A white, military veteran student at Wesleyan wrote an Op-Ed critical of Black Lives Matter. That Op-Ed gained national attention not because of it’s content – but the violent reaction to the article by other students and activists at Wesleyan. Now – to be honest I read the article, and there really wasn’t anything new. As a conservative, the writer tried to tie the BLM movement into the number of murders in urban areas. That whole spiel has been debunked countless times in the last year, and he fact that the writer repeated it is more of an ode to conservative groupthink than pithy commentary. In other words, once a conservative gets a meme hammered into their head by conservative propagandist media…
It stays there, no matter the facts.
Shouldn’t be any cause for alarm or excitement – and it is the First Amendment right of every American to say what they think…Even if wrong.
Some activists at Wesleyan have gone way overboard in their denunciation of the said conservative. Proving another conservative meme that on college campuses, liberal groupthink is the only accepted norm. They have attacked the temerity of the School Paper for publishing a contrary view.
Wrong…Wrong…Wrong! Somebody please rein in these little HItler-Stalin-Putin wannabes! A conservative expressing an opinion in opposition to the beliefs of the minority community is in no way “threatening” anyone. I mean, back in my day you would find a death threat tacked to your dorm room door. The Civil Rights era was about courage. Nobody who has ever seen what those college kids endured at the Woolworth lunch counter has any question about that,
The best way to respond is to write a pro-BLM Op-Ed explaining the logical and factual fallacies of the conservative, and laying out what BLM is trying to accomplish..
Why exactly aren’t they doing that?
A group of activists at Wesleyan University want the school’s student government to defund the campus newspaper for publishing a controversial op-ed that criticized the Black Lives Matter movement.
At least 172 students, staff and recent alumni signed a petition asking that the Wesleyan Argus lose all funding until it meets a number of demands. Signatories pledged to boycott the Argus because it does not “provide a safe space for the voices of students of color and we are doubtful that it will in the future.”
The Sept. 14 op-ed in question was written by Bryan Stascavage, a 30-year-old Iraq war veteran who is a staff writer for the Argus and a member of the class of 2018. Stascavage criticized Black Lives Matter for its role in creating an atmosphere that facilitated and condoned violence, and questioned whether the movement had “the potential for positive change.”
He added, however, that the entire movement should not be stereotyped based on a few extreme members. Stascavage, who says he is a conservative, invoked as an example the “misguided” Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, who refused to hand out marriage licenses to same-sex couples to protest marriage equality. The op-ed argued that Davis, like the members of Black Lives Matter who Stascavage said were causing harm, was a fringe case who did not represent all the members of her cause.
Stascavage told The Huffington Post on Wednesday that he included Davis to show that more mainstream members of a movement may remain silent and allow hard-liners to monopolize the conversation.
“I’m guilty of my own criticism of the movement,” he said, “which is that I haven’t spoken out publicly.”
“I do support a lot of what the [Black Lives Matter] movement does. I was just questioning how they are going about it,” Stascavage continued. “I myself am not 100 percent sure of my own opinions. I write these pieces, put them out into the world and [look forward] to the responses. … On a college campus nuance sort of gets lost, and I realize that now.”
After the op-ed ran, critics demanded that the newspaper issue an apology. Instead, co-editors-in-chief Rebecca Brill and Tess Morgan wrote an editorial on Friday apologizing for the distress the op-ed had caused and the staff’s “carelessness in fact-checking,” but said the newspaper is “open to any writer who wants to share a view, whether or not the Opinion editors and the editors-in-chief agree with it.”
Wesleyan President Michael Roth wrote a blog post over the weekend defending the paper, saying the community should not “demand ideological conformity because people are made uncomfortable.”
The Argus was also planning a “Black Out” issue that would be entirely written by students of color. However, those plans were put to a halt when the staff received a petition Sunday calling for the paper to be boycotted until several demands were met. The organizers who brought the petition accused the newspaper of “supporting institutional racism.” Brill and Morgan declined to identify the organizers.
The petition’s demands include social justice training for all publications and open spaces on campus dedicated to “marginalized groups.”
The Argus covered the petition with a front-page story on Tuesday.…More…