While GOP front-runner Donald Trump may love to endlessly brag about how everyone “loves” him, some students in Chicago say they most certainly don’t love the man with the dead animal on his head, and they don’t want him speaking on their campus this Friday.
Thousands of students at the University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC) have begun circulating a petition calling on the university to cancel an appearance by Trump. So far, that petition, which states a Trump rally “has no place in Chicago but especially not at an institution of higher learning” has 43,000 signatures on it.
The petition also reads:
‘In many instances Trump rallies have led to students, youth, and people of color being violently attacked by attendees. UIC should not be host to hate. Please cancel the event.’
Trump is scheduled to speak Friday evening at the UIC pavillion.
Students who began circulating the petition online also cited Trump’s inflammatory statements about Hispanics and Muslims as a reason they don’t want him at their school, noting in the language of the document:
‘The platform Donald Trump would announce at the UIC Pavilion is a direct attack on much of the UIC student body – from mass deportation to a ban on muslims to a refusal to denounce the KKK, not to mention regular insults to women. If UIC is a ‘minority serving institution’ that comes with specific responsibility. And that doesn’t include serving white supremacists or hosting events that put the student body at risk of altercations with attendees who have a history of violent attacks on people of color at his rallies.’
UIC Chancellor Michael Amiridis commented on the student initiative to keep Trump off the school’s campus:
‘UIC’s core values of freedom, equality and social justice for all, regardless of race, religion, national origin, disability status or sexual orientation, are deeply rooted in our diverse community and not endangered by the presence of any political candidate on campus,” We encourage public and civic engagement by all members of our University and we endorse the idea that the answer to speech that one does not like or finds offensive is more speech and not censorship.’
Maybe, but isn’t the first priority of any college of university to do things which enrich rather than enrage the student body?
Here’s Trump in September of last year making comments about Muslims: