The following article is a collection of tweets from Kassy Dillon @KassyDillon.
Arranged by: Amanda Kemp
In honor of graduating and getting booed while receiving my diploma, I’d like to reflect on my time at Mount Holyoke College.
It all began freshman year. I met Yvonne Dean-Bailey who was fearlessly conservative and we quickly became well-known and unliked on campus. Our peers began attacking her on campus and online. I remember sitting with her at lunch as people yelled and made fun of her. https://www.campusreform.org/?ID=6117
Yvonne transferred after one year because she won a New Hampshire state representative seat. I was quiet for a while, but after working for Carly Fiorina’s campaign, I wasn’t afraid to voice my views anymore. I began writing for Campus Reform.
My second article involved me going to the infamous “The Triggering” event at UMass Amherst where I captured a video of a protester that went viral.
The woman in this video and her friend were upset about this and asked my school to take disciplinary action for “violating privacy.” Let me remind you this was taken on a public campus, at a public event, at a school where neither of them were even students.
How could I possibly forget when I wanted to invite Ben Shapiro to campus in 2016 and mt student government held a “what is free speech event.” After directly calling me out, I responded. This is what my peers thought of what I had to say.
Then came November 8th, 2016. I did not hide the fact that I voted for Donald Trump. After the election, my peers turned their frustrations toward me. I was physically threatened and harassed, which I wrote about here: https://www.dailywire.com/news/10864/week-after-trumps-win-reaction-liberal-college-kassy-dillon
I soon became the favorite topic for discussion on Yik YaK! (Also in someone’s bedroom?)
It was my greatest honor to be compared to Jorge, the school’s vicious, but adorable, pet goose.
However, some students weren’t as humorous…..
Some students came to my defense….sort of?
Though I have thick skin and usually laugh off any hate sent my way, during this time it started to take a toll on me because they harassed my friends for simply being my friend. One anonymous student must have noticed my frustration and left this for me.
Meanwhile, I was covering a developing story at Hampshire College where students burned down the American flag after Trump won. The college president tried to ban the flag altogether.
The decision was reversed after hundreds of local veterans, gold star families, and community members came together with their flags. It was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen.
As the semester came to an end, my college decided to feature me on the school’s website to display their political diversity. I believe MHC noticed that parents are now looking for political diversity before sending their children off to college. https://www.mtholyoke.edu/media/courage-be-right
Students and alums weren’t too happy about this.
Then I studied abroad. My peers missed me so much that they threatened to shred my College Republican club’s file! https://www.campusreform.org/?ID=8708
I came back strong for senior year and spent most of my time off campus or working. This spring, the leaders of the Women’s March were invited to my campus for a discussion, but refused to answer tough questions. Read my piece about the event in the WSJ: https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-womens-march-holds-a-one-way-discussion-1523574525
Then i decided to host a summit with right-wing female speakers. Some of my peers weren’t too excited and one even wrote a piece expressing what sort of College Republicans we actually need….
Then came graduation. I decided to decorate my cap. Each item on my cap has a story behind it. I decorated my cap to make my final statement: Even though I think differently than you, I’m still your peer. In the real world, you’ll have to work with people you disagree with.
When I walked on stage to accept my diploma, the audience was mostly silent, and a group of my peers decided to boo. I heard it, my family heard it, and several professors heard it.
I am not a victim. Obviously a lot of this is petty and this isn’t even everything that happened to me. But, because of how I was treated, I found a home and a family in the conservative movement. My time in college has prepared me for my career and taught me to stand by my beliefs.
Although I encountered a lot of nonsense, I also met amazing people at MHC. I have a group of a few professors that always had my back and will be lifelong mentors. The Lone Conservative professor and student:
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