Colorado State University students demand Turning Point USA be expelled from campus as a “white supremacist” group

Posted by on May 4, 2018 6:16 pm
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Without a shred of evidence, a group of students have labeled the Colorado State University chapter of Turning Point USA a “white supremacist” organization, demanding that it be expelled from the campus.

 

The self-styled Students against White Supremacy equated TPUSA with the Ku Klux Klan and demanded that the accredited student  group be “dismantled or kicked off of campus.”

 

 

Charlie Kirk, TPUSA founder and executive director, called the charge slanderous and demanded a retraction and an apology. “First, to compare us with the Klan, a murderous outfit responsible for lynchings and more than a century of hatred against blacks, Catholics, certain ethnic groups and others is outrageous and without foundation,” Kirk said. “Do these students have any concept of history, any understanding of the damage they are doing to the principles for which this country stands by making such unfounded, ludicrous accusations? Obviously not.”

 

 

 

“Second, they obviously don’t know who we are or what we stand for. We are for liberty and the free market. To label people who agree with this philosophy automatically as racist betrays a troubling level of ignorance. Those of us who strongly advocate for freedom can in no way can be charged with the kind of repression that we have been accused of.

 

“Most disturbing, though, is their failure to have the slightest understanding of the First Amendment and free speech. We—all students, actually—have a constitutionally protected right, as enunciated by the U.S. Supreme Court, to assemble and speak our minds. Any attempt by the school’s administration to force us to leave the campus would be illegal and actionable in court.”

 

 

The demand for TPUSA’S eviction came at a school gathering of students and faculty that was intended to demonstrate unity after several racial incidents on campus. Instead, Students against White Supremacy, turned the gathering into a hate fest directed at TPUSA. Signs and a large sheet proclaimed, “NO NAZIS, No KKK, NO TPUSA.”

 

A speaker and leaflets accused the school of allowing TPUSA to “infiltrate” student organizations and student government. “The words and actions of Turning Point USA directly support and encourage white supremacy on this campus and they continue to go unchecked while students of color are left with the burden of healing from the trauma caused by this hateful rhetoric.… [W]e will fight for the dismantling of Turning Point USA at CSU. We demand that they be banned from our campus and our education.”

 

“Turning Point USA tolerates no discrimination and is proud to count people of color among its membership, staff and supporters,” Kirk said. “We, in turn, will request the Colorado State University administration ensure that our rights are protected, in free expression and assembly. We have previously and successfully challenged efforts by ideologues and activists to marginalize and move illegally against our presence on campus. We expect no less from any institution of higher education that is dedicated to its historic mission of free and open debate.”

 

 

 

Without a shred of evidence, a group of students have labeled the Colorado State University chapter of Turning Point USA a “white supremacist” organization, demanding that it be expelled from the campus.

 

The self-styled Students against White Supremacy equated TPUSA with the Ku Klux Klan and demanded that the accredited student  group be “dismantled or kicked off of campus.”

 

 

Charlie Kirk, TPUSA founder and executive director, called the charge slanderous and demanded a retraction and an apology. “First, to compare us with the Klan, a murderous outfit responsible for lynchings and more than a century of hatred against blacks, Catholics, certain ethnic groups and others is outrageous and without foundation,” Kirk said. “Do these students have any concept of history, any understanding of the damage they are doing to the principles for which this country stands by making such unfounded, ludicrous accusations? Obviously not.”

 

 

 

“Second, they obviously don’t know who we are or what we stand for. We are for liberty and the free market. To label people who agree with this philosophy automatically as racist betrays a troubling level of ignorance. Those of us who strongly advocate for freedom can in no way can be charged with the kind of repression that we have been accused of.

 

“Most disturbing, though, is their failure to have the slightest understanding of the First Amendment and free speech. We—all students, actually—have a constitutionally protected right, as enunciated by the U.S. Supreme Court, to assemble and speak our minds. Any attempt by the school’s administration to force us to leave the campus would be illegal and actionable in court.”

 

 

The demand for TPUSA’S eviction came at a school gathering of students and faculty that was intended to demonstrate unity after several racial incidents on campus. Instead, Students against White Supremacy, turned the gathering into a hate fest directed at TPUSA. Signs and a large sheet proclaimed, “NO NAZIS, No KKK, NO TPUSA.”

 

A speaker and leaflets accused the school of allowing TPUSA to “infiltrate” student organizations and student government. “The words and actions of Turning Point USA directly support and encourage white supremacy on this campus and they continue to go unchecked while students of color are left with the burden of healing from the trauma caused by this hateful rhetoric.… [W]e will fight for the dismantling of Turning Point USA at CSU. We demand that they be banned from our campus and our education.”

 

“Turning Point USA tolerates no discrimination and is proud to count people of color among its membership, staff and supporters,” Kirk said. “We, in turn, will request the Colorado State University administration ensure that our rights are protected, in free expression and assembly. We have previously and successfully challenged efforts by ideologues and activists to marginalize and move illegally against our presence on campus. We expect no less from any institution of higher education that is dedicated to its historic mission of free and open debate.”