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Following the incident that occurred when two Kenyon students walked around the campus at night wearing white sheets, it seemed like the only thing that matched the outcry of a relative minority of students was the silence of the majority of students who thought that this was not an issue, thought it was blown out of proportion, or were simply confused by the whole nature of the event and opted to ignore it. I have heard several arguments including “they are nice guys”, “it’s just stupid kids being stupid”, “they didn’t mean anything by it”, “they weren’t even wearing pointy hats, clearly not KKK”, and “people have a right to be in the KKK” in order to support the positions of the majority. As convincing and well-informed as these arguments are, they are missing the point entirely.