Last week, I reported on how police were called when pro-Palestinian protesters crashed a panel featuring reserve officers from the Israeli Defense Force. Now a Jewish student group at the same school has gotten denied membership of a minority rights group because of its association with Israel, according to The Cavalier Daily.
The University of Virginia has an organization called the Minority Rights Coalition which, as you might expect, is a kind of almighty behemoth representing all of the various marginalized groups on campus. The Minority Rights Coalition speaks for constituent groups representing black students, Muslims, Asians — who are overrepresented at UVA and many other elite colleges — Native Americans, “queer” students, feminists, and even “Latinx” students, which is apparently the gender-neutral term for Latinos.
The MRC rejected the Jewish Leadership Council’s application for membership because one of the Jewish students’ five groups was Hoos for Israel, a group which aims to teach the UVA community about the culture, history, and politics of Israel.
The MRC said “Many students under the [Minority Rights Coalition] umbrella believed at the time that [Hoos for Israel] operated in a way which made these students feel concerned and unsettled.”
Meanwhile, the Jewish Leadership Council said “We recognize that the Israel-Palestine Conflict is complicated and heavily debated, and that it carries the weight of lived experiences and deep set emotions for many individuals – both in the Jewish community and in the communities represented in the MRC. We deeply understand the need for dialogue surrounding this complex issue, but at the same time we cannot and will not apologize for our right to support a Jewish homeland.”
Now the MRC is apparently going to reconsider the Jewish Leadership Council for membership, but my question is: why bother? If the cabal of social justice-themed members hadn’t tipped them off in the first place, the Jewish students’ initial rejection should prove to them that the Minority Rights Coalition is a group concerned not with the marginalization of minorities, but merely with the marginalization of minorities that hold the correct opinions.
Jefferson Statue Vandalized On His Birthday
Students at the University of Virginia woke up to find a statue of their school’s founder, Thomas Jefferson, vandalized with the words “racist” and “rapist” on April 13th, the Founding Father’s birthday, reported NBC29. Because in the current year 2018, this is how progressives express gratitude for the man who built the framework for the society that gives them so much freedom. Now, let’s put aside for the moment the fact that this is illegal and if tolerated will eventually lead to anarchy — the left doesn’t really care about the law and thinks only in the short-term like a chubby kid who wants double dessert.
But ALSO like infants, these activists don’t understand this little thing called “context.” Jefferson’s views and actions weren’t out of the ordinary for his time period and he in fact took steps to stop the spread of slavery, believing in a gradual liberation. But don’t tell that to Charlottesville activists, who made the Jefferson statue the site of another white supremacy protest last year.
Charlottesville covered its Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson statues last year after the “Unite the Right” rally, but that wasn’t good enough for insatiable crybullies, who also decided to cover the JEFFERSON statue and put up a sign saying “Black Lives Matter. Fuck White Supremacy.”
Police Called On Pro-Palestinian Students
Pro-Palestinian students at the University of Virginia crashed a panel featuring reserve officers from the Israeli Defense Force, reported The Cavalier Daily. UVA police received a report that an assault occurred and said they are still investigating.
The Brody Jewish Center’s Rabbi Jake Rubin, who hosted the event on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, said “While free speech and the ability to protest are important aspects of college life, we are disappointed that protesters refused to engage in conversation and instead continued to shout intimidating and hostile slurs directed at students, staff, and panelists.”
Wow, they refused to talk? What a shock. It’s almost like leftists are more interested in commanding than communicating and power instead of persuasion.
Meanwhile, Dean of Students Allen Groves said the pro-Palestinian students, who made use of a megaphone, violated the school’s standards of conduct, as well as its protest and amplified sound policies. Groves said the UVA community rejects the heckler’s veto and told the school that “the University is a place for intellectual inquiry” and that “we can only learn from each other if space exists to exchange ideas freely and without disruption from those with whom we may disagree,” according to an email sent to the UVA community and obtained by Campus Unmasked.
Okay, pause. My alma mater UVA will always have a special place in my heart, but exchanging ideas freely? This is the same college that in December denied a conservative group from registering a campus chapter, only reversing the decision after immense public pressure. And this is the same school that last month told students to call 911 if they saw “offensive flyers.” Looming over all of this, of course, are the Charlottesville Confederate monuments, of which the city has desperately tried to rid itself for the past couple of years, even covering them with makeshift burkas.
It’s a school decked with accolades like US News & World Report’s #3 public university for 2017 and Playboy’s #1 party school for 2012, but UVA’s commitment to free speech can definitely use some improvement. Oh, and they could probably stand to drop Aramark, the food company that even prisoners have protested.
College: Call 911 Over ‘Offensive Flyers’
A gruesome murder, a drunk driving accident, and “offensive flyers.” What should you do if you witness any of these at the University of Virginia? Call 911, according to The Daily Caller News Foundation. That’s right — call the police if you see an offensive flyer.
Patrick D. Hogan, executive vice president at the University of Virginia, recently sent an email to students and faculty saying the school “is aware of reports of solicitations by national organizations to encourage distribution of offensive flyers and memes at colleges and universities across the country during the upcoming weekend. The reports indicate that the organizations are specifically interested in buildings and centers for under-represented groups, particularly Women’s Studies.”
Right because women, who make up 54% of the student population at UVA and 56% across the United States, are definitely underrepresented. Hogan then tells students and faculty, “if you witness individuals engaged in suspicious activity, including posting offensive flyers or other material in violation of the University’s Policy on Exterior Posting and Chalking, please call 911.”
Rewind to January 16. A user on Voat — the free speech, uncucked version of Reddit — mischievously appropriated pro-choice language to create a campaign called My Borders My Choice, encouraging people to hang immigration=-themed flyers with the slogan and “No means no!” on campuses, promising bonus points for students who managed to place them in social justice-related areas.
But when I reached out to the university to confirm whether #MyBordersMyChoice was in fact the “offensive flyer” in question, as well as how it could be construed as offensive, whether any flyers were spotted, and what actions were taken if so, a representative said “no, those are not the flyers. The University has no additional comment. Thank you.” Well, you’re not welcome, Mr. de Bruyn, because that’s not much of an answer and when I reached out just to ask which flyer it actually was, UVA was mysteriously silent. So what do you think? Is the university stonewalling me from reporting that they told students to call the cops over a hilarious meme?
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