It seems the evil Chalk Terrorists have struck again. Striking fear into Leftists again.
Student government leaders at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga have demanded one of its members to resign over chalking a message on campus supporting Donald Trump.
In a message posted to Twitter early Wednesday morning, the incoming government slate called “Empower UTC” said they asked one of the participants in their coalition, Hailey Puckett, to leave student government over her pro-Trump artwork.
According to the message, Puckett’s values “do not line up with the pillars we’ve established ourselves on.”
Pro-Trump sidewalk chalk messages have led to student protests, calling the campus police, and labeling such messages a “racist act.” Now, a student newspaper editorial at Marshall University says “Campus chalkings blur the line of free speech and hate speech.”
The specific message at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia, read “Trump 2016 #BuildTheWall.”
The editorial notes that Physical Plant employees removed the chalk message, but they “however, could not wash away the aftertaste left behind the situation.”
The “aftertaste” of what the piece sees as leaning toward “hate speech” reflected a trend of students participating in #TheChalkening contest, which was about standing up against political correctness and for free speech. The editorial didn’t name the trend, but noted “Dan Scavino, social media director of the Trump campaign, posted a photo of a pro-Trump hashtag on the side of a Huntington student rental house…”
Old Row, the group behind #TheChalkening, mentioned during a Wednesday podcast that there have been 106 confirmed campus participants, with about 50 unconfirmed.
— Dan Scavino (@DanScavino) April 2, 2016
Marshall University president Jerry Gilbert acknowledged this in part of his statement on the incident (emphasis is original):
At Marshall, we welcome and embrace all members of our university and local community, regardless of their national origin, race, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, veteran status or disabilities. We have no walls around our university and it is an open access campus.
Furthermore, we endorse the First Amendment rights of our students, faculty and staff to express themselves in oral and written word, including chalking on our sidewalks…
The editorial also reflects a concern for international students, “specifically groups of students of various religions and ethnicities Trump has threatened to deport, monitor or remove if he’s elected into the Oval Office.” The editorial fails to mention that Trump has not sought to deport international students based on their ethnicity, but if they were in the country illegally.
Illegal Aliens: read Obama and The Left’s PREFERRED AMERICANS.
Casidy Campbell, a 21-year-old senior at Emory, said in an interview that the pro-Trump messages contained phrases like “Build a Wall” and “Accept the Inevitable,” and said that the messages were written near multicultural spaces, like the black student union.
“We’re not here to infringe on people’s First Amendment rights,” Ms. Campbell said. “Think about how your language can be oppressive toward other people.”
I wish the Left would consider that. But they are too sanctimonious for that to happen.
One high-profile critic is Newt Gingrich, a former House speaker and a longtime Georgia congressman. He is also an Emory alum.
“As an Emory alum I am worried about the fragility and timidity of some students. In the age of ISIS how can a name in chalk be frightening?” Mr. Gingrich wrote on Twitter on Thursday, adding, “Emory has me worried because I thought college was a place to grow up and explore ideas not a place to hide and be intimidated by trivia.”
Not according to The Left.
Shegufta Huma, a Kansas student who shared a photo of the chalkings, demanded that the university comment: “Is this the post-racial paradise folks pretend exists?”