I like to focus on the good — most of us do. At Holy Cross at the Vigil, most of the public contact is just fine. It’s normal. Some people want to know more — students, parents of prospective students, people driving by. We get a lot of honks and waves and raised fists. Someone brought us hot coffee on a bitterly cold day, someone else stopped to say she just had to say she believes me, because no one would do this for no reason. Lots of people like that.
So far, I’ve only mentioned the problems in the administration, not in the students.
The past two days I noticed something new and unusual. Young men passed by multiple times both days, coming in and out of the college, spewing hate speech each time. One made gay slurs, which is very provocative at a protest regarding sexual assault. The striking thing was his energy and effort, his intent to be hateful.
I decided to share this experience because it is part of the Vigil for Justice too.