Columbia can’t seem to eighty-six ’68
Written by Bwog Staff
Thai Jones, CU American history Ph.D. candidate and son of Weather Underground founder Jeff Jones, has written a piece in today’s New York Times about the University’s most recent hunger strike and the history of self-imposed starvation as a means of political activism. Jones compares much of the campus’s anti-hunger striking sentiments of just a few months ago with the similar frustrations of 1960s students towards Students for a Democratic Society.
Jones interviews several Columbia students, one postulates that the hunger strike was an argument “that our education has us starving intellectually”—the apparent appetite of the affordable housing-eating octopus non-withstanding. Jones also speaks to his own parents (hi Mom!), who also agree with his favorable comparison of Mark Rudd et al. to 2007’s hunger strikers.
Top right photo from NYT via Getty.