Our Opinion: Simon's Rock students, we want to hear you

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Dear students at Bard College at Simon's Rock:

These are difficult times on campus with reports circulating of a variety of racial incidents. Your fears and concerns have been magnified by what you feel is an inadequate if not dismissive response by the school administration, Great Barrington police, Berkshire District Attorney's Office and the media, including The Berkshire Eagle.

You may believe that you have no voice with which to express your fears and concerns. You may even have been told that you have no voice because the media is the enemy. If the latter is the case, you have been misinformed.

The media in general and The Eagle in particular are not the enemy. We are not purveyors of "fake news." We are purveyors of information, and beyond that role, we at The Eagle provide a voice to the people of Berkshire County. And that includes the students at Bard College at Simon's Rock.

Freedom of speech is currently an issue on college campuses around the state and nation. It is far more controversial than it should be. College campuses should be a safe haven for freedom of speech. As such, The Eagle urges you to exercise that freedom by sending letters to the editor or even opinion columns to The Eagle to express your concerns about what is or isn't taking place on campus, or any related issues. We recommend that you email them to us at letters@berkshireeagle.com.

While this invitation is extended in general to the college's students, it is extended specifically to members of the Black Student Union. If you believe your voice has been silenced, it hasn't been silenced by The Eagle. This invitation demonstrates that we are open to what you have to say, and we're ready to share it with the Simon's Rock community and our readership in general.

Problems fester and grow when there is misinformation, silence, antagonism and intimidation. We hope the students of Bard College at Simon's Rock will shed a light on the problems on their campus that will ideally lead to a solution and better days for a college that is an important part of the South Berkshire landscape. The Eagle is eager to provide that opportunity for you.

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