A Facebook thread involving students from New York’s Sarah Lawrence College turned from talk of snakes and trees to social justice almost effortlessly, leading to students requesting payment from others for “emotional labor.”
The College Fix reported Wednesday that the Facebook chain began when a python was released on campus and talk ensued about the removal of a tree on campus that was beloved by students. But as the comments poured in, social justice warriors soon took issue with the attention being paid to such unimportant issues as trees and snakes and not the struggle of certain groups on campus.
Soon, students began demanding payment from others, even posting links to 17 different Venmo accounts mostly belonging to females of color.
“In honor of Women’s History Month and the labor that women and femmes of color do for Sarah Lawrence every month of the year,” said the post, which featured a picture of the words, “Give your $ to Women & Femmes of Color” written in glitter.
Certain students couldn’t believe the concern voiced over the snake instead of issues such as “systematic racism,” “sexual assaults,” and “anti-Muslim hate crimes.”
“The issue that people talked abt [sic] the snake+ tree extensively but completely ignored the hate crimes against black+ Muslim students earlier this year…there’s a v [sic] clear issue in priorities here and it needs to be addressed?? No one’s saying that everyone shld [sic] never talk abt [sic] the snake its just ridiculous that people can do that but can’t be bothered to say a word abt [sic] the racism very present on campus,” another student added.
“Also since W&FOC are still using our emotional labor to discuss this as nobody gives a s**t about the systemic problems at this school, give your $$$,” a poster read.
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