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Conservative Student Group at U. Illinois Urbana-Champaign Pressured to Support Black Lives Matter

Conservative Student Group at U. Illinois Urbana-Champaign Pressured to Support Black Lives Matter

“affirmatively stating that black lives matter and pledging to be anti-racist”

You will be made to care. The Federalist Society at this school is facing a campaign to blacklist them if they don’t bend to the left’s demands.

Campus Reform reports:

Conservative student group threatened with blacklisting for refusing to sign BLM letter

A group of students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign signed a letter of demands to the Federalist Society chapter at the university after the chapter stated it would remain neutral on the Black Lives Matter movement.

“I am incredibly proud to be part of an institution among leaders who, when faced with the recent cries from the black community who has for their entire existence in this country been oppressed, amplified these cries loud enough so that those in power will finally hear,” began the letter authored by University of Illinois College of Law student Celestina Radogno, a copy of which Campus Reform has obtained.

“But amongst the dialogue and the cries, there is a tangible silence that should not be ignored. This is the silence of the Federalist Society,” the letter continued. It went on to explain that the Federalist Society did not sign a letter “affirmatively stating that black lives matter and pledging to be anti-racist.”

The letter acknowledges that “FedSoc communicated that they were not allowed to issue or sign onto ANY statements per policy/orders of the National FedSoc leaders,” but dismissed the claim as “disingenuous.”

“FedSoc DOES make statements,” alleged the letter. “In letter form or not, it makes very strong statements and veils them as ‘debates.’”

“For example, FedSoc made a statement when it invited and hosted speakers to talk about minimum wage, affirmative action, and labor unions. FedSoc made a statement when it invited a speaker who advocated for overturning Roe v. Wade. And FedSoc certainly made a statement when it invited a speaker who, when asked point blank, said that he would overturn the Supreme Court decision declaring the right for same-sex couples- people like me and many of my friends- to marry,” the letter stated.

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“FedSoc DOES make statements,” alleged the letter. “In letter form or not, it makes very strong statements and veils them as ‘debates.’”

Hmm…debates by their very nature offer opposing views discussed within a structured framework in order to consider different opinions. So…no debate they have hosted, if it was a debate, held a particular viewpoint as the ‘proper’ opinion to hold.

They are being asked to ‘pledge allegiance’ to a GROUP masquerading as a movement. The group of student applying pressure ought to be introduced to the idea of ‘respectful exchange of ideas’ as a concept.

healthguyfsu | July 30, 2020 at 10:52 pm

Invited speakers are not statements no matter what your little fantasy world believes to be true.

That’s like saying every professor who teaches about Karl Marx is a red army communist just because he was mentioned.

Furthermore, she’s demanding that they sign a letter that they did not write. They don’t even get to make their own statement…but she demands they sign under coercion (which is not agreement at all).

celsius1939 | July 31, 2020 at 7:44 am

As a graduate of this university I am appalled at the attempt by students to force a group to support BLM. It is a fascist group and promotes riots and really bad behavior. This is not the Illinois that I attended back in the 60’s. We were a better group of students back then.

The Real Truth | July 31, 2020 at 9:55 am

How disgusting, that students are being FORCED to “Pledge Allegiance” to a Marxist/Socialist Organization, that DOES NOT care at all about Black people ! The entire organization is a well thought out FRAUD, that even fooled some really HUGE Corporations into giving them HUGE sums of money ! The ONLY REASON this org. exist, is to bring our Government down, and replace it with a Socialist form of Government, like Venezuela !

The major reason why students “of color” are so disruptive on campuses is because they know that their fellow students along with faculty know that they are there not on their merits but as the equivalent of political appointees. And since the University of Illinois law school is at the most generous a second-rate institution, you can imagine the qualifications of such students there. It was so desperate that it was caught issuing false statistics about the quality of its students

As an alum of this university and College of Law, I am truly appalled at their hard left turn and their lack of protection for the First Amendment and other Constitutional rights. Under the current Dean and Chancellor, they constantly push hard left issues.
The University of Illinois law school used to be well respected and had some nationally recognized professors, but those times are over.
And they’ll never see a nickel from me.

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