Harassment of conservative groups on college campuses is hardly news anymore; it’s merely a reality that lone conservatives have to endure on their acidic American college campuses.
Last week College Republicans at the University of Santa Cruz in California were verbally harassed and accosted during their regularly scheduled meeting by a group of rogue student protesters. The video footage has been widely viewed and aids in showing the contempt that conservatives are met with when trying to engage the opposite side in productive dialogue.
I spoke at length about the situation with Brandon Lang, the president of the Santa Cruz College Republicans. They are the first conservative campus club in recent years. The group met with some resistance at first. A table was flipped and flyers were thrown earlier this year. However, Brandon asserted that the majority of students on campus are supportive of their right to exist and organize, and they have been met with more acceptance from liberal students, than with violence: “Most of campus doesn’t support the violent left…every bad encounter we have had also contained a glimmer of hope.”
Brandon also explained his personal experience with regards to the wider picture of the American political climate: “What we saw [at Santa Cruz] was a perfect example of how a vocal minority is trying to infiltrate [the left], but they actually don’t have significant support.”
Fortunately, this story doesn’t end with administrative neglect or suppression. The student life managers and advisers for campus organizations came to the aid of the College Republicans. They went to great lengths to let the student body know that Santa Cruz supports all students who want to organize and grow support for their cause.
Their adviser and other administrative staff attended the next meeting to make sure it was uninterrupted. The meeting following the dramatic incident was attended by 60 people – their largest meeting that year.
This situation is incredibly different from the disruption and protest situations we have seen at Kansas University, Berkeley, and others this year. It’s too bad that a story of administrative support and protections isn’t the norm.
Brandon spoke to the atmosphere at other universities: “There is hope for other campuses. Radical protesters are not popularly supported. The right is growing, and the new direction we are taking is attracting more students.”
To learn more about the Santa Cruz College Republicans, please go to their websites: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UCSCGOP/
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