Do you remember the story about the black student with a glue gun? The one, who was “mistaken” for an active shooter? The man was simply carrying a damned glue gun (the only similarity to a gun is the color) and still was overviewed as a criminal.
A white student, Jenny Lundt, from the same campus, attended a general meeting about the lockdown. After the meeting, she was frustrated about how people of color were ignored.
"The words from the administration at that meeting: 'It was probably racially motivated,'" she said. "How, after that entire hour in the chapel with members of our community talking about how they were affected, are you going to turn around and dismiss all of their experiences with a 'probably'?"
When she came home, she saw her old sword with which she was running around the campus a year ago. She wrote the following on Facebook:
The girl was running around the campus with a freaking sword. And people thought it was funny. No one was scared. While it was an actual sharp sword. Just think about it: a black man with a glue gun and a girl with a real cold steel weapon.
That’s great that there are people like Jenny Lundt. She inspired other people, her letter was eye-opening for some people.
She shared part of an open letter from Sahil Gadhavi, who had something to say to those who praised Lundt while ignoring the people of color who fight to make their voices heard on the same issues day after day. He used his own experience as an example.
"Where is this immediate acceptance of the truth when I tell people that I have been consistently racially profiled every time I fly in from India because of the melanin in my skin, my hair, and my beard?" he asked. "Why do we face the suspicion while Jenny Lundt receives only praise?"
He thanked Lundt for speaking up, and we thank her, too! But he mentioned that her message likely would not have been received with as much praise if she was black.
Ultimately, Lundt hopes her post will encourage other White people to examine their own privilege, and call out inequality when they see it. "Have these conversations and find the own 'swords' in your life - with things you could get away with that your friends of color could not," she urged. "Challenge racist jokes. Challenge stereotypes and hold your white friends accountable."
We hope for the earth to move.