SOLIS (SWARTHMORE ORGANIZATION OF LOW-INCOME STUDENTS) RELEASES STATEMENT IN SOLIDARITY WITH SASS

SOLIS Statement of Solidarity with SASS

In the wake of a recent publication on campus, Swarthmore Organization of Low-Income Students feels it is important to publicly announce our support of SASS in their decision to boycott the Daily Gazette. We also wish to endorse the alternative publication, Swarthmore Voices, whose mission is to create a space that amplifies and uplifts the voices of marginalized communities.

We denounce the article, “Kaepernick’s Well-Intentioned, but Ineffectual Protest,” and its anti-Black sentiments. In recklessly publishing this article, the DG is contributing to a campus culture that does not prioritize the voices of Black students. Our hearts go out to the Black community as they are forced, once again, to defend their humanity and their right to organize against institutions that continue to target them.

This is not the first time the DG has been so irresponsible. Events from this week have been a painful reminder of last year’s publication, “The Admissions Office Doesn’t Care About Your Values,” which shamelessly undermined low-income students’ hard work and contributions to the Swarthmore community.

Seeing this publication target another marginalized group demonstrates the clear history of the DG’s complicity in silencing minority voices on campus. We firmly stand beside SASS and other campus groups to demand that future publications refrain from using “free speech” as a justification to spread pieces that bring harm to oppressed groups for the sake of “conversation.”

In solidarity with SASS,

SOLIS Board

Jasmine Betancourt, Jissel Becerra, Ariba Naqvi, and Olivia Gubler