More than 70 faculty members have signed an open letter calling on California State University-Fullerton to “reconsider” allowing an upcoming College Republicans event.
The CSUF College Republicans are scheduled to host Milo Yiannopoulos on Halloween, and news of the event has already prompted the CSUF student government to propose a resolution officially denouncing Yiannopoulos’ appearance.
According to the resolution, Yiannopoulos “has put students in jeopardy by publicly sharing information regarding their gender and citizenship status,” and “over [sic] 5,000 student and community members have signed a petition ‘No Alt-Right Speakers or Hate Groups at CSUF.’”
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The faculty letter, published Sunday in The Daily Titan, echoes those claims, asserting that “Yiannopoulos has repeatedly incited violence” at previous events, and “has encouraged his followers to reveal the names of undocumented students, gender-transitioning students and other vulnerable populations.”
CR Event Director Ryan Hoskins, however, called the allegations an “outright lie,” telling Campus Reform that “the editors and writers at The Daily Titan should be ashamed, to say nothing of the 70 faculty who signed on.”
The letter is particularly critical of the administration’s assurance that “no classes or classroom activity will be affected” by the event, saying, “Muslim, feminist, undocumented, trans and other vulnerable students have told some of us that they do not feel safe attending class that day, so many of us have planned online activities that these threatened students can complete in lieu of classes.”
In addition, the professors note that the CSUF Children’s Center and the Titan Student Union are both planning to close early on the day of the event, saying that while they “appreciate these steps for safety,” the closures “indicate that classes and classroom activities will be disrupted.”
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The letter also challenges the administration’s assertion that “the First Amendment compels us to allow student groups to host speakers of their choice,” arguing that “Yiannopoulos’ speech crosses the line betw
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