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Univ. of Houston student government VP suspended for saying 'all lives matter'
Here's just how Orwellian the American college campus has become. A student government president suspends one of his vice presidents (apparently he has the authority to do that, or he doesn't but he did it anyway) because of an opinion she expressed. Then, he informs everyone that his action in no way violated her freedom of speech.
Next: I consume a chicken and the slaughtered chicken is entirely unaffected by what happened.
Welcome to the Univerrsity of Houston, where student government vice president dared to take to Twitter and declare that all lives matter. This will not do, you realize, the force of the new American fascism came down quickly in the form of a 50-day suspension from her post:
“#ForgetBlackLivesMatter; more like AllLivesMatter,” Rohini Sethi, vice president of the university’s student government association, wrote in the wake of the deadly Dallas shooting in which five police officers were killed. The statement set off a firestorm that student government President Shane Smith to hand down the penalty.
Saying 'all lives matter' is deemed offensive to some African-American groups who have adopted the catch phrase 'black lives matter.' The standard has flummoxed many in the national debate, who believe saying that all lives matter is as innocuous as it is true.
Sethi's suspension was lifted after she showed contrition and agreed to take a "leave of absence" from her post until fall classes begin.
“I have chosen to take these steps on my own because of the division I’ve created among our student body,” Sethi said in a joint statement with Smith last week. “I may have the right to post what I did, but I still should not have. My words at the time didn’t accurately convey my feeling and cause many students to lose their faith in me to advocate for them. I will always continue to learn and be ready to discuss these issues.”
Smith said it was never his intention to trample on free speech.
“For those who were upset due to what they considered a violation of the first amendment, that was never my intention and I apologize for that impression,” Smith said in the statement. “For those that are disappointed by the change, this is a compromise based in the reality of the situation. My stance on racial injustice has always been clear. For all involved, this is truly the best outcome.”
That hostage video statement she issued was really something. To describe her as having "showed contrition" makes it sound like she murdered someone and the jury is being asked to cut her a break and only sentence her to 60 years. And as far as the campus left is concerned, she may as well have done just that.
The gutless student government president wilted awfully quickly in the face of the shrieking that surely confronted him. And you realize this is how the fascism of the left now works. It's true that there remain no technical legal sanctions for daring to utter a phrase disfavored by the left. But there doesn't need to be. The social justice warriors take you down simply by howling and screaming and harassing whoever is in a position to punish you until they do so just to quiet the mob.
What exactly it is about saying "all lives matter" that conflicts with Ms. Sethi's ability to do her job as student government vice president is beyond me, but that's not the point of any of this. The point is to silence certain points of view, and that's done by making an example of the people who step out of line. You either fire them, suspend them or expel them. Then you humiliate them by extracting statements of contrition under duress.
The message: You don't want this to be you, so stay in line.
We might as well elect Hillary. The rest of us are already acting like we want to be a fascist country so we might as well have a president who's perfect for the task.