1970: "Blacks Reject Cultural White-Wash"
This excerpt from the Flat Hat, titled "Blacks Reject Cultural White-Wash," was written by Kermit Dance in 1970. This passage briefly explains the concerns of the Black Students Organization (BSO) regarding race relations, how these concerns contribute to the on-going racial problem, and possible solutions. Members of BSO acknowledged that efforts have been made by the College to improve race relations, however, they felt that there was still much to be done. One major concern was enrollment. For instance, Black students made up just one percent of the total student population. As a result, they emphasized that a lack of support for a stronger Black presence on campus would perpetuate discriminatory attitudes and the “indoctrination of Whiteness.”
Furthermore, Dance articulates that efforts should be made to further integrate the W&M community. While the number of physical bodies is important, the blending of “White and Black culture and ideas” is just as vital. Solutions are mentioned to better improve the College. Examples include the addition of “courses in Black studies,” an increase in the number of Black students and faculty, and the integration of staff and administrative officials as a whole. In order to make a lasting impact, change should be wanted and accepted by the entire general body. This problem is, by no means, a Black problem, and the weight of these burdens should be carried by all.