Yale should speak out on Tibet to ensure that silence is not mistaken for apathy

To the Editor:

First off, I want to thank the News for raising a timely voice in support of human rights in Tibet (“Yale’s silence let’s China off easy,” 3/24). As someone who has spent time in Tibet and studied its language, culture and politics, I thank you for highlighting the importance of our University’s speaking out on this issue.

In the editorial, the News also asks, “Are Yale students to remain as silent as Levin has been, asking no questions, seeking no answers?” I assure you that this is not the case. I am seeking and working to put together a group of students, faculty and alumni that will work to amplify the voice of the Tibetan people on campus. I sincerely hope that the University will choose to exercise its critical voice on the Tibet issue. If it does not, I am committed to ensuring that institutional quiet is not mistaken for communal apathy.

Eli Bildner

March 24

The writer is a sophomore in Davenport College.

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