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‘Conservative’ student plans to protest #BlackLivesMatter speaker Monday

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Opal Tometi, co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement, is set to visit the university this Monday, and it appears that not everyone on campus is excited about it.

According to a tweet from @SidneyNicole_, “countless conservative” students are planning a protest of the Black Lives Matter speaker at 2 p.m. at the LBJ Student Center, where Tometi is set to speak at 3 p.m. in the ballroom.

The flyer, lifted by an anonymous student, reads:

“Our beloved university has decided to host a #BlackLivesMatter co-founder Monday in the LBJ student center ballroom at 3 pm. They have done so against the will of countless conservative students life myself. Like it or not, we’re ALL paying for this to happen. #BlackLivesMatter is a VIOLENT hate group that opposes law enforcement so strongly that they kill INNOCENT cops. Don’t believe the media, if you oppose dangerous movements like this you’re NOT alone. You’re not a RACIST. You’re a logical American citizen that realizes the most effective path to racial equality isn’t through violent protests.”

It goes on to say:

“If you’ve ever felt shunned, or like you need to keep your conservative views to yourself, this is your chance to speak up. You’re not alone. There are thousands of us on campus; unfortunately this has become an extremely liberal society where our views are considered ‘politically incorrect.’ Until now, we haven’t had much of a reason to speak up, but Texas State has crossed the line this time. They’re forcing a dangerous movement, and their liberal ideologies down our throats, and it’s our time to have our voices heard.”

It ends by saying:

“Please join us outside the LBJ Student Center Ballroom at 2pm Monday 3/28 to show that we WILL NOT stand for this any longer. If the university wants equality, then they need to hear from our side as well. We’ve stood in the shadows of their liberal presence for long enough.”

According to their website, the Black Lives Matter movement began back in 2012 after the  death of Trayvon Martin and is a group that is working to “(re)build the Black liberation movement” and the validity of black life.

As of Friday at 5 p.m., the university was unaware of the protest, but plans to look into any complaints that were filed on Monday, according to Matt Flores, university spokesperson.

“If somebody was booked to give a speech in a specific venue, there are rules for discourse,” he said.

He added that students can peaceably voice their opinions, but there are different rules for protests in quarters outside buildings as opposed to inside.

 

 

8 COMMENTS

  1. They could at least use proper grammar. They are making conservatives look like idiots.

    Aside from that, black lives matter is not a hate group or violent. Black lives matter does not oppose the police in any way. They do oppose police corruption, as any rational American citizen should.

  2. I don’t understand how the University is forcing an agenda ‘down our throats’. If you don’t want to listen to liberals because you’re conservative then just don’t go. Taking away someone’s right of speech is the most backwards form of equality I’ve ever heard of, but if that’s what your conservative beliefs lead you to believe…then continue trying to suppress others’ voices.That’s exactly what this statement is suggesting and I find it hilarious that silencing those with opposing views can be seen as an American value. It’s not. It’s wrong and uneducated to claim such a thing.

  3. First off, I see little to no gramattical errors by the author of the this article or the flyer, so I’m not entirely sure how that’s “making conservatives look bad”- must’ve been a liberal poster getting her jabs by any means necessary. Secondly, the university is forcing their agenda down our throats by hosting a group like BLM. Imagine if we hosted a group that promoted ANY other races well-being, such as the KKK, Nazis, #WhiteLivesMatter, etc., you get the picture. Lastly, how is anything in that flyer suppressing anyone’s free speech? Sounds to me like they’re trying to voice their opinion, not restrict anyone else’s. As a conservative student myself I can tell you the oppression on campus is real. People look at you and treat you like you’re clinically insane if you mention supporting the Republican Party, much less Trump. You want to know what it’s like to have your free speech impose upon? Go talk pro-Trump around campus, they’ll eat you alive.

  4. Please during your protest walk on stage and take the microphone. Do not let her speak. Give her and her movement the same respect that they show others. They use the first amendment while shutting others freedoms out. You are dead on with it being a racist hate group. They support segregation of public facilities. They support criminals.

  5. I do not understand what is conservative or liberal about race. Conservatism can be about economics, politics, and perhaps religion or traditions. Not race. Opal Tometi and the other co-founders of Black Lives Matter are jointly listed at No. 27 on Forbes list of the world’s greatest leaders http://fortune.com/2016/03/24/black-lives-matter-great-leaders/. I am proud that Texas State University is hosting her as a speaker. Black Lives Matter is not anti-white, and is most certainly not a hate group. The following link is to a Reddit post explaining simply why “All Lives Matter” is not an appropriate response to the statement “Black Lives Matter.” This post is being re-quoted in several different online articles as a succinct easy-to-digest explanation of why this phrase is appropriate for a movement that is trying to improve a specific situation for black American citizens. https://np.reddit.com/r/explainlikeimfive/comments/3du1qm/eli5_why_is_it_so_controversial_when_someone_says/ct8pei1

  6. Texas State student here, I have no problems with free speech whether you believe BlackLivesMatter is a great group or a horrible, hate group.

    I do not like the fact however that they are paying a guest speaker from BLM using OUR TUITION money. I am 100% against this idea, and I support any Txst students protesting this moronic idea, especially a group like BLM that promotes violence.

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