Student speaks out for accountability

Cincere Freeman-Jones

Letter to the editor

 In the midst of all the events that have taken place this summer and the creation of the “dearashland” Instagram account, I have taken a deep look into my own experiences while attending Ashland University through a different lens. As I look back at my time spent at Ashland for that first unusual (yet still very enjoyable) year, I recognize that Ashland is not without flaw. Maybe the newfound friends, freedom and independence misled me, but as I see other stories from victims of the ills of the university, I soon realize that Ashland is not the amazing place it claims to be. In my one year spent on campus a few of my friends and I, have been called a “n****” in a menacing way by a senior Caucasian track and field athlete during a party at his off-campus house. I have seen an extremely vulgar and hate-filled video made by a junior Caucasian baseball player. I have been called a “n****” by many Caucasian individuals who attend Ashland, and even though no malice may have been in their hearts, I bore an uneasy feeling all the same. Do I love Ashland University? Yes, I do. Does it have problems? Yes, very much so. Is there a solution to the problems we all face while here? Yes indeed, and the solution is accountability. In some sense accountability is like justice. The days of a slap on the wrist or the protection of certain individuals because of the contributions they make to the university or the legacy that they have must be abolished. Then, and only then, will the problems that plague this university begin to be addressed.