A feminist group from Marquette University is demanding that their university president cancel a event where conservative radio host Ben Shapiro is set to speak. The speech is planned for later this week.
Last week, hundreds of rioters destroyed the University of California at Berkeley over the school’s refusal to ban fellow conservative firebrand Milo Yiannopoulos from speaking on campus.Image Credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images
In a letter obtained by a student organization, Young America’s Foundation (YAF), the group, Marquette Empowerment, claim it would be inappropriate to hold an event with Ben Shapiro because it’s Black History Month. The group claims that the celebration of Black History Month would be “interrupted by Shapiro’s talk.”Image Credit: Michael Schwartz/Getty Images
The group adds a qualifier in the letter:
“While we recognize and respect the variety of political opinions at Marquette, we also recognize that this is not a political issue: it is an issue of basic human rights and dignity.”
In an effort to specifically address those most affected by Shapiro speaking during Black History Month, the feminist group pose this one question to university president, President Lovell:
“How will you explain to Students of Color that the discrimination and microaggressions they experience daily is not an illusion?”
In the letter, the feminist group bashes Shapiro from the very beginning.
“Shapiro is a well-known political commentator who has built a career around perpetuating racism and xenophobia and actively fighting against human dignity.”
They continue to highlight the objections they harbor against Ben Shapiro’s beliefs, one by one. The letter mentions Shapiro’s beliefs about Muslim immigrants, people of color, and the “plague of sexual assault on college campuses,” which they write he believes is a “political scam”:Image Credit: Screenshot/Marquette University
Marquette University was in the news just last week when a Marquette program assistant was caught trying to falsify seat numbers in an attempt to prevent students from attending the upcoming speech with Ben Shapiro. So far, no administrators have given a public statement or apology about the incident, nor have they released any statements addressing the speaker’s scheduled appearance on campus.