During the days before winter break began, in the wake of the Ferguson and Eric Garner decisions, our campus erupted over racial insensitivity sparked by a picture posted on Instagram. The photo, from Halloween, showed six Williams students each wearing a costume consisting of a taco suit, fake mustache, and sombrero. A group of students took to Facebook to argue that the costumes were insensitive to, and stereotypical of, Mexican culture.
We’ve had several requests to link to a very polished audio piece by David Michael ’13 (hosted on the always thought-provoking EphBlog) questioning the events behind the racial slur found on Prospect’s fourth-floor bathroom in the fall of 2011. It’s definitely worth a listen:
In a recent announcement, ACE Concerts, in partnership with the Williams College administration and College Council, has revealed that the annual spring concert will, in 2015, be replaced with a panel and series of seminars featuring college faculty, students, and guest speakers’ thoughts on the meaning of diversity at Williams. Titled “Waka Flocka Came: Williams Reflects on Music and Controversy,” the event will begin with a series of spoken word performances by students reacting to last year’s spring performance by the popular Atlanta rapper.