EDITORIAL & OPINIONS
When students opened their Western e-mail in-boxes two weeks ago and found
an invitation from CaucasianClubUWO, a new Yahoo! discussion group, alarm bells
immediately went off.
The club is not part of the University Students’ Council clubs system;
with no Clubs Week booth and no recognition, the club is essentially in the
control of no one but its membership and its supposed leader, “diversitysnow/Lara
Love.” The club, despite its name, exists nowhere but in Cyberspace;
and in the last 48 hours, the name has changed to “CaucasianClubWesternOntario.”
While the group’s initial invitation claimed the club “celebrate[s]
diversity, inclusiveness and racial understanding,” it immediately followed
this with a disclaimer: “Please don’t be mistaken by the naming
of the club. We are actually inclusive and we celebrate multi-culturalism and
Any club purporting to discuss racial issues in the same breath it uses
to call itself “Caucasian” is setting itself up for investigation:
as many posts in the discussion group have asked, why not name it, for instance,
the “Diversity Club?”
Apart from its existence outside the USC and its use of Western’s name,
the message board has indeed brought forth some diverse viewpoints, including
posts entitled “This Day in Caucasian History” and some from a
member of the controversial Euro-American Issues Forum, a group centred in
Washington state, as well as more moderate members — many of whom have
left the group in the face of heated discussion.
Snow/Love, as the moderator of the group, is the only one with any
control over the message board’s content and as a result, has been censoring
messages deemed controversial or inflammatory by no one but “her”self.
Snow/Love, to maintain any legitimacy for her club, must refuse the
anonymity afforded by the Internet. She has refused interviews
to both The Gazette and professors in the faculty of information and
media studies and chooses which questions about the club to even
post, let alone answer.
If Snow/Love wants to be afforded the respect and trust USC-ratified
clubs receive and not be suspected of running a racist club,
she should step out from behind the smoke screen.
Evidently, the club would be confronted with hard questions to
answer if it underwent the rigours of the club ratification
standards with such a hot-button name, but so too must any legitimate
club on campus.
Being a club defined by race is not intrinsically wrong,
as many all-inclusive and USC-ratified racial and ethnic
clubs have repeatedly shown; diversitysnow/Lara Love, your
unwillingness to run a campus club in the public eye doesn’t
Why not ask the USC to ratify you? Why not give us a call
back? Why not tell us your real name?
Or, in short, what type of mandate are you hiding?