Add Massachusetts’ Amherst College to the list of schools joining the uprising to protest perceived racial injustice, and demanding punishment for people who express themselves in a non-liberal, progressive way.
Among the demands of the students, known as “Amherst Uprising,” who commandeered the school’s library all night Thursday and into Friday, are the abolishing of First Amendment rights on campus as posted on its Amherst Soul website.
President Martin must issue a statement to the Amherst College community at large that states we do not tolerate the actions of student(s) who posted the “All Lives Matter” posters, and the “Free Speech” posters that stated that “in memoriam of the true victim of the Missouri Protests: Free Speech.” Also let the student body know that it was racially insensitive to the students of color on our college campus and beyond who are victim to racial harassment and death threats; alert them that Student Affairs may require them to go through the Disciplinary Process if a formal complaint is filed, and that they will be required to attend extensive training for racial and cultural competency.
President Martin must issue a statement of support for the revision of the Honor Code to reflect a zero-tolerance policy for racial insensitivity and hate speech.
As with other recent uprisings, the students demanded a “safe space” to discuss the uprising in classes and commanded the school’s President Biddy Martin to issue an “apology to students, alumni and former students, faculty, administration and staff who have been victims of several injustices including but not limited to our institutional legacy of white supremacy, colonialism, anti-black racism, anti-Latin racism, anti-Native American racism, anti-Native/ indigenous racism, anti-Asian racism, anti-Middle Eastern racism, heterosexism, cis-sexism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism, ableism, mental health stigma, and classism.”
Social media had plenty to say to the Amherst students, and none of it sounded like an apology.
— Marc Daalder (@marcdaalder) November 13, 2015
— ADMIRAL McHERO (@PsychokineticEX) November 13, 2015
The #AmherstUprising demands are ridiculous. There’s already backlash from reasonable people who would otherwise agree with students.
— Jason Ellison (@jsellison23) November 13, 2015
#AmherstUprising does not tolerate “All Lives Matter” or “Free Speech” – let that sink in a minute. And disregard any resumes from Amherst.
— Bill Benedict (@billbene) November 13, 2015
@BZayatz No one is obligated to care about “hurt feelings”, especially if you’re trying to curtail the basic freedoms of others.
— Evan deCatanzaro (@edecatan) November 13, 2015
— Anonymous Dude (@puaprobz) November 13, 2015
They can take their radical asses to China and find out what it means to not have a 1A. Disgusting ingrates! #AmherstUprising
— Lisa (@Flyingright1) November 13, 2015
Aall those who support the #AmherstUprising U try and repeal Free Speech through Government intervention, u invite War thats what u will get
— Doug An American Vet (@AmericanVet3) November 13, 2015
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