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This instagram posts serves as a mission statement for the Black at Whittier page, a non-affiliated forum meant for all Black Whittier College members both current and former. This statement outlines the purpose and significance of the page: to magnify voices who describe the Black experience at Whittier College. We consider the time of the first post (June 24th) in relation to concurrent events in 2020—namely the Covid-19 pandemic and protests in response to the police killing Black Americans—, and the content of the submissions to posit that race, discrimination, and patterns of institutional racism all contributed to the page’s existence. The striking aspect of this instagram page—besides its creation during a time where no students were on campus—, is the similarity to previous Black Whittier College students’ grievances, particularly in 1968. Historians have found parallel patterns of Black student activism in higher education that respond to issues of invisibility, lack of inclusivity, exclusionary practices, and internalized and externalized racism—the most notable parallel being the 1960s liberation movement.

Biondi, Martha. "INTRODUCTION.: The Black Revolution on Campus." In Black Revolution on Campus, 1-12. Berkeley; Los Angeles; London: University of California Press, 2012. Accessed October 20, 2020.; Black at Whittier. Black at Whittier Statement. June 2020. Instagram.; King, Richard. “Dexter Demolished.” Quaker Campus. Whittier, April 5, 1968.

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