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Liberal Student Groups Angry at Cal State-Long Beach for Supporting First Amendment

Liberal Student Groups Angry at Cal State-Long Beach for Supporting First Amendment

“The institution has proven its negligence and violence once more”

The administration defended an event featuring the conservative group Turning Point USA and apparently that’s a big problem.

The College Fix reports:

Student groups furious at Cal State-Long Beach for supporting First Amendment

A coalition of liberal student organizations has condemned California State-Long Beach President Jane Close Conoley and her administration for allowing an event hosted by the school’s Turning Point USA group.

On October 23, TPUSA hosted conservative pundits Charlie Kirk and Candace Owens who were greeted by some 200 demonstrators protesting outside the venue. The activists chanted phrases such as “Go home, fascists” and “Say it loud, say it clear, immigrants are welcome here.”

The day before, President Conoley had sent a reminder email to the campus community about what the First Amendment is all about, noting “free speech rights must be respected and protected” … meaning anyone attempting to thwart Kirk and Owens would be dealt with.

This did not sit well with the progressive CSULB groups. According to the Daily 49er, two days after the event the coalition comprised of organizations such as the Black Student Union, La Raza Student Association, Queers and Allies, and the Young Democratic Socialists of America, published a statement condemning Conoley and the administration for failing to protect and support “marginalized groups on campus.”

“The institution has proven its negligence and violence once more to our community by allowing Turning Point USA’s event to take place on campus on October 23rd,” the statement reads. It also claims the very name of the Turning Point event, “Campus Clash,” “implies violence.”

Like many other far-left campus groups, the coalition demonstrated ignorance of the First Amendment by claiming Conoley “falsely protected Hate Speech [sic] under the guise of freedom of speech.”


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CaliforniaJimbo | November 6, 2018 at 9:22 am

Failing to support marginalized groups on campus? Dare I say the conservative student is the most marginalized group on most campuses.
Libs gone wild

Just because a particular ethnic group has few members on campus does not immediately mean that the group is “marginalized”. When I was a student at WIU there were very few Hispanic students but they were nonetheless a vibrant part of the student body. They would have scoffed at the idea they were marginalized!