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Just in time for Memorial Day weekend, when Americans honor their fallen soldiers, sailors airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen, DePaul University president made a shocking comparison.
He likened Black Lives Matter protesters to the allied forces who stormed the beaches of Normandy on June 6, 1944 — D-Day.
Earlier in the week, Black Lives Matter activists took over and shut down a College Republicans event featuring conservative pundit Milo Yiannopoulos.
The following day university president Rev. Dennis Holtschneider issued a letter that, on the one hand condemned the activists’ actions, but on the other compared them to the brave heroes who stormed the beaches and scaled the cliffs in a bloody assault on Normandy.
“Yesterday’s speaker was invited to speak at DePaul, and those who interrupted the speech were wrong to do so,” Holtschneider wrote from Normandy. “I was ashamed for DePaul University when I saw a student rip the microphone from the hands of the conference moderator and wave it in the face of our speaker. […] Here in Normandy, I expected to be moved by the generosity of those who gave their lives on the beaches early on June 6, 1944. I did not expect, however, to be shocked when I realized that most of the soldiers were the same ages as our students today. The rows on rows of white crosses in the American cemetery speak to the selflessness of the human spirit at early adulthood to lay down their lives for a better world.”
Then he got to the comparison.
“I realize that many of yesterday’s protesters hold similarly noble goals for a more inclusive world for those traditionally held aside by our society.”
Out of the approximate 160,000 allied troops that invaded Normandy during those early morning hours, more than 9,000 were either injured or lost their lives.
Earlier in the letter, Holtschneider actually criticized Yiannopoulos’s rhetoric at the event, calling it “unworthy of university discourse.”
“Generally, I do not respond to speakers of Mr. Yiannopoulos’ ilk, as I believe they are more entertainers and self-serving provocateurs than the public intellectuals they purport to be,” he wrote. “ Their shtick is to shock and incite a strong emotional response they can then use to discredit the moral high ground claimed by their opponents.”
Also heralding in Memorial Day, President Obama appeared to apologize to the Japanese for winning World War II. At least Holtschneider’s comments stopped short of that.
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