“some students cried and others struggled to breathe during heated debate over the issue”
The column was also critical of the Black Lives Matter movement, which was likely one of the things that triggered critics.
The College Fix reports:
Georgetown student government votes to condemn peer’s ‘I Love America’ column
The student government at Georgetown University has passed a resolution to condemn their peer for writing a column on his personal website that stated “I love the United States of America” and criticized the Black Lives Matter movement.
In a contentious online hearing Tuesday, the Georgetown University Student Association approved the resolution by voice vote while some students cried and others struggled to breathe during heated debate over the issue.
The lone student targeted in the resolution is Georgetown University junior Billy Torgerson, a member of the College Republicans, who published a column on Independence Day that argued “The United States of America is the first country in the world that is made of free, self-governing individuals.”
“When applied correctly, our national principles are exemplary,” Torgerson wrote in his column, titled “A Nation of Virtuous Individuals” and published on his website American Buckler.
Only two student senators voiced objection to censuring their peer for his personal writings. The rest of the body voted to officially condemn the piece and called on the entire campus community to file bias reports against Torgerson as part of the approved resolution.
“[T]he rhetoric in this article is racist, ignorant, discriminatory, demeaning, and hateful,” it states.
Georgetown University’s media affairs division did not respond to an emailed request Thursday from The College Fix asking if Torgerson will face an administrative probe as a result of student leaders’ lobbying.
As for Torgerson, he’s standing his ground.
“I will never bow to a mob,” he appended to the top of his column along with a longer explanation stating that he stands behind what he wrote while also agreeing there is room for improvement on how he articulated his thoughts.
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