The Oberlin Review

Beyond Solidarity: Linking Campus Movements, Not Moments

Megs Gisela Bautista, College fifth-year and Student Senate Liaison

November 13, 2015

To the Editors: To the Black students here at Oberlin College, as well as at the University of Missouri, Yale University, Claremont McKenna College, Howard University, Ithaca College and college campuses around the country, let me be clear: This is not simply an expression of solidarity. After hearing one hair-raising story after another accounting the casual, interpersonal, implicit, deliberate and institutional erasure and dehumanization of Black culture, Black power and Black lives, we are here to say: We are with you; you have nothing to lose but your chains. I cannot begin to speak for the experiences of Black students confronting anti-Blackness on college campuses; that would facilitate the erasure of the nu...

Boynton, Mizzou Scandals Reveal Growing Dispute over Journalistic Ethics

Editorial Board

November 13, 2015

Journalistic ethics have been under close examination this past week. It seems like everyone has something to say about activists at the University of Missouri calling for privacy in the face of national media coverage as racial tensions forced the resignation of the University’s president and chancellor of the Columbia campus. In Oberlin, the scandal surrounding Angela Boynton and conservative media organization Project Veritas has prompted similar conversations about press freedom and ethical boundaries. In a video released by Project Veritas on Nov. 3, undercover reporter “Angela Boynton” poses as an Oberlin student triggered by the U.S. Constitution and secretly films Professors Carol Lasser and Wendy Kozo...

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