A recent Dartmouth alum provides this summary of events on campus yesterday based on reports from one of her closest friends still on campus:
My friend is texting me about a Black Lives Matter protest that happened at Dartmouth last night. Apparently it started as a standard march and chant across campus and devolved into black students screaming at individuals in the library and calling them out by name for not protesting. It’s finals period so the library is packed with people trying to study, and some of the protesters screamed at people they knew who were doing work and demanded to know why they weren’t protesting. One kid sang a song in the library (when the protest was still “peaceful”) and people clapped when he was done. Then a girl in the protest said “F*** you, white people. You can clap for us but you aren’t f***ing standing up here with us. F*** you.”
Other protesters said that anyone not protesting is a racist and called one girl “rich white human filth.” Some people who were trying to study ran out of the library crying after protesters swarmed their tables and screamed in their faces. One kid joined the protest just because he was scared. They screamed at two girls on [one of the college teams] (both of whom I know and love) for being in the library–meanwhile BOTH girls had participated in the protest earlier and left to study. Another protester said “you are all murdering us in the streets f*** all of you f*** your white privilege and comfort.”
Can you even believe this?
And then we have this slightly more sanitized version from the Dartmouth’s account:
The demonstrators then went from First-Floor Berry up through Fourth-Floor Berry [library], then to Novack and Collis. Some students who were at the library at the time said they felt uncomfortable with the disruption caused by the protest. Some of the demonstrators called out specific students who were studying for not standing up and joining the protest or not wearing black. One student said at one point he was concerned over the possibility of violence, while another said that he called Safety and Security because he was annoyed by the disruption. Diakanwa said that while he saw “a lot of passion and emotions from both sides,” he did not think the situation would ever escalate to violence. If it did, he said, the appropriate authorities would have been contacted to maintain and control the situation. A member of the Class of 2017 who requested anonymity for fear of being targeted said that he did not want to be near the protest, but walked through the crowd of demonstrators when they were on First-Floor Berry in order to check out books. He said that after bumping into a demonstrator, she called him a “racist, privileged a–hole,” and as he was leaving another student told him to “go to hell” because he was not wearing black. Sam Kater ’17 was in Novack at the time of the protest. Kater said that he saw the demonstrating students come down the stairs and enter the study space, chanting “If we can’t study, you can’t study.”
This particular Black Lives Matter crowd has done us a service officially adopting the black shirt and accompanying black duds as its official uniform. Morons.