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It’s a Cruel, Cruel, Cruel, Cruel World

Some of our aggrieved students have compended the made-them-feel-bad comments that various professors and other people at the College have made in their presence. Of course, none of these remarks rises to the level of Mr. Hart, here is a dime. Take it, call your mother, and tell her there is serious doubt about you ever becoming a lawyer; but if you want to see examples of the kind of utterance that a few years ago made an undergraduate of color refer to her Dartmouth experiences as “a four-year struggle of torment,” read on at this Facebook page quaintly titled: Shit Dartmouth Admin and Faculty Say:

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Email with subject line “trigger warning.” “I don’t know that I quite understand why I’m writing a message like this to adults.”

Office hours discussing a final paper about Native American masculinity after the boarding school era in a masculinities fys. Prof: “I don’t think there is indigenous masculinity”

“Plato? That’s a little overly ambitious. Do you really think you can read that?”

Student: “President Hanlon, are you against white supremacy?”
Pres: “I don’t think I can comment on that.”
Student: “[other admin sitting next to Hanlon], are you against white supremacy?”
Admin: “Yes, I am against white supremacy.”
A few comments later,
Pres: “I am against white supremacy, too.”

After grading my first essay for the class: “Is English your first language?”

Lecture when discussing privatizing education. “Everyone will still able to get an education, just not a good education. But not everybody gets to drive a Ferrari”

In class, after using a student’s incorrect pronouns twice. “I guess I’m just not up to date on gender norms these days”

Community discussion at Cutter-Shabazz
Student: “President Hanlon, can you define white supremacy?”
Hanlon: “That’s not really my expertise. I’m a mathematician.”

In class, to a student who wanted to talk about women of color politicians
“Race is too hard, so we’re not going to talk about it.”

Appointment for treating a concussion *pats my Afro* “I’m kind of surprised you got a concussion with hair like this. Isn’t it supposed to protect you?”

In French history class regarding French colonialism
Prof: *looks at map of Vietnam*
Prof: “Look, that’s China”
Student: “No it’s Vietnam”
Prof: “Oh but it’s Indochina!”

During class exercise to see the countries everyone has visited
“Huh that’s strange, no one’s been to China” while pointing to Kazakhstan

Office hours, to a female student
“Why don’t you be more assertive, like [male student]?”

In a conversation about sexual assault on campus
“They’re just being boys!”

Dick’s House staff, every motherfucking term: During a medical appointment for a cold
“But you’re sure you’re not pregnant, right?”

Office hours, to an international student: “The way you pronounce things is funny!”

During a case study in class relating to a child dying of lead poisoning
“Well, the parents were African immigrants so they were probably illiterate and didn’t know about the lead paint in the house.”

As Marlon Brando exclaimed in Apolcalypse Now (and so did Mr. Kurtz in Joseph Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness.”), “The horror! The horror!

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