According to the report, Jacquelyn Aguilera, another student attending Pitzer, added to the conversation surrounding cultural appropriation.
are excited to ‘protest’ for any ‘cause’ that appears to elevate their status,” wrote Dale Holmgren. “Let’s face it, these are young immature girls that …
White women are under siege at a ritzy California college after being told to “take off” their hoop earrings in a campus-wide email.
“The black and brown bodies who typically wear hooped earrings … are typically viewed as ghetto, and are not taken seriously by others in their daily lives. “The culture actually comes from a historical background of oppression and exclusion,” Martinez continued in an e-mail thread sent to the entire student body.
that belong to the black and brown folks who created the culture,” according to Alegria Martinez, an active Pitzer College Resident Assistant and member of Latinx Student Union. “(The) art was created by myself and a few other (women of colour) after being tired and annoyed with the reoccuring (sic) theme of white women appropriating styles …
“White Girl, Take OFF your hoops!!!” the graffiti read, according to the Claremont Independent.
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Pitzer is one of five Claremont Colleges and has a tuition fee of $50,430, according to the school’s official website.
Martinez added: “Because of this, I see our winged eyeliner, lined lips, and big hoop earrings serving as symbols (and) as an everyday act of resistance, especially here at the Claremont Colleges.”
The student newspaper — billed as an independent journal of campus affairs — then documented a back-and-forth that ensued via e-mail.
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Eyebrows raised after a white Pitzer College student recently questioned spray-painted remarks on the school’s “Free Speech Wall.”
“If you are incapable of using a search engine and expect other people to educate you, take off those hoops.”
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Another reader added: “The racists are the ignorant bullies spraying their intolerance on the wall.”
A third reader responded: “Worry about something important.”
“If you didn’t create the culture as a coping mechanism for marginalization, take off those hoops,” Aguilera reportedly responded in an e-mail.
The women refused comment when they were approached by the Independent, which boasts a website that allows readers to submit comments.