Two months ago, a pair of Arizona State University students were harassed while quietly studying in a campus “multicultural learning space.”
Their alleged crime, as The Free Press reported at the time, was being two white men in a place where others who are not white men believe “multicultural” means “white free.”
“This is our space. You’re making this space uncomfortable,” one of two black women told the men as the incident was videoed. “You’re white! Do you understand what a multicultural space [is] … White is not a culture!” she said.
She claimed their presence was unsettling because one had a “Police Lives Matter” sticker on his laptop, and the other wore a T-shirt that said, “Didn’t Vote for Biden.”
The school responded by saying the Dean of Students Office would discuss the incident with all who were involved, according to Breitbart News. “ASU is a community of more than 100,000 people from all 50 states and more than 150 countries. Differences of opinion are part of the university experience. The university expects respectful dialogue between students in all engagements,” the university told Breitbart.
In a surprise move – surprising at least to some conservatives – the university eventually considered sanctions against the women.
Administrators earlier this month leaned toward finding them in violation of the student code of conduct for “interfering with or disrupting university or university-sponsored activities,” as well as “stalking or engaging in repeated or significant behavior toward another individual, whether in person, in writing, or through electronic means, after having been asked to stop, or doing so to such a degree that a reasonable person, subject to such contact, would regard the contact as unwanted.”
Brietbart now reports that at least a dozen faculty members are lobbying for the university to drop the charges against the women. And they seek to enlist more to their cause, as an email to that effect has been circulated among the staff asking for signatures.
Their rationale? The women were provoked by the men.
The white guys, Breitbart reported of the email, displayed “symbols” that were “linked to systemic racism and discrimination in America.”
Such symbols “can only be seen as provocative microaggressions when perpetrated by members of a privileged majority in a space meant to provide security and safety for members of marginalized groups,” the email continued.
Apparently these faculty members agree white is not a culture.
By the way, the symbols that created the “provocative microaggressions” not only included the sticker and the T-shirt, but also a Chik-fil-A cup, the professors argued.
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