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Wed May 4, 2016, 02:53 AM

Library silence policies are racist. Silence is a privilege that's reserved for the privileged.

Why Some Colleges Don't Seem to Be Meant for Brown Students

There are overt ways in which educational institutions keep their doors closed metaphorically to people of color who grow up in working poor contexts. Their student body also does this, without even realizing it for the most part. For me, the place that always stuck out when I was in grad school was our study spaces.

In Nicaragua, I grew up in a house with metal plates for a roof. When it rained it was nearly impossible to talk because it was so loud. I find comfort in hearing raindrops on metal and home comes to mind when I see those roofs, as does love and happiness. I grew up in a house with metal plates as a makeshift roof and what I associate with that is integral to who I am today and how I define comfort.

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In the USA, I also grew up around a lot of people crammed into a small apartment. Noise is soothing to me. I did not have to learn to study with noise around me, I knew how to do that because a family of five shoved into a two-bedroom apartment means that you are never afforded the luxury of silence.

Silence is a privilege; or rather silence is reserved for the privileged. The ability to claim a piece of this planet all for your lonesome, and to demand that no one disrupts your space is a privilege not many people have, and it is very daunting to find yourself surrounded by people who feel entitled to it.

So when I strutted into my private university’s library in graduate school and found my first actual silent library, I wanted to crawl out of my skin. I found it suffocating. It was the first time I began to realize how much this space was not meant for me. I already had people question the validity of my enrollment, but you come to expect that when your middle school guidance counselor says you will never amount to anything. But an entire building communicating that an institution of higher education was not built for your kind was NOT something I was prepared for.

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Silence is not comforting. But it was only after getting my first D that I realized that I would never be able to study in silence because I could not possibly retain information like that. My last two years of graduate school, I studied with the television on just for the voices. I remembered where I had come from and what I needed: Noise.

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I found a link to this gem of an article floating in the DU sewer. Even a few of them are bemused by the author's self-righteous, air-headed IMBECILITY. Yeah, enforcing silence policies in a library is discriminatory. Having consideration for others is racist.

What a stupid fucking lowbrow sow.

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Reply Library silence policies are racist. Silence is a privilege that's reserved for the privileged. (Original post)
Bronxbomber May 2016 OP
Guyzilla May 2016 #1
It Guy May 2016 #2
I814U2CY May 2016 #4
fszwfnj May 2016 #3
Ajax May 2016 #5
fszwfnj May 2016 #7
Ajax May 2016 #8
Duke Lacrosse May 2016 #9
fszwfnj May 2016 #13
Ajax May 2016 #14
fszwfnj May 2016 #15
Texas_mom May 2016 #16
Troll2 May 2016 #6
Lira May 2016 #10
Troll2 May 2016 #11
The Center Holds May 2016 #12
Argentina May 2016 #17
Ben_Ghazi May 2016 #18

Response to Bronxbomber (Original post)

Wed May 4, 2016, 02:59 AM

1. You are showing naivete.

 

The subject is universal.

I refer to the book naked ape, specifically the concept of stimulus struggle. We relish being busy enough. Even to mock complaining about it, really bragging.

And the ability, or even valuing slowing down, is in large part, a class thing.

It figures largely in our concept of trailor parks etc.

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Response to Guyzilla (Reply #1)

Wed May 4, 2016, 04:43 AM

2. No. He is not, you are. What is it about all these whiney leftists demanding that everyone

Bend to their special snowflake rants? The sooner they realize that the world doesn't revolve around them the better.

What the left is pushing is tyranny of the minority! That tactic will only get them a type of pushback that they will regret in a big way.

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Response to Guyzilla (Reply #1)

Wed May 4, 2016, 06:08 AM

4. So the fact that quiet is conducive to steady and is considerate of others has no merit

 

If them rich people do it, 'specially them white ones, well then it must be worth discarding because everything rich white people do is bad because they're rich white people.

Or maybe bigoted assholes just deserve a shot in the snot locker.

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Response to Bronxbomber (Original post)

Wed May 4, 2016, 04:53 AM

3. Libraies should create safe space for brown people that

mimic third world conditions. Dirty, loud tin roofs,dirty water, so special brown snowflakes feel safe.

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Response to Bronxbomber (Original post)

Wed May 4, 2016, 06:31 AM

5. What's the big deal?

The author basically said that since they grew up without silence, that they couldn't study in silence, so they didn't.

They didn't demand (or even ask) that the library policy be changed.

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Response to Ajax (Reply #5)

Wed May 4, 2016, 07:26 AM

7. The big deal is

the author frames silence as a privilege that brown people do not have. It is an inane position.

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Response to fszwfnj (Reply #7)

Wed May 4, 2016, 08:38 AM

8. It is inane to say ALL brown people lack that privilege.

However, being wrong on the internet isn't really that big of a deal at all. It would be different if the author were actually trying to get the policy changed in the library, but they're not.

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Response to Ajax (Reply #8)

Wed May 4, 2016, 09:59 AM

9. It is also inane to say that ALL white people have that privilege.

The author is a whiny, self-pitying, immature twit.

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Response to Ajax (Reply #8)

Wed May 4, 2016, 11:46 AM

13. No, it's inane to believe silence is an entity that anyone has or does not have as a priviledge

The very concept is post modern horse pucky.


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Response to fszwfnj (Reply #13)

Wed May 4, 2016, 01:24 PM

14. No, it isn't.

For example, if you and I both value silence, and I am able to experience silence and you are not, then I have the privilege of being able have silence. It does not mean that I have an undeserved privilege, or that you somehow don't deserve it.

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Response to Ajax (Reply #14)

Wed May 4, 2016, 01:27 PM

15. Good lord

Words used to have meanings. Not whatever we want them to mean.

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Response to Ajax (Reply #5)

Wed May 4, 2016, 03:01 PM

16. When even a building can create micro aggressions

somebody has a big chip on his or her shoulder.

This person's future is not looking very bright, unfortunately.

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Response to Bronxbomber (Original post)

Wed May 4, 2016, 07:25 AM

6. Study in the library? You are doing it wrong.

The library is a place where you go to information, not to study. You drag it back to your natural habitat for studying.

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Response to Troll2 (Reply #6)

Wed May 4, 2016, 10:03 AM

10. Not always.

Some people live in noisy environments; loud roommates, frat or sorority houses, apartments with very thin walls etc. Those who need quiet to study find the library works well for them.

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Response to Lira (Reply #10)

Wed May 4, 2016, 11:09 AM

11. At university, the library did not have seating for a significant percentage of the 25,000 students

In face, I don't recall the main library having any seating for undergraduates at all. You used the card catalog, requested materials, waited while they were retrieved from the closed stacks, quickly looked through them, and left.

There was some seating in the specialized departmental libraries. But not much.

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Response to Bronxbomber (Original post)

Wed May 4, 2016, 11:19 AM

12. So pop in your earbuds and crank up the music. Stop demanding that the rest of the world

conform to you.

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Response to Bronxbomber (Original post)

Wed May 4, 2016, 03:48 PM

17. I find it interesting that the Hispanic author of the OP isn't able to study unless it's noisy. I

grew up thinking libraries are supposed to be quiet. After I'd learned to read when I was four my dad took me to the public library for the first time and as we walked there he impressed upon me the need to keep quiet while there. So I've been quiet in the library ever since and find it annoying when other patrons talk loudly or let their kids run around and make noise.

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Response to Bronxbomber (Original post)

Wed May 4, 2016, 05:48 PM

18. no wonder Nicaragua is a third world country.

With those study habits, it's not surprising. I'm going to go to nicaragua and tell them to fix their shitty roofs because I can't concentrate. Wonder if they have a sjw brigade over there to help with my cause?

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