Demonstrations should focus on hate, not voices of dissent

I support minority students’ efforts to initiate the presence on campus of a unity against hate. I believe a message against hate in any form is a net positive for our academic community.

I do, however, have a caveat for all to consider. That is, if the “color scheme” of the protest is reversed, with “majority” students being encouraged to wear black to decry the evils of hate, will the same people who now defend the current demonstrations remain so supportive?

Support should not be contingent on what group is doing the demonstrating, but rather the ideology being supported. Whichever group is “outside looking in” should applaud the fact that hate itself is the focus, not the voice against it. If your support changed with the above scenario, then at least recognize that you aren’t supporting the ideology, but the opportunity to affiliate at the exclusion of others.

Jacob Borden
First-year chemical engineering graduate student

Escort Service owes everyone a ride, not just sober students

I am certainly relieved that Sara Nelson is a former Escort Service student coordinator, as she seems to lack any knowledge as to why the service exists in the first place. The notion of a “legitimate” need for the Escort Service is absurd — everyone deserves a safe ride. I don’t care if you’re as sober as a judge or just swigged a fifth of vodka with a Vicodin on the side, you still have the right to proceed to your location without being beaten, raped or robbed.

I don’t care about these things. Neither should the Escort Service. They only need be concerned that you are picked up at point A in a timely fashion and delivered safely to point B. There can be no justification for refusing one student over another based on their motives for travel, destination or sobriety.

Nelson, your tasteless insinuation that the newly hired security workers somehow add an element of danger to the Escort Service is a flagrant low blow. Please stick to ignorantly deriding things you know something about. There are multiple experienced security workers in each vehicle and in no way are they any less trustworthy or more threatening than student workers.

Although I agree that large groups who can travel together safely on foot should do so, there can be no basis for discrimination when it comes to the well being and safety of students.

Greg Miday
Weinberg senior

Name calling fails to resolve important issues on campus

Martin Zacharia’s Nov. 5 letter intimated a connection between the recent affirmative action bake sale, people who oppose racial preferences, and graffiti of swastikas and words like “nigger.”

It’s an old attempt to silence debate by using nasty epithets like racist to shut up one’s opponents. It works like this: Glibly throw around attacks and you get to ignore your opponents’ arguments. By the way, since when is debating affirmative action off limits?

What would Zacharia say to the College Republicans’ minority members who also oppose affirmative action and believe in the primacy of merit. Are they too responsible for the graffiti?

Nor can anyone honestly claim the recent bake sale was racist. Minorities were charged less for baked goods than nonminorities on the basis that minorities have not had the same opportunities to amass wealth and should thus be given special aid. This is perfectly analogous to racial preferences justified on the grounds that minorities need lower admissions standards. The fact that the sale appears like a reduction to the absurd reflects not on the bigotry of those running it, but on racial preferences as such.