Meramec hosts listening circle after Stockley verdict

Posted on 10 October 2017 by admin

Listen up…


By: Melissa Wilkinson


Meramec hosted a listening circle on Sept. 27 in Student Center room 200. The event, prompted by the recent verdict in the Stockley trial, was attended by around 30 people including both students and faculty members.

According to attendee Marco Hernandez, there were two circles: an inner circle of students and an outer circle of teachers and sociologists. In the center of both circles was a chair with a rock. One by one, speakers would sit in the chair and hold the rock. Only the person holding the rock could speak, and all others listened. Any questions asked by the speaker were considered rhetorical and could not be answered by other attendees.3

“It wasn’t a conversation,” said Hernandez. “It was just people grabbing the rock and talking.”

Hernandez did not speak at the listening circle, and said he attended because he wanted to hear what everyone else had to say. Hernandez said most of the discussion was about white privilege and that it’s important to hear “someone else’s perspective.”

Meramec will host another listening circle on Nov. 29 Contact Carolyn O’Laughlin at with questions.


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