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00:00:00 - Introductions

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Segment Synopsis: Mari Kekuchi Smith
First year at Antioch College

Keywords: First year

00:00:22 - How do you feel about the statement "Race is not real?"

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Partial Transcript: Mari: "I think that it's a statement said by the wrong people all of the time. Like people can say "oh we don't have racism we have tribalism." But I feel like whenever I hear arguments that race isn't real on campus it is usually someone trying to excuse the fact that there is racism on campus.[...] when I've heard especially white people use that argument on campus it's being used for the wrong reasons."

Mari: "it's almost like it's a denial of people of color."

Segment Synopsis: Mari speaks about the differences in how they have heard white people say "race isn't real" and how they have heard students of color say "race isn't real." The largest difference being white people have historically used it as a form of erasure instead of attempting to highlight that race is a cultural construct.

Keywords: Cutural constructs; POC; Race; Tribalism

Subjects: POC; Race; cultural constructs

00:03:36 - What are your thoughts on the POC culture on campus?

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Partial Transcript: Mari: "there is a self that is being healed and there is a white self that is being educated."

Segment Synopsis: Mari finds POC culture on campus to be both healing and educational. They also express how they value the comradery they have derived from it as Mari is originally from a predominantly white community, and being surrounded by other POC students was very new to them. They highlight regular check ins with each other, because of the similarities of the POC communities struggles, as a major source of this comradery.

Keywords: POC Culture; comradery; normal culture; white culture

Subjects: Activism; POC; WOC

00:06:13 - What were your initial thoughts when you started going to POC group?

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Partial Transcript: Mari: "I was a little skeptical. It would be a lie if I said I didn't have any preconceived notions about POC group when I first started. Going in I felt a little strange because I'm not 100% of color but also there is not as much of an Asian presence in POC group[...]It's amazing, and it's lovely, and it's a great experience."

Segment Synopsis: Mari explains their preconceived notions of POC group when they first started attending and unlearning or confirming what those were.

Keywords: African American; Asian American; Hispanic American; POC

Subjects: activism; poc; woc

00:09:01 - What kind of social constructs do you feel contribute to racism on our campus?

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Partial Transcript: Mari: "We don't have many POC professors. It's important to have adults to look up to that are successful and have similar experiences as you. That is super important. I don't want to say that contributes to racism but I think it would open up a gate way to new communication."

Segment Synopsis: Mari focuses on the lack of POC staff on campus as a structural issue that doesn't effectively challenge racism with in Antioch's community and also believes there is a degree of sexism involved as well. Specifying men who are less likely to participate in any kind of campus activities regardless of a social justice focus. Mari finds the rarity of men of color resulting in their voices being listened to more often then women of color as problematic.

Keywords: MOC; POC; Racism; Representation; Social Constructs; Structural Racism; Systemic Racism; WOC

Subjects: MOC; POC; Racism; Social Constructs; Systemic Racism; WOC

00:13:07 - The day of disappearance from Mari Smith

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Partial Transcript: Mari: "Despite everything going on that day it was very tactful, and very respectful, and I was very proud of everyone that day."

Mari: "I'm here for the movement that is Antioch, not the institution that is Antioch."

Segment Synopsis: Mari explains how the dialogue went between the administration and the POC student/faculty activists involved in the event. Stating the general rhetoric was that everyone came out with a more in depth understanding of their thoughts on the event. Mari found the event to be very productive and that it was effective at gauging the appreciation from other students on campus. Mari believes this is certainly a day and a model that can be used to inspire others as well as encourage more people to participate in creating a better world for people of color.

Keywords: Activism; POC; Strategies; WOC; protest models

Subjects: Activism; POC; WOC

00:18:22 - What is segregation and what is self segregation?

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Partial Transcript: Alyssa: "Do you think that asking for a POC hall is a form of self segregation?"

Mari: "I think that if you're looking at the denotation of the word segregation it looks like that, but it's not about that. On this campus, its about looking at the people asking for it and asking them why they want it."

Segment Synopsis: Mari states that segregation has only come up because the topic is pertaining to race and that it has to be frustrating having that topic constantly brought up regardless of how many other halls are dedicated to specific identities. Typically self segregation is brought up by those who opposed the creation of the POC hall as well. The constant effort to be always educating white students and not having any sense of normalcy that would typically be brought by a POC specific region is the core issue the students were hoping to address.

Keywords: Activism; POC; Self segregation; cultural history

Subjects: POC; WOC; activism

00:22:04 - How do you feel about the tolerance verses acceptance perspective and having a choice?

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Partial Transcript: Mari: "We all understand there is a quota for people of color, if you want to have Antioch the way it was in the day, it means you want to accept them, and you want to give them the space that they deserve."

Segment Synopsis: Mari connects the fight for a POC hall on campus to the greater history of Antioch and calls out the president of College as shying away from the radical anti-racist, democratic history Antioch was founded on as an attempt to play it safe while waiting for accreditation.

Keywords: Accreditation; PLaying it safe; POC; anti-racism; culture; democracy; segregation

Subjects: Activism; POC; Selfsegregation; culture

00:26:40 - Can Yellow springs regain its image as a safe haven for POC? and other Conclusions.

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Partial Transcript: Mari: "there is a tension between how it is and how it should be."

Segment Synopsis: Mari explains that regaining that culture is all about the administration of Antioch and it can only be regained once the school itself can take the "leap of faith" involved in taking such radical progressive stances such as opening up a POC specific hall. From that the culture that would recreate a safe haven for Yellow Springs will flow and eventually Yellow Springs will move on from being a gentrified tourist zone for upper income white people.

Keywords: Class; Gentrification; POC; Progressivism

Subjects: Activism; POC; WOC