Fr. Leahy Sees His Shadow, Avoids Condemning Racism For Six More Weeks
ST MARY’S HALL — This morning, Boston College president Fr. William P. Leahy emerged from his burrow, spotted his shadow, and retreated back inside in fear, signaling that he will not condemn racism for at least six more weeks.
This is a trend that has persisted nearly every Groundhog Day. Each year, students and faculty gather eagerly outside St. Mary’s Hall to witness Fr. Leahy resurface from his den after a long hibernation. No matter the weather, Fr. Leahy seems to always see his shadow and become frightened, leading him to avoid making any statements on the many major issues affecting this campus.
In past years, Fr. Leahy’s shadow has scared him so much that he remained silent on issues relating to BC’s high tuition, the lack of adequate mental health resources on campus, and access to contraceptive health care.
Since the fall of 2017, it has become increasingly clear that the University president prefers his head-in-sand response to any meaningful acknowledgement of racial issues on campus. During this time, several highly publicized racist incidents on campus violated BC’s code of conduct, and several posters promoting white supremacy were found around campus. This resulted in an outpouring of protests including a class walk out and an organized march.
Though the student body responded almost immediately, the administration was more hesitant to release a statement to the public about their stance. Nearly five days after the march, Fr. Leahy released a vague, underwhelming, four-sentence-email ensuring the student body that the administration was following the usual protocol. It must be really hard to denounce white supremacy and racism!
Students were hoping that this Groundhog Day would be different, and the Jesuit priest would finally denounce racism, or at least stop living in a cramped hole in the ground. But students’ prayers for their leaders to acknowledge the inequality on this campus will likely go unanswered, as Leahy has scuttled back into his burrow for another six weeks.
At press time, Fr. Leahy had a change of heart. Poking his furry little head from the entrance to his den, he squeaked “Racism bad?”