From Yale News:
by SOHUM PAL NOV 10, 2017
… I may be in the minority, but I don’t want opportunity: I want power. Students of color, even when we find ourselves in white dominated spaces, find ourselves on the peripheries. We find ourselves undermined by peers, faculty and administrators, typically white, who tell us we can’t complain because we have “a seat at the table,” a euphemistic shorthand for the illusion of being a stakeholder and power broker. That is not enough — we deserve to be seated at the head of the table not only because we have a surfeit of the skills to lead, but also because we must dictate our own terms of engagement with white power structures, not from within white power structures. …
White students: Take a few steps back. You already know: when we enter white-dominated spaces, we take on the implicit roles of leadership, expending invaluable emotional and intellectual labor. It is time we were given the titles and power we deserve.
Sohum Pal is a sophomore in Branford College [Yale].
Also by Pal at Stories from the Silent Minority:
Since coming to Yale, I think I expected less racism, but that definitely hasn’t been the case. Perhaps it was naive of me, considering that Yale isn’t actually a very diverse place. I love Yale and it’s already made me the benefactor of some phenomenal opportunities. At the same time, my first week at Yale was incredibly stressful because I received microaggressions or actual aggressions everyday. It definitely hasn’t ended, but I’ve found better, safer niches, like Disorient (a South Asian discussion group) and parts of the AACC and Asian American Students Alliance.
I can’t lose the impression, though, that I was accepted to Yale largely as a token. As someone who is queer, disabled, and South Asian, I find myself at the crux of many intersections.