Sister,I face the same struggles any justice-minded individual does when speaking out, although I admit I haven’t been fighting as hard as I am capable. More than one letter to the student paper [the largest audience discussion forum on campus] has been sent [and promptly ignored], though!
The problem is in addressing a nebulous group of microaggressions thought and enacted by a majority of our ~50,000 students. Staging large-scale reactions to what many perceive as small, almost insignificant offenses, marks you as delusional and to be ignored. In discussions about it with my peers I’m accused of “playing the race card,” “making it a big deal,” and [I am] silenced.
The white neo-liberal presence on my campus is strong and dominant and it’s a struggle to create or protect dialogue that challenges it.