ITHACA, NY – Students are under attack at Cornell… for backing the blue.
Cornell University is a private, statutory – and prestigious – Ivy League research university in Ithaca, New York.
Those privileged to attend the university pay an average tuition of $58,586 per year (2020-2021) for undergraduate major courses.
The graduate school tuition and fees average $29,500 per year. The living costs besides the tuition and fees are reported as $18,580.
The other privilege afforded Cornell students is the ability to participate in “cancel culture,” in case one doesn’t toe the line of “wokeness.”
On Dec. 8, Cornell University’s student government, called the student assembly, removed two representatives who voted against a resolution to disarm the police.
The student assembly removed Annie Gleiberman, vice president of Research and Accountability, for voting against a bill that would disarm the university’s police department.
The assembly’s executive committee claims that Gleiberman condoned “acts of racism, physical aggression, and emotional violence” by voting against the resolution.
Per the student government’s rules, a vice president can be removed only through a unanimous vote.
When Morgan Baker, another member of the assembly, said she would not vote to remove Gleiberman, the rest of the representatives temporarily removed Morgan, using a two-thirds majority vote rule, so that they could unanimously vote to remove Gleiberman.
Letter to the Editor: "A vocal minority of the S.A. who believe everyone must think as they do has attempted to strip power from anyone who disagrees with them and browbeat them into silence."https://t.co/55KYuuqHqH
— The Cornell Daily Sun (@cornellsun) December 9, 2020
A previous motion to defund the police had failed after 15 representatives opposed it. Following Morgan and Gleiberman’s removal, 13 of those representatives penned an op-ed in the Cornell Daily Sun excoriating the student government for its “brazenly undemocratic display.” They wrote:
“The simple fact of the matter is that the executive committee wants to stack the [student government] with loyal allies who will not question their abuses of power and violations of [student assembly] rules.”
The 13 representatives also claim that the executive committee is planning to selectively use existing but normally unenforced rules on attendance and committee membership to remove members who voted against the “defund the police” resolution.
Those fears seem especially warranted after the student body president, who initially claimed to be neutral on the resolution, was discovered to be working with the Abolitionist Revolutionary Society to put pressure on representatives to change their votes.
Weston Barker, head of Cornell’s College Republicans, told the Washington Free Beacon that the student government’s actions are unsurprising. He said:
“These individuals are career harassers who have used and continue to use fear, defamation, and their social status to put down any form of dissent. When those tools fail, they will go to any lengths to achieve their ideologically singular Cornell, without any regard for statute, bylaws, or morality.”
Back to the origin of the story: A measure was proposed in front of the Cornell Student Government to disarm police officers assigned to the campus.
On Nov. 19, the student government voted 15-14 not to disarm the campus police. Following the failed resolution, activists took to social media to harass and threaten the representatives who opposed the bill. After a member of the student government posted the full names of each opponent in a group text for students of color, activists plastered the list on Instagram and Twitter, resulting in an onslaught of threats.
Joe Anderson, a former student government president, called on his peers to fight the representatives who rejected disarming the police:
“And when I say fight, literally fight them, I can’t stand those ugly people.”
Another student, who goes by the Twitter name “Youssanta claus,” said he wanted to beat up a non-voting member of the student government, but was unable to identify him because “all these white men looked the same.”
The member in question, Zion Sherin, faced a torrent of abuse in an online student government meeting following the vote, a video of which was obtained by the Washington Free Beacon. One student yelled:
“Zion I will beat your ass, please put your address in the chat.”
Another student taunted:
“Suck my ass.”
On Dec. 10, during the last meeting of the fall semester, the student assembly passed a resolution calling for the disarmament of the campus police, reversing the original vote from November.
Law Enforcement Today has previously reported on the original vote and subsequent backlash:
“Student activists from the Abolitionist Revolutionary Society held a protest outside of the campus police department when it was announced that the measure to disarm the officers failed.
The group called on students to recall those student council members who voted against disarming the police.
“The student group had hoped that they could disarm police following the death of George Floyd while in police custody in May of this year.
Proponents also believe in the false narrative that officers kill more black people every year than they do white people, something that has been verified as a false statement repeatedly.”
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Activists at Cornell now reportedly threatening peers who voted against disarming the police
November 26, 2020
ITHACA, NY – Activists in Cornell University Student Government are not happy that the majority of their council allowed police officers on campus to remain armed.
Because of their displeasure, they have allegedly threatened those who voted down the measure to disarm the police.
We are joining a resolution calling for the disarmament of the Cornell University Police Department. Our hope is that the Student Assembly will vote to protect marginalized students and reduce the chance of police brutality occurring on this campus.
— Cornell Progressives (@cuprogressives) November 19, 2020
In a Nov. 19 vote by the student government, called the student assembly, activists were hoping to pass a measure that would have forced campus police to disarm. Activists around the campus and on the assembly were outraged when they learned their referendum to disarm the police failed by one vote, 15-14.
After the vote failed, a member of the student government posted the names of all who voted against the measure on social media in a forum for students of color.
After the names were released, many who believed that officers should be disarmed started bombarding with threats and harassment those who voted against the measure.
Joe Anderson, a former student assembly member, called on those that believe the police should be disarmed to physically fight those who opposed the measure. He said:
“Two things about the SA are true. First, the best people at Cornell sit on the SA. Second, the worst people at Cornell sit on the SA.
“So, fight the worst of them and cherish the best of them. And when I say fight, literally fight them, I can’t stand those ugly people.”
— Free Beacon (@FreeBeacon) November 24, 2020
One member of the student assembly who voted against the measure, Zion Sherin, faced direct attacks.
During an online Zoom meeting, Sherin was attacked by some of those who were watching, including one who asked for Sherin’s address so he or she could physically harm Sherin. According to the Washington Free Beacon, that person said:
“Zion, I will beat your ass. Please put your address in the chat.”
The person who recorded the Zoom session did not want to reveal her name for fear of backlash.
She told the Washington Free Beacon that she started recording the session when someone in the group announced that everything in the chat would be deleted after the session ended.
Student activists from the Abolitionist Revolutionary Society held a protest outside the campus police department when it was announced that the measure to disarm the officers failed. The group called on students to recall those student assembly members who voted against disarming the police.
The student group had hoped that they could disarm police following the May death of George Floyd while in Minneapolis police custody. Proponents also believe in the false narrative that officers kill more black people every year than they do white people, something that has been repeatedly verified as a false statement.
Cornell University is not the only campus that has worked to disarm its police or remove them altogether. Students at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, demanded their police force be dissolved and took to rioting when the university announced the police agency would not be abolished.
One college, Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, seems to be caving to pressure from students’ demands to not even create a campus police department. The university recently announced that it will delay the creation of the department for at least two years.
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