Campus Reform | Student paper asks ‘economically privileged’ students to ask parents for BLM donations

Student paper asks ‘economically privileged’ students to ask parents for BLM donations

The board specifically singled out “economically privileged” students, and told them to ask their parents for money.

Students on the Bowdoin Orient board of editors called for readers to donate toward the bail funds of rioters.

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The student paper at Bowdoin College in Maine recently encouraged students to donate to progressive causes.  

The editorial board of the Bowdoin Orient recently praised the school for an email allegedly announcing that Bowdoin would be matching donations to Black Lives Matter, the NAACP, Maine Community Foundation’s Racial Equity Program, Maine Inside Out, Maine Youth Justice, and The For Us by Us Fund

Campus Reform reached out to Bowdoin College to confirm that it would match donations but did not hear back in time for publication. 

Some of these organizations openly and adamantly disagree with the cash bail system and have recently stood up for criminals jailed for their offenses. In some cases, the organizations pay bail money for rioters in full, thus abetting the actions of rioters in big cities.

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Alongside its praise for the college’s contributions, the editorial board of the student paper continued to push for more action, writing, "this is an important step, but it is equally important that the College see it as a first step, not a final one. There is much more to be done."

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The board notes that “20.4 percent of Bowdoin’s students come from the wealthiest one percent of American households” and that the median family income of the school is $195,900. The board then used these statistics gathered by The New York Times to suggest that readers should donate even more toward certain organizations, saying, “privileged students should leverage that privilege to stop injustice” and “bail funds are a great place to start."

The board went on to encourage “economically privileged” students to “talk with parents” about their  “responsibility” to “combat systemic racism by donating what they can."

“This is certainly a time of greater financial anxiety, but many small donations can go a long way,” the board noted.