Student activists from Long Island’s Hofstra University -the site of former presidential debates- demanded the removal of a Thomas Jefferson statue over the weekend; saying the founding father’s memorial represents “racism and slavery.”
“Students participated Friday in the second annual ‘Jefferson Has Gotta Go!’ event over the statue that has been subject to protests and acts of vandalism in the past, with some previously defacing it with ‘DECOLONIZE’ and ‘Black Lives Matter’ slogans,” reports Fox News.
“Jefferson’s values aided in the construction of institutionalized racism and justified the subjugation of black people in the United States,” the petition read. “Jefferson has been embraced as an icon by white supremacist and neo-nazi organizations such as the Ku Klux Klan and online white supremacist chat rooms.”
“Yes, the removal of the statue is important, but it is about what the statue represents: a legacy of racism and bigotry on college campuses,” added one activist.
Read the full report at Fox News.
CAMPUS CHAOS: Liberal Colleges Clampdown on 'Offensive' Halloween Costumes
As college students prepare to enjoy Halloween festivities throughout the country, liberal universities across the US are releasing new guidelines restricting costumes that some may find “offensive.”
The “Inclusion” policy released by Northern Arizona University warns students of the dangers of “cultural appropriation,” telling them to avoid dressing as caricatures of a “culture that is not one’s own.”
“Cultural appropriation means adopting a cultural product in terms of local meanings and practices. In its broadest sense the term means taking an existing cultural form from one social group and replaying it in another with different meanings or practices,” said the school’s website.
The University of St. Thomas also released policies regarding “acceptable student costumes” in an article titled, “Costume or Cultural Appropriation?”
“The leaves are falling, the temperature is dropping, and Halloween is just around the corner. Many would argue that Halloween is the day of the year where you can be whoever, or whatever you want. However, it’s important to know the distinction between what is funny and what is cultural appropriation,” writes the author.
“Does my costume represent a culture that is not my own?” it urges students to ask before leaving their dormitories.
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CAMPUS REFORM: Calif. College 'Discontinues' Pledge of Allegiance Due to History of ‘White Nationalism’
The Board of Trustees for a city college in Santa Barbara, California effectively banned the Pledge of Allegiance from future meetings this week; saying they’ve decided to “discontinue” its use after discovering its “history and symbolism” related to “White Nationalism.”
According to Campus Reform, “The Santa Barbara City College Board of Trustees President says the Pledge of Allegiance to the American flag is ‘steeped in expressions of nativism and white nationalism.’”
Campus Reform obtained exclusive emails from the Trustees explaining the decision to ban the patriotic tradition.
“I decided to discontinue use of the Pledge of Allegiance for reasons related to its history and symbolism,” said one email. “I have discovered that the Pledge of Allegiance has a history steeped in expressions of nativism and white nationalism.”
“I also object to the phrase ‘one nation under God,’” added the letter. “The First Amendment not only protects freedom of speech and religion [but] it also expressly prohibits laws that establish a religion.”
Read the full report at Campus Reform.