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The Senate Chair of Boston University’s Student Government resigned after BU Students Against Silence found his old blog. His blog was racist and hurtful and insensitive. WE held him accountable. WE need to hold all of e-board accountable for their actions. Likewise, Executive Vice President Barron Roth should resign for what he did.
I found some very disturbing, sexist and misogynistic photographs posted by Barron Roth. In one photo, he is aggressively grabbing the leg of a woman in a sexual manner with the caption reading, “YES I’M A RAPIST.” He has posted photographs of naked women partying and at concerts drinking. He’s posted photographs of him grabbing a women’s butt while she pretends to “snort” applesauce that represents drugs. He posts photographs of young students “hooking up” at college parties. In another photo, he is in close proximity to other men, suggesting jokes about the LGBT community. This is UNACCEPTABLE.
Promoting a rape culture at BU is not a joke. Demeaning women is not art. Poking fun at the LBGT community goes against everything BU stands for. Posting misogynistic and sexist photographs is not acceptable. BU is against promoting this type of culture. We talk about it every year. I’ve participated in skits about it at orientation. I’ve received surveys from Student Government and Dean Elmore about the “rape culture” at BU.
If a fraternity gets suspended for making a sexist video, Barron Roth should be forced to resign for the many photographs he posts degrading women and women of color (WOC). It’s not right that the student body vice president is allowed to post these demeaning photos and not be held responsible. It’s hypocritical that he (a man) is allowed to post these things without repercussions but the two WOC on E-board are impeached for having a political opinion.
If he is not forced to resign by the senators then that is sexist and biased. Andrew Cho, the president, should call on Barron to resign. The senators MUST call on his removal from office like with the Senate Chair. If ANY senator does not call on his removal of office, they are supporting the second highest-ranking official in Student Government posting hurtful things about people in protected classes.
Barron Roth DOES NOT represent me!!! The BU Student Against Silence has to TAKE ACTION!
Emily Smiths, firstname.lastname@example.org