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Date Created: 01/19/16
Tierra Hatami, Joseph Brice Dr. Eileen Lagman Writing 1150 24 September, 2015 History Through CU Every institution has a history that has shaped it into what it has become today. The history of the University of Colorado at Boulder can explain so many of the things we witness going to school here every day. As we listened to a brief history of CU on our archives visit, what stuck out to us most was how CU faculty and students have fought against discrimination throughout the history of the university. This intrigued us because Boulder is such an accepting place, and we postulated that some of this acceptance had to have come from the University's actions to combat discrimination on campus and in the town. Student and faculty activism at CU has created an accepting environment in the Boulder community that fights for equal rights for all. Starting in the late 1930’s CU faculty was pioneering the fight against jewish persecution. An article was published in thilver and Gol a student newspaper on campus, which stated that some CU faculty members sent a telegram to President Franklin D. Roosevelt urging the federal government to take action against the Nazi’s; “‘To remain silent would not only seem to condone these brutalities but to encourage similar trends latent in our own sociThe Silver and Gold, 1938). This article was published on December 2, 1938, which was roughly a month after Kristallnacht took place, so much of the push to send this telegram came from the recent tragedy in Germany. This article was intended to inform students and other faculty that members of the campus staff were taking action against the horrific events occurring in Germany. Sense the article only consists of a quote and a list of who wrote the telegram, there is not any persuasion or argumentation going on. Nevertheless we trust the authors knowledge of what they are reporting on because they are citing a direct source. This speaks to the author’s credibility because they are using specific evidence in their article. The outcome of this article was that it informed many more people on campus about the effect that activism can have, and eventually caused more students and staff to get involved in combatting discrimination. This lead to a train of events that has made Boulder so accepting. This activism spread, and later that month lead the American Student Union to request a survey of the people of Boulder to see whether or not the majority of people supported or disputed “the present programs in Germany” ( The Silver and Gold, 1938). The article was published in the Silver and Gold campus paper and described what the survey would consist of and if the University would allow the survey to conducted. This article was published with the intention to inform the students and faculty at the University about events taking place on campus. This way people could know that they would most likely be surveyed in the future regarding their views on discrimination. The article was purely factual, and said that the ASU hoped that this survey would show that people in Boulder do not support discrimination. Although the author never specifically states their opinion about discrimination, they quote people who are strongly against it. This suggests that they also believe discrimination is unethical, because otherwise they would have quoted someone who is for discrimination. This discrete rhetoric strategy is effective because it lets the reader know that the author is against discrimination without actually stating their beliefs. Often times when writers are too direct about their opinions, it isn’t effective. The article also talked about what would happen if the survey showed that the majority of people don’t support discrimination. This result would give people the power to stand up against those who do and provide a general consensus that discrimination is unacceptable on campus. The ASU also hoped that this would lead to less discrimination of Chinese and Japanese throughout Boulder, because at the time that was a pressing concern. Almost a year later, on March 7, 1939, CU students continued to combat prejudice. An article was written in tSilver and Goldcampus paper that informed students and faculty of the discrimination still present on campus and in the surrounding areas. The article talked of the student based comity, ASUC, which sought to investigate how prevalent racism was on campus despite prior efforts to put it down. They concluded that “Negro students are excluded from eating at establishments on the hill, are not allowed to do practice teaching in Boulder schools and are forced to go to Denver for haircuts.he Silver and Gold, 1939). This poor treatment was frowned upon by the ASUC. The article told of how the University could work to end this discrimination. One of the things that the article said the ASUC recommended was creating a dormitory for international students to “provide accommodations for minority groups” (however you cite an article). This is especially important to note because there is a dormitory on campus now (Willard) that is primarily international students. This is proof that activism by CU students in the past has directly affected our campus today. The author of this article also did not state their view on discrimination, but in the summarization of the ASUC’s actions against discrimination in Boulder, it is obvious that the author distains racism. Now we attend a school where racism is hardly seen, and most people accept other's individuality whether that be race, gender preference, or religious affiliation. This amazing environment is all thanks to the actions taken by students and faculty in the past. This progress has made CU the amazing campus that it is today. Boulder’s campus now includes clubs that support all races, all genders, all sexualities, and all religions. It is clear that the activism in the past from both CU students and faculty has played a huge role in creating the oneofakind University we are all so lucky to attend.
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