After students tore down and burned a flag following the 2016 election results, administrators decided to remove all flags from campus. While some were offended by this, the president of the college, Jonathan Lash, defended his decision, saying the removal will:
“Enable us to instead focus our efforts on addressing racist, misogynistic, Islamophobic, anti-immigrant, anti-Semitic, and anti-LGBTQ rhetoric and behaviors.”
Last night on Fox News’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” host Tucker Carlson interviewed Daniel Vogel, a student from Hampshire College who was in favor of removing the flag from campus.
Since the student finds America “unfair,” Carlson wanted to find out what country the student felt was more fair, asking him, “Where would you rather go on trial for a felony?”
It seems, judging by Vogel’s answer, that there isn’t another place he’d rather be:
“There isn’t really a county I’d rather be tried for a felony in. Uhh, per, I, and I, I really doubt, it’s uh, it’s not really about me, uh, it’s about black people and people of color in this country, who, if they were to be tried for a felony are much more likely than me to be put in prison for that.”
Carlson acknowledged that there are inequities in America and there’s no perfect country. Then he asked if there was a country in which African Americans would stand a fairer trial than in the United States.
Vogel had no direct answer to this, although he claims to have a “great perspective on the world.”
While acknowledging it is important for those with a voice to stand up for those who are being oppressed, Carlson tried to highlight how out of touch the privileged students of Hampshire College are with those they claim to be fighting for:
“Do you know what the median income is in this country? It’s much less than one year of your schooling. Less than $62,000 which is what you pay or your parents pay for you to go to Hampshire school and burn the American flag.”
Vogel full acknowledged the “good deal” that he has and the “privilege” that he is benefiting from:
“The wealth of my parents that was able to pay for this institution was garnered off of slavery and was taken from exploitation. The land that I live on was taking from Native peoples. It’s the wealth of the people who have had things stolen from them that allowed me to go to this institution.”
He dodged Carlson’s suggestion that he join the laborers and stop using this “blood money” to go to Hampshire College and do “pointless things,” but Vogel had some thoughts on having more Trump supporters at the school.
Offering up his opinion on just how in favor he is of diversity on Hampshire College’s campus, he said:
“I think diversity is a different word when you’re applying it to political, uhh, standpoints vs. different aspects. Like, I can leave Hampshire College and go to UMass next-door and yeah, expose myself to different viewpoints.”
Finally, the student informed viewers what the true point of Hampshire College is:
“The point of Hampshire College isn’t to say, isn’t to create a model of our country and then, you know, stimulate political debate. It’s to figure out what, you know, most liberally collect, what is, you know, social justice academia.”
It seems Hampshire College feels the best way to promote inclusivity is to ditch diversity.