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Dickbutt meme being reported as a hate bias incident
2018 Dec 6, 3:03pm 1,369 views 2 comments
“Disgusting”: UMD SGA plans to report “dickbutt” debacle at its meeting as hate bias incident
Someone replaced an SGA bill in a Google Doc with the “dickbutt” cartoon.
The University of Maryland SGA’s director of diversity and inclusion said she’s planning to report an incident involving “dickbutt” at the body’s weekly meeting as a hate bias incident.
Before the Student Government Association voted on a bill to create liaisons for religious, racial minority and other protected groups, someone with access to the bill’s Google Doc via the sharing link made an anonymous edit.
The edit — made through suggestion mode — deleted the entire bill and replaced it with a cartoon known as “dickbutt,” a drawing of an anthropomorphic penis with a second, smaller penis protruding out of its backside.
Speaker pro tempore Mikaela Davenport called the act “disgusting,” and said if the person who made the change is revealed to be in the SGA, they would be referred to the ethics committee.
Serena Saunders, the legislator who sponsored the measure, said it was a “strange way to attack the bill,” and effectively “defaced” it.
Later, during debate over tabling the bill, Taylor Greene, the body’s diversity and inclusion director, said she planned to file a report on the action with this university’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion for its hate bias log.
“Because it was done anonymously and because of what the bill itself is, and what was done to it, that’s why it was a bias incident,” she said. “The intention behind it was obviously to harm or insult it. … It was very offensive.”
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"The University of Maryland’s Student Government Association unanimously voted to establish its first black and women’s caucuses at its Dec. 5 meeting.
The caucuses would serve as a “working group” for SGA members to specifically discuss groups, issues and legislation relating to those demographics, said Serena Saunders, who sponsored the bill creating the women’s caucus."
"he establishment of these caucuses creates forums for women and black students to voice their concerns, and for SGA members to discuss issues and initiatives related to those groups, said Green, a junior community health major. She added that the caucuses would act as a place for these groups to talk about their issues candidly, with their goal being tangible legislation."
"The women’s caucus will officially be named the “Womxn’s Caucus” — the “x” in “womxn” added to make the language inclusive of all women, similar to the use of “Latinx” instead of Latino/a, Green said. The goal is for this caucus to also be open to trans woman and nonbinary individuals. Women and men are very gendered words already,” Green said. “As we’re trying to move towards more inclusive language, we’re trying to move away from the gendering of words.”
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