Dear middle-aged white men with tenure who are too afraid to speak out against campus carry,
This letter is for you.
Do you really, truly believe that you are at a higher risk for expressing something that polls have shown to be a popular opinion?
You have the age, the skin color, and the gender to be listened to by both the Legislature and the white men who can’t wait to parade their death machines on campus.
You have a “respectable” vocation with job security, health insurance, and enough money to live on comfortably. Before you inevitably argue with me about the amount of work you do versus how much you get paid, go talk to someone who has gotten fired or arrested in the Fight for $15 movement or read about what it really means to be poor.
The people who really want guns on campus are not going to tell you that because you don’t want guns in classrooms that they want to watch you get raped while they stroke their guns and don’t intervene. They aren’t going to tell you that they’d love to see you in pain screaming for someone to save you so they can specifically not save you because you dared to insult their gun. They aren’t going to threaten to rape you. (Yes, those are all things that have all been said to me more than once by different white men).
The people that really want guns on campus are not going to call you a series of racist and xenophobic slurs or tell you to go back to your country because guns equal America and if you don’t like it you can leave.
When the people who want guns on campus see you, they think you are one of them. They assume you are a white supremacist who wants guns on campus just like them before they assume otherwise, and statistically, they are right.
Your mere existence doesn’t set Nazis on edge.
You aren’t considered political by simply existing.
You have choice, like I have choice.
Now of course, you have every right to be afraid to say you don’t want guns in classrooms. You can be afraid, but if you really don’t want guns on campus you need to work past that and act. You need to think really hard about what your lack of action as a person who has the privilege of job security, the privilege of whiteness, the privilege of male-ness, and the privilege of age means for the rest of us who don’t have all of those things.
So you won’t be getting any sympathy from me. Stop asking for it.
Your silence is allowing this law to go into effect. Yes, yours.
And before you try to mansplain the social media policy or your contractual agreements with the university to me, the First Amendment still applies to you. If it applies to Milo Yiannopoulos, it definitely applies to you.
So you, middle-aged white man with tenure, you have no excuse.
A young white woman with next-to-zero job security who is more afraid to actually have guns on campus than she is afraid to say something about it.