GW Protestors: Placing Us in Police Care is an ‘Act of Violence’ ...
Authored By New Guard Staff
November 17, 2016
GW Protestors: Placing Us in Police Care is an ‘Act of Violence’
By: Sam Cosme
Tuesday afternoon George Washington University students organized a class walkout to express disapproval of the presidential election results. Out of 10,000 undergraduates, only about 400 participated.
I sat in my Poverty, Work, Welfare class, when students dressed in black began shutting their laptops to leave for the protest. The professor, who clearly leans Left, simply shook their hands and told the class “it’s for a good cause.” Another political science professor gave students attendance credit if they missed class to participate in the march.
Protesters presented a radical list of demands directed towards the GW administration (listed below) and carried a pride flag, a Palestinian Flag, and #NotMyPresident signs.
The demands call on the university to stop depending on the university police because doing so constitutes an “act of violence.” They also call on the university to provide regular legal clinics for transgender students in the process of transitioning, “increase its acceptance” of Palestinian students, and provide legal support for “undocumented students and their families.”
Not only are the majority of the requests unfeasible and ludicrous, but they are part of the extremist leftist agenda where they pick and choose which groups of people should get more financial assistance and support. Where will the money for all of these funding demands, especially legal services, come from considering it could amount to tens of thousands of dollars? Why are students calling the service of police officers in the area “an act of violence” when these officers are the people closing down roads for your march?
Instead of encouraging students to hide in their safe spaces and leave class because of an election result they are unwilling to accept, why don’t we teach students to understand that there are going to be people in the real world with a diverging opinion and that they, more often than not, have to accept that reality?
In response to these demands, GW YAF released a statement slamming the protestors, remarking, “We hope the University will stand against this radical list of demands and will affirm its commitment to meaningful diversity–a diversity of viewpoints and ideas where we can passionately disagree and yet engage civilly and respectfully. Perhaps if our peers would get off the streets and return to the classroom, we could have that productive dialogue.”
Sam Cosme is an intern at Young America’s Foundation and a member of GW YAF.