Dal to stu­dents: It’s not about white fragility or re­verse racism

The Coast - - THE CITY - —Kyle Shaw

Adding to what­ever home­work they re­ceived in classes this week, Mon­day af­ter­noon Dal stu­dents were emailed a 900-word memo about white fragility and the Code of Stu­dent Con­duct.

The email came from the uni­ver­sity’s vice-provost for stu­dent af­fairs, Arig al Shaibah, who just a week ago sent a sim­i­lar note re­spond­ing to the home­com­ing street party. But un­like that one, which dealt with a sit­u­a­tion in­volv­ing hun­dreds of drunken stu­dents be­hav­ing badly, Mon­day’s memo cen­tres on a small hand­ful of stu­dents, in­clud­ing Ma­suma Khan.

Al Shaibah doesn’t ex­plic­itly name Khan, in­stead re­fer­ring to a con­fi­den­tial uni­ver­sity se­nate dis­ci­pline process in­volv­ing the vice-pres­i­dent aca­demic and ex­ter­nal of the Dal­housie Stu­dent Union. Go­ing pub­lic is some­thing al Shaibah does “re­luc­tantly” and af­ter clear­ing it with peo­ple in­volved in the com­plaint, be­cause the process “has gen­er­ated spec­u­la­tion and in­ac­cu­ra­cies that re­quire clar­i­fi­ca­tion.”

Funny how that hap­pens when a racially charged is­sue about the line between free speech and ha­rass­ment be­comes the sub­ject of na­tional news and a let­ter from sup­port­ive fac­ulty. The full text of al Shaibah’s note is at the­coast.ca.

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