Last month, shortly after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, conservative students at Union College in New York released a statement decrying Floyd’s “unjust killing” while urging students to reject the narrative that it was representative of systemic racism throughout American law enforcement.
The Young Americans for Freedom wrote: “YAF Union College mourns the unjust killing of George Floyd, a clear example of the use of excessive force and abuse of power by a law enforcement officer…Supports the right of all Americans to peacefully protest and to petition the government, rights guaranteed by our constitution, which we hold dearly…Condemns the use of violence, looting, and vandalism, as a means of promoting a political message, as it hurts the communities, people, livelihoods, and cohesion of our country, and is a fundamental affront to law and order…Rejects the false and damaging narrative that our justice system and law enforcement systematically act in a manner that is based, brutal, or unfair, while acknowledging the unfortunate reality of appalling and unjust outlier cases.”
Seems like a very compassionate, reasonable statement, no? Well, then you can probably guess the reaction.
“I advise you to take this post down,” wrote one respondent. “It’s disrespectful and inaccurate. Not only do you have a plethora of online resources that can educate you on this matter, you have a number of students and faculty members of color who would very much disagree with that last statement. Good attempt but try again.”
Oh no, there are some people of color who would disagree? That means it’s hate speech!
“Being that this is a college organization and you made a statement essentially DENYING that the policing and criminal justice system are corrupt when they were BUILT on the foundation of slavery and a MULTITUDE of resources have been circulating the internet exposing the entire system as being so inherently racially biased is quite disappointing,” raged one student.
Wow, there’s stuff “circulating on the internet” that says the “entire system” is racist? What were these conservatives thinking?
Now, of course, we expect that leftist college students will behave like wild seahorses, so that’s no surprise. The problem comes when those students petition the school’s administrators to release personal member information of the YAF club…and are given that information!
“YAF reported that Director of Student Activities Lauren Dougherty reached out to them after multiple student requests regarding its leadership,” reports Campus Reform.
This struck the club as completely unacceptable. As they told the site: “The story has continued to spread over the last several weeks. Rather than the simple fact that our names and contacts were released, the issues that should be stressed is the dangerous precedent it sets of not respecting and protecting students’ privacy and safety. The school, knowing full well that we were being slandered by vile comments and disgusting labels, insisted on following their unwritten ‘practice’ of releasing this information.”
Can you just imagine the reaction if the political roles were reversed? Hell, we can still remember when a university’s newspaper actually had to apologize for quoting protesters by name not that long ago. These racial agitators are determined to keep themselves anonymous, but boy, they don’t hesitate when it comes to exposing the identities of their ideological enemies.
Which, okay, fine. But when a school’s administration goes along with that effort, we have a serious problem.