In a shocking turn of events this morning, Vicente platform writer Ishmael Bishop came out against his candidate Emilio Vicente and urged support for Vicente’s opponent Andrew Powell. On his Facebook page, he wrote:
To my fellow Tar Heels,
Acknowledge that this week will be historic, regardless of the final tally on Tuesday night. This campaign will be written in our history books as having garnered the most national attention than any other Student Body President election. Those who put their bid into the race all started from square one; interacting with the community, collecting signatures, and sharing their idea and vision for UNC in 2014. All but one trusted their staff and the UNC community well enough to win this election without having to seek the appraisal of the New York Times, describing the disadvantages of being a multifaceted oppressed identity.
This “great race” is not without its many flaws. We are on the verge of voting for an identity of the student body in terms of class, status and sexuality versus voting for the most prepared candidate for the position of Student Body President. How could we trust an individual who is focused on national and federal issues concerning immigration reform rather than our own concerns at UNC without distraction or creating a conflict of interest? We cannot.
Transparency is key. It is one of the most admirable traits of leadership that an administration can have. From my own experience, working very closely with Emilio’s campaign, I know that he is NOT a transparent character. It is quite clear to me that ultimately Emilio lacks the competence and tact for representing a diverse Carolina for everyone.
I encourage every student to be thoughtful in their choosing, and to share what they know about each candidate in an open dialogue. For example, if affordability and tuition are your concern, know how each candidate will distinctively approach the issue. Do we have time to wait for a candidate to collect tangible ideas for UNC after having more than six months to prepare? Are we going to stand by and allow this one individual to potentially abuse the seat of Student Body President to thereby advance his premature political activist career?
Vote Andrew Powell. He has earned his ballot through hard work and innovation. He did not feel the need to put UNC in such a predicament, on a national scale, pressuring our student body to elect a certain candidate with the risk of total embarrassment in the public eye if he were not to be elected. Do not think of this as an attempt to sway your vote, but rather a collective effort to encourage the student body to dig deeper, acknowledging what hasn’t been said enough. Emilio Vicente is not the best candidate for the position of Student Body President at UNC Chapel Hill.
-A UNC student
When asked by the Carolina Review, Bishop stated he wrote the platform, and he “stood by his story.”
It seems that Bishop, an insider on the campaign, has a problem, that many have, when the media plays identity politics.