I am issuing Emporia State a challenge. This year, instead of catering only to your white, protestant Christian students and decorating the campus with the lovely “Christmas Cheer” like we have done every year, don’t.
Every year campus is covered with Christmas trees, tinsel and bows of holly.
I’m not a Grinch, and I love Christmas as much as the next person. But when Emporia State’s decorations cater to one religion, it prioritizes the people who celebrate that holiday. It prioritizes the students who practice that religion over others.
And it’s wrong for the campus to make that choice.
This campus is diverse. Not as diverse as it could be, don’t get me wrong. But we have representatives of several religions here.
And that’s just to name a few.
That doesn’t even include Kwanzaa, a very important holiday that is celebrated during this time that isn’t tied to a specific religion.
To pick one of these religions out of all others and prioritize their holiday is unfair and discriminatory.
To decorate the campus with primarily Christmas themed decorations, and then have a small menorah in Plumb Hall for “diversity” is sad, sickening and honestly, pretty shameful.
Instead, let’s decorate with non-denominational and non-religious decorations.
Decorating with snowflakes, white lights and fake snow are excellent ways to show the campus that you care and all religions are accepted and wanted here.