Race, Police & Justice: Voices from the Colgate Community

Alex Wilson, Class of 2017

 We must critically recognize how Colgate is situated and entrenched in a larger system of institutional racism. During my three years at Colgate, I have heard of countless stories from and of people of color who have been arbitrarily stopped and targeted by the Hamilton Police and Campus Safety. Nationally, African Americans are disproportionately incarcerated and brutalized by the police. Campus Police is premised on protecting the students. As a community we must actively work against institutionalized racism to ensure that all bodies are protected, not just those that are white.