An Open Letter to David Hookstead
July 17, 2013 § 1 Comment
Yo Hookstead – I strongly dislike you. And I have a list of reasons.
One, you’re an idiot:
(Cool story, bro.)
And two, you’re disrespectful to women:
(Ladies, seriously? Have any of you actually slept with this guy?)
But the biggest, and most important reason I dislike you is because you claim to speak for the UW community.
You speak falsely. And this is dangerous.
As an employee of the Division of Student Life who works as an ambassador to incoming freshmen and transfer students, I connect on a daily basis with people who are new to UW. They are excited to be a part of an inclusive, intelligent, open-minded, and passionate community. They want to be challenged by thought of others, share their own opinions, but most importantly, feel welcomed and safe regardless of their background, gender, hometown, political beliefs, or sexual preference. And the things you post (which you claim are not your own thoughts) are damaging. They are cruel. And most importantly, they’re moronic.
Case in point:
Look, you have a right to believe whatever you want to believe. Your politics are your business and I believe wholeheartedly that if you want to buy every gun in America and believe Stand Your Ground is a good idea, go for it. You are within your rights to do so. But to thump your politics using the University of Wisconsin’s name, a name synonymous with open rhetoric, communication, and understanding, you are making a mockery of an institution we all love so much by claiming to speak for it all on your own. You are not UW. We are all UW.