“Because the measure did not receive a majority either way, the Council does not officially endorse the initiative”
The fact that this was a narrow rejection means the left will simply regroup and double down on their efforts, just watch.
The College Fix reports:
Brown student government narrowly rejects bid to remove Roman statues
Student activists at Brown University recently failed to convince the Ivy League institution’s student government to endorse its resolution to remove two Roman statues on campus, but only by a slight amount.
Decolonization at Brown wanted the University Council of Students to pass a resolution in support of removing a statue of Marcus Aurelius and a statue of Caesar Augustus. However, that vote recently failed to achieve a majority of votes after 14 percent of student representatives abstained from taking a position on the resolution.
The proposal did receive a plurality of support, however.
“46.4 percent of general body members who voted decided in favor of endorsing DAB’s initiative,” the student paper The Brown Daily Herald reported. The paper said that “39.3 percent voted against endorsement, and 14.3 percent abstained.”
“Because the measure did not receive a majority either way, the Council does not officially endorse the initiative,” the paper reported. The vote had been postponed from its original scheduled vote of October 22 and pushed to November 4.
Activists previously argued in a student publication that removal of the statues “is one step in a broader project of decolonization by confronting Brown’s institutional and ideological legacies of colonialism and white supremacy.”
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