Students Outraged Over School Refusing To Stop Rally
Liberals don't seem to understand that as Americans we still have the freedom of speech. But I guess that is understandable as they are constantly trying to silence anyone that has an opposing opinion, claiming they are being "offensive." So students being taught by these super libs were of course outraged when their school allowed a Pro-Trump, Pro-Police rally to take place adjacent to their school, on property that the college didn't even own...
"Students tried to pressure the administration at Mount Holyoke College to ban a pro-Trump, Back the Blue demonstration across the street from the Massachusetts 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."
"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.”
“Although Mount Holyoke is a space that encourages the opinions of all students to be shared, they should not tolerate the sharing of harmful rhetoric,” it continued. “The implication of the stance held by the ‘Back the Blue’ rally is in direct opposition to the Black Lives Matter movement and the safety of all POC groups and LGBTQ+ community.”
“This goes against the inclusive and progressive message of Mount Holyoke as an institution and a community,” it went on."
The college responded to the student's petition, explaining that they have similar beliefs but feel that the freedom of speech needs to be maintained. They also stressed that the rally is not even on school grounds.
"To defend free speech is to defend the most fundamental and most important of human freedoms, even when, as the ACLU article makes explicit, some views expressed “are antithetical to the very freedom the First Amendment stands for,” otherwise “no one's liberty will be secure. In that sense, all First Amendment rights are ‘indivisible.’ ”
The College cannot, then, prevent an assembly from being held on town property in proximity to the campus. We fully anticipate that the current political climate will give rise to other events and social media posts representing a range of views, many of them extreme, over which the College has no jurisdiction or control."
Activist group Black at Mount Holyoke College responded to the school, angry for allowing the rally to happen.
"While we understand that the administration has no legal control over what happens at the gazebo, our concern lies within the protocol, or lack thereof, that has been mentioned to ensure the safety of the students who are currently on campus. Rather than addressing the actual concern of the petition, which is very clearly noted in its name, the administration made it clear that the rally is protected by the First Amendment. This response from the institution negates the Anti-Racism plan, which was released only days ago, because rather than taking the next step to ensure that the students who are staying on campus are safe, they simply say that nothing can be done about the rally. You state that you will ensure that the “campus remains safe and that the students and the wider campus community are fully supported and heard.” We demand to know what specific protocols will be put in place and how these will be communicated to students on campus. Our campus community means everything to us, so we need to feel reassured that they will be protected.]"
So what is the school supposed to hire security to ensure students are safe from the rally across the street? Are they saying everyone that supports the police or Trump is violent? Because in most cases it seems to be the other way around.