In a recent op-ed column Derrick Z. Jackson called out Dartmouth College after another instance of racial insensitivity occurred on its campus. As with any form of isolation, the “cloistered” environments that insulate our most privileged communities can become breeding grounds for fantasy and delusion. How else could white fraternity students think that sponsoring a “Blood and Crips” party was ever a good idea?
Our role as educators is to penetrate provincialism and ignorance wherever found. That Dartmouth, one of our nation’s premier academic institutions, could not perform so basic a function is disheartening.