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Black student activists demand defunding of College Republicans: They ‘oppose our humanity’

Student government leader suggests Republican invitees need its pre-approval

If you invite speakers we call white supremacists, you aren’t worthy of receiving student government money funded by your own fees.

That’s the crux of the argument by the Black Students’ Organization at Columbia University against the College Republicans chapter, citing its invitation of Internet personality Mike Cernovich, author of the masculinity guide “Gorilla Mindset” and popularizer of the “Pizzagate” conspiracy theory, and Tommy Robinson, founder of the anti-Islam English Defence League.

The Columbia Daily Spectator reports that the BSO brought a proposal before the Student Governing Board to block the CRs from receiving future funding; the club received $4,640 last year:

“We do not support, in any capacity, giving a platform to beliefs that blatantly oppose our livelihood and humanity, and especially not in the name of intellectual diversity,” BSO said in its proposal. The group also sought support from other student organizations, asking for participation in a “Columbia Coalition Against White Supremacy.”

Cernovich is scheduled to speak tonight; Robinson’s Skype-delivered speech earlier this month drew continuous disruptions, leading an administrator to promise disciplinary action against students who disrupted.

The BSO asked for a formal statement of support from the Columbia College Student Council at the latter’s meeting Sunday night, even though it only controls the size of the pot for all student groups, not specific funding and recognition decisions:

CUCR Director of Operations Joseph Siegel, CC ’19, argued that in attempting to bar certain speakers from campus, BSO was conflating intellectual ideas with “physical ideas of safety and violence,” and in doing so allowing “a heckler’s veto to whomever feels emotionally hurt by anyone.” …

“If the word ‘white supremacist’ can be applied to a person, maybe don’t invite them to our campus,” Nicole Allicock, CC ’18 and CCSC vice president of policy, said.

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Allicock went even further, suggesting that the CRs be required to provide a list of potential speakers to the Student Council so it can determine “which speakers are appropriate to bring to campus, taking into consideration the potential mental toll on students,” the Spectator paraphrased.

An academic affairs representative, Dafne Murillo, said it wouldn’t harm the CRs to be defunded or derecognized because the club could still rent spaces for events as an unrecognized group.

That’s an expensive proposition. Two Christian student groups that refused to let non-Christians run for leadership positions were derecognized by the California State University system for a year.

They finally agreed “in writing” to let non-Christians run for leadership after paying steep rental fees for rooms on campus that they previously got for free, moving more events off-campus and watching their attendance plummet.

Given that it has no authority to defund or derecognize individual student groups, the Student Council instead voted in favor of submitting a “general concern report” to Student Conduct and Community Standards, which “thoroughly investigates and resolves incidents of academic, behavioral, and gender-based misconduct” at the Ivy League university.

Doesn’t sound like that will chill the speech of the CRs, does it?

Read the article.

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  • Samuel Thomas

    If you invite speakers we call white supremacist…. LOL. Inmates running the asylum.

    • Ken Abbott

      Careful with that phrase–the Houston Texans will come and kneel on your front lawn.

  • Byrd Westbrook

    California – including its indoctrination centers – is a cesspool.

    • Brian Rogers

      The Article is about Columbia. In Manhattan.

  • CLS
  • Ralph Kern

    If you believe that you can be physically harmed by words and ideas, your intellectual anemia has advanced to the point that it has actually restricted the ability to think. It amounts to a degree of cowardice that explains an inability to cope with reality.

  • American Tax Payer

    Non-whites are driving us straight into war. What they’re saying is that White People have no rights to anything let alone our survival in our very own countries and that is gonna boil over and that spells W-A-R.

  • Titus Andronicus

    Back the the ’80s, when I was a freshman in college, I turned in a paper for a 200s level history class. The tone of the paper was blithe and sophomoric (I think it was on the Treaty of Versailles).

    I got a grade of D and the prof wrote “you are too intellectually immature for a class of this level”. It was the best advise I could have gotten – candid, matter-of-fact, but not mean spirited. It was exactly the kind of feedback the prof was being paid to give.

    I went on to grow and do better.

    Somebody needs to do the same for these dumb whelps. Accusing others of opposing your humanity does not make you look brave or erudite. It makes you look like a pretentious idiot.

    For what these profs are paid, one of them needs to step up and let these kids know.

  • Gerry Burnie

    I think Millennials need to acquaint themselves with Corinthians 13:11 – “When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.”

  • Falcon 78

    What is in the water in NYC? Why does this just crazy stuff always happen in places like that? What is it about living in these over-crowded, Democrat, urban locations that just brings out the ‘crazy’ in people?

  • WereTurtle

    No one opposes your “Humanity” more than the democrats do. You are nothing more than a vote to them. Once you pull the level, you are nothing to them for another 2 years.