Black Student Activists Demand Defunding of College Republicans: They ‘Oppose our Humanity’

Greg Piper, College Fix, October 30

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If you invite speakers we call white supremacists, you aren’t worthy of receiving student government money funded by your own fees.

That’s the crux of the argument by the Black Students’ Organization at Columbia University against the College Republicans chapter.

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The Columbia Daily Spectator reports that the BSO brought a proposal before the Student Governing Board to block the CRs from receiving future funding.

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“We do not support, in any capacity, giving a platform to beliefs that blatantly oppose our livelihood and humanity, and especially not in the name of intellectual diversity,” BSO said in its proposal.

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“If the word ‘white supremacist’ can be applied to a person, maybe don’t invite them to our campus,” Nicole Allicock, CC ’18 and CCSC vice president of policy, said.

Allicock went even further, suggesting that the CRs be required to provide a list of potential speakers to the Student Council.

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An academic affairs representative, Dafne Murillo, said it wouldn’t harm the CRs to be defunded or derecognized because the club could still rent spaces for events as an unrecognized group.

That’s an expensive proposition. Two Christian student groups that refused to let non-Christians run for leadership positions were derecognized by the California State University system for a year.

They finally agreed “in writing” to let non-Christians run for leadership after paying steep rental fees for rooms on campus that they previously got for free, moving more events off-campus and watching their attendance plummet.

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That will chill the speech of the CRs.

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