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Should White Boys Be Heard? Dickenson Student Says No


February 19, 2019 4:28 PM
by Susan Dutca
A Dickinson College senior did not foresee her essay in the student paper titled Should White Boys Still Be Allowed to Talk? going viral online or appearing on national organizations' websites. In her guest editorial, Leda Fisher argues that white, male students are taking over discussions of feminism, LGBTQ and race that she feels are better voiced by women and minority students.

A Dickinson College senior did not foresee her essay in the student paper titled "Should White Boys Still Be Allowed to Talk?" going viral online or appearing on national organizations' websites. In her guest editorial, Leda Fisher argues that white, male students are taking over discussions of feminism, LGBTQ and race that she "feels are better voiced by women and minority students."

The essay begins with the question: "When you ask a question at a lecture, is it secretly just your opinion ending with the phrase 'do you agree?'" If you answered yes, your name must be "something like Jake, or Chad, or Alex, and you were taught that your voice is the most important in every room."” According to Fisher, there is an "endless line of white boys waiting to share their opinions on the state of feminism in America, whether the LGBTQ+ population finally has enough rights, the merits of capitalism, etc." without proper personal knowledge or experience.

The piece closes with: "so, should white boys still be allowed to share their 'opinions'? Should we be forced to listen? In honor of Black History Month, I'm gonna go with a hell no. Go find someone whose perspective has been buried or ignored and listen to them, raise up their voice. To all the Chrises, Ryans, Olivers and Seans out there, I encourage you to critically examine where your viewpoints come from, read a text that challenges you without looking for reasons to dismiss it and maybe try listening from now on."

Many news outlets criticized the piece and hundreds signed a petition calling for the college to expel her and accused her of having “spewed censorship, bigotry, racism and hatred."

Hundreds of comments to The Dickinsonian claimed Fisher was "trying to silence white men from speaking in class, and that view was racist." Others said her use of "stereotypical white names was demeaning." Some Dickinson students, on the other hand, have followed Fisher's piece with essays of their own, "defending her and saying that she was never truly trying to prevent white male students from talking in class, only to use satire and rhetoric to get them to think." Do you agree with Leda Fisher's essay? Why or why not?

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Anonymous White Gay Male  on  2/21/2019 10:48:16 PM commented:

Since it was brought up about white men having a stance on anything LGBTQIA related, I feel I need to reply to this. First off how dare, whoever this Fisher person is, spout off these racist ideals against white males. I do not remember a time when I was not part of the homosexual community, or when being a white male separated me from its issues. Secondly, if everyone's opinion is important to be heard when it comes to speaking on something that in any remote way affects your society, you have no right to decide who is deserving of having an opinion. To suggest a group shouldn't have a voice, is LITERALLY unconstitutional. Thirdly, I guarantee there are white males who have supported the same ideals that are held by the author on the political issues that are being questioned on whether or not my race and gender have a right to reply on, so I ask this, are you really going to decide because of their race and gender, my race and gender, that they too should have no voice to speak out? If you want white males silenced, then fair is fair. You should lose every white male on your side of any argument you've ever been on. This person may say that they are not trying to silence white males, but if you believe even in a corner of your mind, and have the audacity to write the comment that "hell no" to whether or not "white boys" should share their opinions, you have already proven yourself to be a sexist and a bigot. If, for an example, I asked if black women (maybe even a single black woman) should be allowed to voice their opinion on gun control, I would likely be expelled in a heartbeat for racist communication that my college institution does not agree with. But here is the thing, I do not go through life constantly thinking "I'm a white man, and I am better," I have gone through life knowing that I am a person, and that everyone around me is a person, to think of race and gender, and to call attention to it at any and every given moment, that is racism and sexism. The

Tre`  on  2/21/2019 8:31:47 PM commented:

Sure, her delivery was a bit rough, but it was needed to be said. Too often, people who have nothing to do with issues (i.e white men) have the strongest opinions about them.

Aidan P.  on  2/21/2019 3:20:59 PM commented:

I do not think that she should be expelled. I disagree with that kind of witch hunting to ruin peoples lives for a single event. However, I do think that she needs a reality check, because what she says in her essay is, regardless of satire, racist and sexist.

William L  on  2/21/2019 11:49:57 AM commented:

@Phillip C Wow, another sheep that has convinced himself that he's lesser than others solely because he's white. I've been to those classes in college: Almost none of the information they teach is scientific or even reasonable/accurate. It does, however, actively push a toxic and racist liberal agenda. You're a college student. Be smarter than this, Phillip.

Kyle P  on  2/21/2019 7:06:07 AM commented:

This is completely ridiculous seeing how everyone has the right to speak and voice an opinion why would this show up in my email it’s completely targeting me! If I were to write an essay on “Should Black Women have a voice” I’d be lashed out for being racist

Anon M  on  2/20/2019 10:49:47 PM commented:

The very idea that a specific group of people should be silenced is obsurd. It doesn't matter which group it is, be it Flat Earthers, Anti-Vaxxers, Blacks, Women, LGBTs, or White Males. It's similar to banning all single-gender clubs except for the all-women ones. "Those who deny others freedom deserve it not for themselves."

Devin H.  on  2/20/2019 8:28:16 PM commented:

"Leda Fisher argues that white, male students are taking over discussions of feminism, LGBTQ and race.." Well gee willikers, it's like white boys make up the bulk of the population so of course they are going to be the most heard. "... she "feels are better voiced by women and minority students." You're kidding me right? White men are also affected by LGBT activists, feminists, and race debates. This is the problem here, there is no critical thinking. You are dramatically changing the culture these people live in so of course they are going to spout their opinion. Not only that, but it's good to hear from them because restricting women to speak on feminism is like restricting Conservatives on gun control or Liberals on taxes. They are going to be incredibly bias and only talk about the topic from their point of view. This is the reason why people are becoming more divided and segregated. Feelings valued more than critical unbias thought. This is what is going to kill the US.

mark c  on  2/20/2019 8:12:09 PM commented:

Many minorities (like Leda) have become the biggest hypocrites I've seen in my lifetime. The same poeple who fought to create an environment where poeple are respectful, tolerant, and equal without regard to race or sex, now feel it is ok to single out all white men as a group. She is a "Big time" hypocrite. Tolerance means tolerating folks that are different. #hyp·o·crite

Chase H.  on  2/20/2019 6:33:29 PM commented:

I understand where she is coming from. She is trying to make a statement that if you are not apart of a minority group, you shouldn’t be making decisions for their rights and such. That being said, I think the white boys thing is not the correct choice of words. Furthermore, she should have considered the point that those with privileges (such as white boys) have the ability to amlify the voices of the oppressed and the minority, and use their privilege to incite change.

George T.  on  2/20/2019 1:42:47 AM commented:

This is a website for learning and opening our minds as students. Why would something as racist and detrimental to critical thinking be posted here? Everyone has the right to their opinion.

Amy S.  on  2/20/2019 1:24:58 AM commented:

So we’re completely disregarding a whole group of people’s opinions because of their race and gender??? Isn’t that discrimination? If we don’t allow other viewpoints into a discussion, even ones we don’t agree with, we aren’t thinking critically anymore, and everything everyone says has to be in line with what everyone else is thinking and be politically correct. That isn’t learning, that’s us as a society regressing. How can a white body change what he comes from? He cannot change that anymore than a black person can. He who is white should not have to live with the burden of what others have done before him, just because he is a white male. Should all males be punished for men raping women even if they don’t take part in it? Should black people be silenced because in Africa they sell their own into slavery to this day? No, because African Americans aren’t associated with them. And a white boy shouldnt be associated with his ancestry. We are not our ancestors. We are ourselves.

Anthony T  on  2/19/2019 10:04:08 PM commented:

Clearly, this young woman wants to censor the oposition point of view. Shut your mouth, sit there and listen to us!

Anonymous A.  on  2/19/2019 7:55:50 PM commented:

What’s to discuss?? that’s Malcolm x kind of hate for you. Expel her

Melody M.  on  2/19/2019 7:46:20 PM commented:

Is this seriously what society has come to? I find it very comical that the author of this essay jumps to conclusions that every white boy in America has been taught to devalue other people's opinions. Here, she is doing the exact same thing with a certain group of people. So, my question is: what's her point? She uses little to no evidence that white boys show this type of character today. Am I saying that not one white boy has done the things she says? Absolutely not. I'm female and Hispanic, and I've had my fair share of people undermining me. But guess what? They're not only white males. If this article were to be titled "Should Black Girls Still Be Allowed to Talk?", it would be protested-- and rightfully so. Why should this be treated any differently?

Phil K  on  2/19/2019 7:11:28 PM commented:

What a utterly racist question!! Should black students be heard? Should we let woman speak? Should Chinese girls be allowed to talk about whites? For some reason its ok to be a racist, if your prejudice against whites.. You would never title this article the way you did if it was not about whites, because you would be afraid of being called a racist.

John A  on  2/19/2019 5:32:32 PM commented:

Should minorities be heard? Using that logic we should ban all minorities from talking since they are taking over discussions on everyday issues, let’s just ban them.

Philip C.  on  2/19/2019 5:10:41 PM commented:

I agree with her. My sociology class, often times talking about class, race, and gender, is dominated in discussion mostly by white men (including myself). It would be more conducive to learning, in particular on these topics, if we *listened* to others more than we talk. This is not to say that "censorship" is necessary, but that white males should be more thoughtful about what they are speaking about, and when. They do not have the same experience with race as people of color do, and not the same experience of gender as women (let alone women of color, or those beyond the gender binary).

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