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DDMIT campaign is aimed against ROTC's policies, not individuals

It has come to the attention of several members of Defeat Discrimination at MIT that some cadets and officers in the Reserve Officers' Training Corps programs on campus have been verbally abused, harassed, or threatened. Also, we have learned that students in ROTC have been subject to verbal abuse for some time. Further, there is a perception that harassment against cadets has increased since DDMIT began its campaign to combat discrimination based on sexual orientation in the military.

I am personally, and as a representative of DDMIT, appalled and outraged that participants in the ROTC have come under personal attack. Harassment, threats, abuse, and hate-motivated or anger-motivated graffiti or vandalism are tools of hatred that are out of place in a civilized community. Abuse against students and staff in the ROTC programs, aside from being wrong, violates the spirit of toleration and pluralism that DDMIT hopes to promote on campus. We condemn the actions of anyone who converts political discussion into personal attack.

We hope the MIT community is as appalled by abusive behavior towards servicepeople as it is by ageism, anti-Semitism, classism, homophobia, sexism, racism, discrimination against the physically and mentally challenged, and all other forms of prejudice. We ask people who have chosen harassment or abuse as a method of discourse to find a more appropriate means of conveying their opinions.

Robert Weinerman '87->

Defeat Discrimination at MIT->