Perhaps you’ve heard about this white supremacist Richard Spencer getting punched twice on Inauguration Day. As far as I know, we have not had to deal with open displays of racism on campus. Of course, I may be wrong.
I’m not going to advocate any student punching a Nazi. I don’t want you getting kicked out of school.
That said . . . on the morning after this recent election, I looked into the eyes of a young woman and saw fear and uncertainty. My heart broke, and I promised her that I would protect her.
I want all of you to know that if I do see someone berating you, trying to intimidate you, or laying hands upon you against your will because you are not the same as them, I will come to your aid.
I will protect you. I will defend you. I will avenge you.
It does not matter to me what sex or gender you identify as, who you do or do not pray to, who you choose to love, or what color your skin is. What matters to me is that you are a human being and you deserve the same rights, liberties, and dignities as anyone else.
Saying this does not make me a hero like Captain America.
If the day ever comes when you need me, you will know who I am. If I am not there, I hope that you will know others like me in those moments.
Thus far, those in the Radford community have been, in my experience, exemplary human beings. I can only pray that I am not proven wrong.