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Longhi on Tengatenga in Huff Post
Andrew Longhi ‘14 thoroughly summarized l’affaire Tengatenga in a detailed piece in the Huffington Post yesterday. He also added some information that had not previosuly been in the press:
However, homophobia at Dartmouth is a nontrivial issue. Dartmouth Professor Michael Bronski, who has taught LGBT studies for over a decade at the school and served as a counsel for students struggling with this pervasive issue, estimated that 60 percent of his gay male students over the last five years have been called “fag” in public or physically abused in fraternity basements at some point. During this time he has known five LGBT students who have committed suicide as undergraduates or soon after graduation. This situation demands nothing less than unequivocal leadership from this [Tucker Foundation] office…
And in his conclusion he pulled no punches:
Tengatenga’s appointment is deeply disrespectful to the Dartmouth LGBT community and its allies, who need leaders whom they can trust and learn from. I have no doubt that a man with Tengatenga’s experiences would have a lot to share, but absolutely not in this capacity.
Smart people, when presented with a morally dubious situation, will often find a way to rationalize and accept a situation that amounts to less than social equality. This is a clear instance in which legitimizing the status quo devalues other students. It sends the message that LGBT equality is an afterthought. Dartmouth deserves a dean who can challenge and develop our understanding of spirituality and service, not suppress it. We have a moral obligation to ensure that this position remains open for a candidate who can provide strong, principled position for our entire community.
Will the College and Bishop Tengatenga respond to the widespread criticism of this appointment, or will the administration just fold its arms and hope that the storm blows over?
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
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