Students took part in a profanity-laced campus “walk out” at the University of New Mexico on Wednesday evening to stand against President-Elect Donald Trump and what they contend are “hateful right wing forces.”
“No Trump, no KKK, no racists, USA,” “f*ck your wall, f*uck Donald Trump!” and “f*ck Trump, f*ck that puto!” were phrases heard among the crowd of roughly 100 students and community members.
Several students in the crowd said their instructors allowed them to come to class late, leave class early, or even skip class altogether to participate.
“This is a call to action to mobilize against those who wish to do us harm at a time when we feel fractured and disempowered,” the event page states. “We will show strength in unity and show these hateful right wing forces that the violent rhetoric of Trump will not suppress our resistance.”
As for the walk out, organizers spoke to the crowd with a megaphone, and expressed their support for Palestinians, Black Lives Matter and people of color, as well as their opposition to America’s history of “capitalism, colonialism and patriarchy.”
President of the Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice, Samia Assed, said she feels “outraged” at the election results, and concerned as a Muslim with Trump’s talk of a Muslim registry.
When asked if the language of the rally, specifically “f*uck Trump, f*uck that puto” displayed hatred, UNM student Ana Carla Passos-Morgan said she felt “people need to show what they are feeling.”
Passos-Morgan emphasized she would not use such language, but that “people do need to show how dissatisfied they are” and “it’s valid as long as there is no violence.”
Passos-Morgan was allowed to show up late to her master’s class, taught by Professor Rebecca Blum Martinez, who also attended the protest.
“I can’t cancel class because I wasn’t here last week … but I just think it’s very important to be out here,” Martinez said, adding she decided to join her students to show “solidarity” and planned to group together after class and talk about the protest.
When asked if Martinez would allow students to miss class to partake in other social gatherings or protests, she said it would be determined based on the number of absences they have in the class.
Benjamin Abbott, a UNM instructor, posted on the event page: “I’m teaching a class during part of this event (4-6:30pm). Is this a literal walkout? What are y’all suggesting to instructors in this regard?” to which the Kiva Club replied: “Yes this is a literal walkout. We are suggesting all instructors participate in this action as well because we are trying to make a statement to the university that our safety matters.”
One poster replied to Abbott with a complaint, however, commenting “shouldn’t instructors … I don’t know … INSTRUCT their students in their scheduled class during this time? Not all students will be walking out… The ones who stay, who have paid for their education, should be given their class time instruction and counted in attendance!”