Protesters At Texas Southern University Prevent State Representative’s Speech
This has been a growing trend. A speaker with their own agenda will be invited to a school by the administration to speak to the students. And a group or groups of students will protest. In most cases stopping the speaker from speaking all together. This group called themselves member of Black Lives Matter. There are 1000’s of small BLM groups all over the US. Very brilliantly BLM has no one leader no one person for the government to target.
But is this really the best method. I like the concept of us coming together and creating change. But is that what we are really doing? In some instances the school pay for the speakers to come out. Share your thoughts with us?
Protesters said Rep. Cain has ties to the Alt-Right, and is against the LGBT community, filing an amendment that denied funds for sexual reassignment surgery for inmates.
They say nothing was going to shut them down.
“He just stands for hatred and bigotry on a scale that isn’t deserving of a place or platform here at TSU,” said protester and Thurgood Marshall School of Law student Justin Tolston.
He’s anti-woman. He’s anti-LGBT. He’s trans-phobic, and so if he is actually against the existence of people and their right to exist, then no I don’t agree with all sides and it becomes more than a political issue. It’s now an issue of justice and human rights, and so I had to be here,” said protester and Thurgood Marshall School of Law student, Nneka Akubeze.
Other students say they just wish it was done differently.
“I would’ve heard what he had to say in order to challenge his stand because now he’s moving on to the next, and we haven’t educated him on our perspective and where we come from,” said Thurgood Marshall School of Law student Preston Strickland.
Rep. Cain immediately left after the event but has responded with this statement:
“Today I attended an event scheduled by the TSU chapter of the Federalist Society a few months ago. I was greeted by campus officials, given a guest parking voucher, and brought into a room in which the administration had specifically requested the talk occur. Then Black Lives Matter came in and bullied the administration into ending the event. It’s a sad day for universities across Texas whenever speech and a variety of views are prevented from being presented due to bullies.” Reported http://www.khou.com
The university released the following statement in response to the event:
“Texas Southern University welcomes free speech and all viewpoints on campus as part of our collegiate experience. Today’s event, which was scheduled at Thurgood Marshall School of Law, ended early because it was not a registered university student organization event.
“Our campus is open and welcoming to all state and elected officials. TSU President Dr. Austin Lane was meeting with a state senator when he received word of the event at the Thurgood Marshall School of Law. Dr. Lane went to the event to see State Rep. Briscoe Cain, students and faculty, and then learned that it was an unauthorized Texas Southern University student organization event. Our vice president of Student Affairs has since met with the student organizer and informed him of university procedures. Several events have been cancelled in the past on campus because procedures were not followed. We welcome the return of any guest speaker for deliberative dialogue on our campus in accordance with university procedures.”Reported http://www.khou.com
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