I'm guessing this is Julie from college :-) I've gotten really positive feedback from the article actually. I even got an e-mail from a random NU student who liked it. There was one letter to the editor responding to what I wrote which was more concerning the McCain speech. You can check it out here: http://www.dailynorthwestern.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2006/04/19/4445d0d7c69f5?in_archive=1Anyway, thanks for reading, and hope grad school is going well!
whoops, here's the link
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