In response to the ongoing debate over immigration and border security, the Young Americans for Freedom chapter at California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA YAF) planned a series of events to advocate for President Trump’s border wall. CSULA YAF’s initiatives included tabling to distribute information on the crisis along the southern border, signage emblazoned with “Build the Wall,” and a campus lecture by the Daily Wire‘s Michael Knowles.
Internal emails obtained exclusively through Young America’s Foundation’s Censorship Exposed project show a gang of leftist faculty who are as ill-adjusted as the fragile students they teach. CSULA President William Covino and several professors—all clearly suffering from a severe phobia of conservatives—were in hysterics as their own emails show.
When faculty learned that CSULA YAF had begun advocating for a fair and lawful immigration system and a secure border, they became “emotionally and physically triggered” according to professor Carlos Tejada who called the activism initiatives a “‘free speech’ attack.”
“I nearly had to cancel class because of how shaken I am about seeing a ‘Build the Wall’ banner on our campus,” he lamented. The activism project “poses a threat to the mental well-being of many of our students, staff, and faculty [and] violates their sense of safety on their campus,” he added. It “was not simply an exercise of ‘free speech,’ but an outright attack on the psyches and well-being of more than few students, faculty, and staff.”
CSULA President William Covino wrote in a university-wide email that he “cannot remain silent in the face of actions that ostracize our students who are immigrants or children of immigrants,” before complaining that “the actions of a few on our campus [who] lack the compassion and sensitivity that characterize healthy dialogue.”
Dr. Melina Abdullah, a professor and former chair of Pan-African Studies at CSULA decried the YAF chapter as “a White-supremacist student group” in an email to CSULA President Wil