A Yale Daily News article published Thursday, titled “Evil is banal”, urges students to closely track the racist behavior of white students on campus, so that one day the evidence can be used to ruin their careers.
The piece, written by Isis Davis-Marks, uses a dark and spiteful tone to single out “white boys” on the Yale campus who, according to Davis-Marks, exhibit implicit racism. The piece starts with a detailed description of the perpetrator.
“Everyone knows a white boy with shiny brown hair and a saccharine smile that conceals his great ambitions. He could be in Grand Strategy or the Yale Political Union. Maybe he’s the editor-in-chief of the News. He takes his classes. He networks. And, when it comes time for graduation, he wins all the awards.”
Davis-Marks continues to describe how she observes frequent racist or sexist behaviors committed by “white boys” at Yale, such as, “a racist remark that he said, an unintentional utterance that he made when he had one drink too many at a frat party” or “a message that he accidentally left open on a computer when he forgot to log out of iMessage, where he likened a woman’s body to a particularly large animal.”
She continues to say that she regrets not documenting the evidence of these acts, “I’ll kick myself for forgetting to screenshot the evidence. And, when I’m watching him smile that smile, I’ll think that I could have stopped it.”
Davis-Marks continues to say she doesn’t think that the simple reporting of racial or sexual transgressions on campus is enough to solve the greater problem.
“To be honest, I’m not sure what the solution is. This expands beyond vocalizing problems about sexual assault: The core of this problem has to do with our values…”We allow things to skate by. We forget. We say, ‘No, he couldn’t have done that,’ or, ‘But he’s so nice.’ No questions are asked when our friends accept job offers from companies that manufacture weapons or contribute to gentrification in cities…”
Then she concludes:
“But I can’t do that anymore — I can’t let things slip by. I’m watching you, white boy. And this time, I’m taking the screenshot.”
Her message being that the only way to stop racism and sexism is vigilantly watch and track any evidence that can be used to take down white men later in their careers.
Davis-Marks has published several other racially charged articles that target white people, as villains or as the source of major problems, for the Yale Daily News such as “White Noise” and “The yuppie invasion”.
Her “Evil is banal” is published on the same day that another anti-white article was written for a student newspaper at Dickinson College titled “Should White Boys Still Be Allowed to Talk?”, arguing that “white boys” should listen to more marginalized demographics, instead of speaking themselves, in honor of black history month.
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