“This is outrageous and we demand a response from the administration of Mount Holyoke”
The arrogance of these students is stunning. They’re outraged that anyone would dare honor the police anywhere near their school.
Campus Reform reports:
Students outraged that college wouldn’t cancel off-campus Back the Blue rally
Students tried to pressure the administration at Mount Holyoke College to ban a pro-Trump, Back the Blue demonstration across the street from the Massachussetts campus.
The rally was hosted by local correctional officers and Pioneer Valley Massachusetts for Trump 2020 on Sept. 7 at the Village Commons in South Hadley, Massachusetts, which is across the street from the college.
The rally came to students’ attention on September 2 through an anonymous post on the Instagram page “BIPOC at Mount Holyoke.”.
“I know that most students aren’t on campus, but there’s a ‘Back the Blue’ (pro-police) and pro-Trump standout at the village commons in South Hadley this weekend,” it read. “It’s right across the street from campus. I’m only reaching out because I hope student pressure on admin can create a response from the college.”
Students immediately took action, planning counter-protests in the comment section.
However, since the majority of students aren’t on campus due to the coronavirus pandemic, multiple organizations created a “Petition against ‘Back the Blue’ Rally” titled “Safety for LGBTQ+ and POC members.”
Various campus organizations signed the petition, including Black at Mount Holyoke and the BIPOC at Mount Holyoke Instagram account,.
The petition garnered more than 1,600 signatures.
“This is outrageous and we demand a response from the administration of Mount Holyoke,” the petition stated. “By maintaining silence about the upcoming events, the school is encouraging a gathering of people who could threaten our community’s safety.”
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