I walked to Peirce from my 9:10 class this morning expecting nothing but casual conversation and a few pieces of cinnamon toast. However, upon arriving, I was confronted with several boldface questions written out in chalk on the sidewalk. “WHO CONTROLS ‘OPEN DIALOGUE?'” one read. Another questioned my sense of fulfillment here at Kenyon, and yet another asked if my socioeconomic status affected the way I thought about food. My mind instantly filled with shame over my white skin and comfortable home life — did I really take enough time to appreciate the struggles some of my classmates face on a daily basis? Did I fully grasp our diversity as a student body?
The posters in Lower Rosse and McBride only added more volume to the bank of questions spinning around in my head.
Hung up around campus, these plainly written questions range from tame to controversial, and are inspiring myriad reactions from the student body. Some mirror my own sentiments, while others combat the movement entirely. A few bold souls have begun adding their own comments underneath the posters’ slogans:
Whatever you think of these posters, it’s obvious they’re attempting to send a message about “privileged” culture at Kenyon. I’m sure the Center for Global Engagement’s Dinner and Discussion tomorrow at 5:30 will provide more insight into the questions posed above. Check your Kenyon email for details.