As the reality of President-Elect Trump’s impending presidency continues to sink in across the country, outraged college students are escalating their demonstrations of vehement distress and indignant antics.
Immediately following Trump’s stunning upset against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Election Day, students began bemoaning the end of civilization as they knew it and bewailing the sharp about-face in the social progress they witnessed under President Obama’s administration. Claiming that everyone except white, straight, legalized citizen males would witness their rights disappear before their very eyes, scores of enlightened students assembled to signal the dangers ahead.
“The Fraternal Order of Police, the largest police union in the United States, has formally endorsed President-elect Donald Trump … Placing us in these officers’ care is an act of violence, especially for Black students.”
And those protests and demonstrations have not ceased since the world ended for the snowflakes on Election Day.
Aggrieved students from George Washington University in Washington, D.C., issued a set of “Demands for Our Campus by Concerned Students” that made their dissatisfaction with the election the responsibility of university administrators. In the lengthy list, student groups noted: “The 2016 presidential election has emboldened the structures of oppression that are embedded in our country at all social, political and economic levels.”
In one of the GWU students’ most bizarre demands, they called on the university to “protect its students” by not forcing them, in an “act of violence,” to remain under the protection of campus police. The reason why, they said, is because the Fraternal Order of Police union endorsed Trump.
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“The university must re-channel its resources and money to its fundamental requirement: to protect its students,” read the students’ letter, which was posted to Facebook and delivered to university administrators lat week. “This safety must not depend on the University’s police. The Fraternal Order of Police, the largest police union in the United States, has formally endorsed President-elect Donald Trump. The FOP includes over 10,000 members in Washington D.C., many of which have jurisdiction over GW’s campus. Placing us in these officers’ care is an act of violence, especially for Black students.”
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The GWU students’ additional demands included requiring the school to “assert itself on the side of students of color,” to become a “place of sanctuary” for undocumented immigrants, to hire an “Undocumented Student Coordinator,” to provide funding and legal resources for students who have undocumented family members, and more.
But GWU was far from alone in seeing its students react strongly to Trump’s victory.
Students from Hampshire College vented their post-election frustration by burning the American flag the college had lowered to half-mast the day after the election. Following the burning, the college decided to temporarily remove American flags from its campus altogether.
The college’s president, Jonathan Lash, sent out a campus-wide email Friday in which he explained that the flag had been lowered to half-mast with the intention of creating “the space for meaningful and respectful dialogue across the multiplicity of perspectives represented in our community.”
“Unfortunately, our efforts to inclusively convey respect and sorrow have had the opposite effect. We have heard from many on our campus as well as from neighbors in the region that, by flying the flag at half-staff, we are actually causing hurt, distress and insult,” Lash wrote, adding that the flag would no longer be flown.
“We hope this will enable us to instead focus our efforts on addressing racist, misogynistic, Islamophobic, anti-immigrant, anti-Semitic and anti-LGBTQ rhetoric and behaviors,” Lash added.
Since Trump’s victory, more than 80 campuses have participated in “sanctuary campus” protests attended by thousands of students. Many of the organized demonstrations were funded by United We Dream, an immigrant youth-led organization that has received tens of thousands of dollars from George Soros’ Open Society Foundations. The protests, which were convened by liberal activists in support of undocumented classmates, were fueled by the “state of resilience and urgency for immigrants,” United We Dream declared the day after Trump’s victory.
“To Donald Trump and the Republican Party we say that we are #HereToStay and we are never backing down,” Cristina Jimenez, executive director and co-founder of United We Dream, said in a statement on Nov. 9. “All people with love in our hearts are angered and disappointed tonight and pledge to resist mass deportation. [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] and [Customs and Border Protection] have proven themselves to be agents of racism and agents of hate. We will resist them. This is our home and we are #HereToStay!”
The students who participated in the protests believe, apparently, that enforcing U.S. immigration laws represents the highest levels of racism, discrimination, and hatred possible.
As coddled college students participate in election-inspired protests, cry-ins, coloring sessions, and more, most of the rest of the adult world, aside from the mainstream media, are calmly waiting to see what kind of president Trump makes — without the hysterics.