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As a current Clark student and the previous student body President, I am extremely disappointed in the administrations reaction to these messages that we so politely call "questionable." There have been at LEAST three flyers seen by students, each one targeting a different minority with harshly inaccurate stereotypes and a website full of hate. This specific student producing the flyers obviously has rights protecting his opinions, but we also have rights and opinions worth asserting as a community. The administration has done nothing even close to asserting a stance. My once high respect for this institution is rapidly dwindling as I see Clark leaders, time after time disrespect the students that are being directly affected by the flyers, with responses like "just ignore it," "just don't let it get to you." When a student is expressing fears of emotional and physical safety it is completely outrageous to tell them how to feel then brush them off like they don't know what they are talking about. Most of Clark's leaders are white males that have never experienced the kind of hate this organization delivers, how could they possibly understand what the students are feeling? This is a major issue in lack of empathy and respect, students need leadership that understands them and respects them. Students need to be shown they are actively being supported, and not just through an email or pre-planned forum. How does the Clark Administration plan to show students they will receive that?
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