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.