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