Our contributor Robyn Browning sends the following…
Hi everyone. I am sending this letter to the President of SLU, Dr. Fred P. Pestello. Please share. Copy and paste this letter & send it to him as well. Change some of the words to fit you. Our voices count! I especially urge SLU alumni to do so as well. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Fred P. Pestello, Ph.D.
Saint Louis University
1 North Grand Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63103
Dear Dr. Pestello:
I am sending you this letter to make you aware of your university’s inaction against the players on the men’s baseball team for racist comments against President Barack Obama.
As an African-American, I am offended by the remarks. I am especially surprised by the inability to discipline those players. If you need precedent for the private conversations leading to termination, I ask you to look at Donald Sterling being relieved of his duties as owner of the Los Angeles Clippers for making racist comments. You can suspend or remove those players from the team. The National Basketball Association is better without Mr. Sterling leading a franchise and the baseball team will be better without them.
Part of your mission statement says that you foster programs to alleviate ignorance and you welcome students, staff, and faculty of all racial backgrounds to create a sense of community. Clearly, the pitchers’ ignorance has not been alleviated and community cannot be created when students are making racist remarks. As Archbishop Desmond Tutu said, “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.”
The current action of an apology is not sufficient. I urge you to take more action against the pitchers on the men’s baseball team and remove them from the team. I can only hope that you will take my request seriously to take action and discipline the pitchers. They not only disrespected the President of the United States, but all African-Americans at the university, in St. Louis, in Missouri, in the United States, and across the world. I will send this letter to the commissioner of the Atlantic 10 Conference. Please contact me at email@example.com to discuss this issue further and keep me abreast of details regarding this situation.
Cc: Bernadette V. McGlade, Commissioner-Atlantic 10 Conference