Creating a more inclusive campus atmosphere that reflects the ideals of Troy University.
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On October 31st, the administration of Troy University released a statement denouncing the uncivil actions of Andrew Dearing, the president of Farmhouse fraternity, after a video was released of him and other members of the university’s chapter of Farmhouse were found participating in activities that not only mocked the university’s ideal of celebrating differences justly and respectfully, but the very underlying of Troy University as being the international institution of not only Alabama, but the beacon of diversity throughout the south. I, William Jackson stand with the alumni, faculty, staff, current students, and the Trojan Community who have found these actions distasteful, and hereby demand the immediate expulsion of Andrew Dearing and the suspension of Troy University’s chapter of Farmhouse. Also, l am requesting that the members who participated in these egregious acts be made to do community service in impoverished communities and not allowed to host any parties within the suspension period.Too often these micro aggressions are allowed to go unpunished. However, we understand that injustice anywhere is a threat to justice, inclusiveness, and the promotion of new concepts and ideas everywhere. As Dr. King stated, “We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single moment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” We are ONE TROY. If Troy University so chooses to ignore the actions of Andrew Dearing and the members of the Farmhouse organization, it will be sending a message that threatens our sense of community. We must not get into the habit of trivializing disrespect when it comes to culture and diversity. Troy University is a place that has taught me to be respectful, inclusive, and most importantly a leader within my community. The most dangerous companion of ignorance is power-and Andrew Dearing having been in former roles of leadership at Troy University and as acting President of Farmhouse represents this doctrine of intolerance. This is a mandate that we must continue to actively educate the mind to think, the heart to feel, and the body to act.
Troy Student- William Jackson
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