After 2 weeks of Protests on college campuses around the country, the movement continues to grow. There are signs that the protests are not “copy-cat” or coincidence, but a concerted and well planned effort by a revolutionary element yet to be positively identified. Incuded in this article is a first hand report from inside one Student Senate meeting this last week which will reveal much of what is taking place on universities around America.
Beginning at University of Missouri in early November, that protest finally culminated on November 16th with the resignation of President Tim Wolfe and Chancellor Bowen, over lack of response to alleged racial concerns in U of M. Missouri Governor Jay Nixon followed this with a statement that it was “necessary step toward healing and reconciliation”.
In quick succession, protests were felt in major universities across the United States:
Occidental College in Los Angeles – Student protestors occupy an administration building for a week. 14 demands are made by a student group called “Oxy United for Black Liberation”. Demand #9 is that campus police immediately discontinue wearing bullet proof vests. # 10 is “Immediate removal of LAPD’s presence on campus”. President Veitch says there is no way all their demands can be met. Protestors call for his resignation and he agreed to do so.
Ithaca College, Ithaca, New York – Organizers “People of Color” call for “radical/transformative change in governance and structure at Ithaca College” and demand the resignation of President Tom Rochon. On Nov. 10th Rochon announced a new position of Chief Diversity Officer, a position which Oxy obviously already has.
Amherst College – As a response to the UM protests some students held signs that lamented the “death of free speech” and “All Lives Matter”. That was simply so harsh that a group known as the “Amherst Uprising” listed 11 demands, among which requires President Biddy Martin issue a statement saying that Amherst does “not tolerate the actions of student(s) who posted the ‘All Lives Matter’ posters, and the ‘Free Speech’ posters.” In addition, the “Uprising” demands the people behind the “free speech” fliers be required to go through a disciplinary process as well as “extensive training for racial and cultural competency.” After all, we can’t actually have students thinking they have freedom of speech on college campuses now can we?
Yale – Students protest an alleged “White girls only” fraternity party. The party is under investigation but evidence is not substantive enough to confirm any “racial profiling” by the frat brothers, although it is suspected they were screening for attractiveness, no matter the race or ethnicity (imagine college boys doing that).
One Yale faculty member was “protested” due to a failure to remember someone’s name and an email that his wife had sent to the dorm where they serve as “Masters”. Nicholas Christakis was surrounded by students calling for his resignation and screaming, “Why the f*** did you accept the position?” The email questioned why there was a need to warn and protect students from culturally insensitive Halloween costumes—a response to a set of guidelines sent by Yale’s Intercultural Affairs Committee.
“If you don’t like a costume someone is wearing, look away, or tell them you are offended. Talk to each other. Free speech and the ability to tolerate offence are the hallmarks of a free and open society,” Mrs. Christakis wrote. My sentiments exactly!
But not to the modern “Revolutionary” on American college campuses.
Claremont McKenna College – Junior class President Kris Brackman resigns her office after a photo of her and other students in Halloween costumes was circulated and posted by someone taking offense at the “racially insensitive” costumes of two of the girls in the picture with Brackman. (Wearing ponchos, sombreros and fake mustaches). In her resignation letter Brackman accepts full responsibility for her “offense”:
“As a bystander I did not assertively speak out against the costumes, despite knowing that they were disrespectful,” she wrote. “Even worse, I associated myself with the offensive message by willingly standing in a photo with the costumes … I am regretfully sorry to have been associated with this harmful incident, and after thoughtful consideration I have decided to leave my position as the Junior Class President.”
This wasnt’ enough and the College Dean, Mary Spellman also stepped down after 6 years.
University of Kansas – All four state universities in Kansas- Wichita State, Emporia State, Kansas State, and University of Kansas have all experienced some form of protest in the last few days. We will take a closer look at “Rock Chalk Invisible Hawk”(RCIH), the group protesting at KU.
The protests at KU erupted on Nov 11 when the Chancellor held a townhall meeting to discuss the University of Missouri events. RCIH interrupted the forum, taking the stage holding signs supporting Mizzou and protesting various issues, including at least one which read “Black Lives Matter”. The crowd reportedly became caustic, at times yelling over Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little, in the packed out Student Union. RCIH also carried signs which enumerated 15 demands, some of which Kansas University has no jurisdiction over, such as re-opening an investigation into a homicide from 1970 of a 19 year old Black student. Another demand included increasing the number of “undocumented students” on campus. (My head is beginning to hurt).
RCIH took note of two students, the Student Body President and Vice President, when they did not stand to show unity with the protestors. That failed action singled them out for brutal social media coverage and accusations of racism and insensitivity. Yes, they are white. President Jessie Pringle, VP Zach George, and a third student, Chief of Staff Adam Moon may face impeachment proceedings now, as they refuse to resign, even after they signed a written statement formalizing support for “Black Lives Matter”.
A few days ago a friend attended the Student Senate meeting at KU on November 18th. She is a professional, and took meticulous notes, and has been releasing related materials ever since. The following commentaries are excerpts from her report:
People don’t realize how far this social justice/political correctness agenda has gone. I didn’t realize it until last night! I am frightened in a way I haven’t been before. And nobody is offering me a “safe space” where I can “breathe” and have “my humanity affirmed“. [Italicized are recurring terms which are often mentioned in these meetings.]
There was talk about ally vs accomplice. Those white students who spoke in support of RockChalkInvisibleHawk (RCIH) could be called an “ally” but only if persons of color (more than one) granted them that status. That comes directly from KU OMA (office of multicultural affairs) which previously had a workshop on how to be an ally.
I was disappointed in the responses of the three officers who didn’t resign and are now under the impeachment process. It was sheer self-flagellation. Profuse apologies for not giving multicultural students what they need and ruining their experience at KU (which experience is to provide “learning, self-exploration and above all enjoyment“). The officers want everyone to come together, to restructure the senate, additional appointed senate seats, mandatory “cultural competency training“, cap election spending (and possibly minority coalition subsidies), address the retention rate,…Changes will include international students and gender neutral language. Adam Moon had said something about the “normal freshman experience’ and a representative of the International Students Association got up and asked why he “called international students abnormal. You said normal freshman…why are we abnormal?” When [Moon] denied that he called them abnormal, she told him he needed “to watch his rhetoric“.Someone asked if requiring “students of color” be on the election commission and that was affirmed as a possibility. In other words, quotas.There was a lot of questions about how to make sure those who have gone through cultural competency training are actually competent and if not deemed competent, how they could be removed. Stephon Alcorn (black senator) said that “all students have a right to inclusion and success“.“Rhetorical terrorism” — as in, what you said just made me feel unsafe; therefore, you have terrorized me with your words.
If there was something said or a question asked that they didn’t like, they would say “Impact”. If the speaker would say, that’s not my intent, the response was “I don’t care what your intent was, you have impacted me.”
Intimidation was strong. The meeting chair (who did a great job) kept having to take a motion to extend the speakers’ time. The first couple of times the votes were “Yay” and a few “Nays” until Omar (RCIH student) got up and exclaimed that if you don’t want to have questions and allow them to speak “then there’s the door”. After that, all extensions of time were unanimous. At one point, while the RCIH were standing up front talking about their demands, they said “and if you don’t like this or vote against it”, “We see you. Don’t think we don’t see you“.