A Letter From the Editor: On The Margins of Decorum, Inclusiveness and Visibility

Delivered annually to the student body of Morehouse College, the SGA debates typically functions as a platform that allows each candidate to outline their general campaign and effectively communicate their forthcoming agenda if elected for a seat in the senate. This time around the debates, however, functioned as a facsimile episode of The Real Housewives of Atlanta. Yet again, failing to address the State of Morehouse College and the upcoming term of the SGA administration.

In the amount of time the candidates used inclusivity as a campaign pawn and forced their platforms upon us, we [the student body] could have elected both an SGA president and vice president on our own. We get it; inclusivity matters, but so does everything else at an institution that’s widely respected for developing men who go on to lead lives of leadership and service. It just so happens a great number of the candidates attempted to employ inclusivity in their campaigns as a poor attempt to bridge a relationship with an already marginalized group of folk on campus. These folks–SafeSpace–have been inserting themselves in a narrative they don’t identify with long before your campaign, and I’m sure they’re not looking for your seal of validity.

It’s like Yay! You’re running for an SGA position, but what have you done? Where have you been? What bills have you pushed? Do you know how the institution should operate? Did you even speak to students on campus before the election campaigns? Granted, many of the candidates–president and vice president–aren’t quite ready for SGA, and we all know this to be true.

Along with a position in the SGA comes a great level of decorum, which the current SGA senate and candidates lack tremendously. It’s not surprising that  a number of the candidates are not yet ready to assume such a position that requires a high level of academic and professional responsibility. Yes, it’s responsibility. A kind of responsibility to yourself and students who assume you can lead, and lead well.

As the current SGA president and his administration heads out the senate, a number of unqualified candidates are rushing in and trying to shift the political climate–or the lack thereof –of what used to be a well-respected position. Rather than falling victim to inadequate politics, vote fairly and vote wisely. Use your voice as a student and member of the Morehouse community to effectively choose a worthy candidate; one who’s deemed qualified to lead not only the student body but also our institution.

A great deal of the candidates attempted to not offend anyone, but actually offended a lot people; a lot of Black folk, queer folk, heterosexual folk, and gender non-conforming folk – inclusive folk. Honestly, we need more than well-designed campaign flyers and videos; we need an SGA president and vice president who can lead, respectively. Don’t try and create a shift in a culture and organization we barely understand, try to include us first. We [the student body] need more than a campaign based off empty promises.

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Jayson Overby

Editor-in-Chief

jaysonoverby@gmail.com

 

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