WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Friday, July 10, President Trump commented on U.S. Universities and School Systems.
“Too many Universities and School Systems are about Radical Left Indoctrination, not Education. Therefore, I am telling the Treasury Department to re-examine their Tax-Exempt Status … and/or Funding, which will be taken away if this Propaganda or Act Against Public Policy continues. Our children must be Educated, not Indoctrinated!”
Too many Universities and School Systems are about Radical Left Indoctrination, not Education. Therefore, I am telling the Treasury Department to re-examine their Tax-Exempt Status…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 10, 2020
Breitbart News reported that conservatives have found data found in the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education that conservative speakers are targeted for “dis-invitation” from campus way more often than liberal speakers.
Much of college curricula continuously emphasizes and rewards left-wing ideas, and many faculty members are overwhelmingly liberal. Conservatives agree that this shift in academia has been going on for quite some time.
Conservative critics are saying that the end results of the left-wing education are apparent in the recent Black Lives Matter protests. Graduates of elite universities are the rioters attacking the police and ripping down statues.
Trump says he ordered the Treasury Department to review the tax-exempt status of colleges and universities https://t.co/vOsMH4DpzE
— Bloomberg (@business) July 10, 2020
Conservatives accuse some institutions of higher education of becoming too liberal.
Fox News Laura Ingraham said:
“Liberals want schools to indoctrinate students, with a goal under a Biden administration of turning ‘your kids into hard-core activists by remaking education from top to bottom’.”
The Young America’s Foundation (YAF) stated that only one of the U.S.’s top 100 universities invited a Republican guest speaker to speak to the class of 2020 at graduation services, indicating an overwhelming need for conservative influences on campus.
In March 2019, President Trump authorized and signed an executive order mandating that if colleges and universities did not respect First Amendment rights to free speech, funding for federal research would be withdrawn.
USA TODAY reported that President Trump and his administration placed education in the spotlight this past week, demanding that schools reopen for the coming school year despite their reported COVID-19 concerns. He also suggested revoking monies for the school if they don’t reopen.
'Conservatives' biggest mistake was handing over the school system to the left. College campuses are literally leftist indoctrination camps' @RealCandaceO ✔
The Public School System has failed
Vouchers widely popular among African Americans time to educate not indoctrinate ✔ pic.twitter.com/6U1Kzxp1Qn
— Chicago1Ray ?? (@Chicago1Ray) July 10, 2020
President Trump is concerned over “radical” opinions being taught in our school systems today. While at Mount Rushmore on July 3, President Trump blamed the recent violence on “indoctrination and bias in education, journalism and other cultural institutions.”
President Trump added:
“Our children are taught in school to hate their own country, an to believe that the men and women who built it were not heroes, but were villains.”
The question many are asking is: “Can Trump do that?” According to the Association of American Universities, majority of the private and public colleges and universities in the country meet the requirements for tax-exempt status because of their educational objectives or because they are state institutions.
The IRS has set forth certain criteria for tax exemption determined by educational value is done by a process of figuring out if any ideological viewpoint is disqualifying for its status. This includes looking at whether positions developed are supported by facts.
The IRS criteria says:
“Advocacy of a particular position or viewpoint may be educational if there is a sufficiently full and fair exposition of pertinent facts to permit an individual or the public to form an independent opinion or conclusion.”
In response to President Trump’s demand to reopen schools, Governors across the nation don’t agree with President Trump. Some Governors aren’t taking Trump’s threat seriously.
GOP Gov. Larry Hogan of Maryland said:
“… I don’t think the governors are taking it seriously. The talk about not following the CDC guidelines, it just came out of nowhere. It makes no sense.”
UNC professor on the complexities of reopening U.S. colleges: “There are economic incentives for us to choose something other than what is best for the student body…This is where a robust federal and state response would be ideal.” https://t.co/igQDrdu7Hg #inners
— All In with Chris Hayes (@allinwithchris) July 11, 2020
President Trump tweeted that he disagrees with the CDC guidelines, which he said are “very tough and expensive guidelines for opening schools” while the COVID-19 pandemic continues.
While Vice President Mike Pence said there would be new guidelines issued by the CDC next week, Dr. Robert Redfield, head of the CDC, commented on Thursday that no changes will be made, and that only “additional reference documents” would be added.
These documents are to only supplement, not replace, state and local guidance, laws and other regulations.
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For more on extreme liberalism in America’s universities, we turn to a young woman who was recently fired from her job at her college paper for not having the “right” viewpoints, which is, of course, left-leaning viewpoints.
We would like to take a minute to both welcome and introduce one of the new writers here at Law Enforcement Today. If you are thinking that it isn’t everyday that we take the time to write an article for that purpose, you would be correct.
You may also be thinking that it would be odd that we make an introduction, considering that we have removed the names of our writers after the death threats we have been receiving. Again, you would be correct.
But, once in a while, something happens that you absolutely have to bring out in the light and discuss. This story is one of those times.
Her name is Adrianna.
This young woman recently finished her freshmen year at Syracuse University. She spent her first year in the political science department and writing for The Daily Orange, the university’s newspaper.
As is the trend on most college campuses, she was one of only a few conservative voices writing for the paper. She was not afraid to share her voice and lend it to the discussions that were prevalent on campus.
She went toe-to-toe with a left-leaning writer over the university’s refusal to allow Ben Shapiro, an outspoken conservative, to speak on campus. While her counterpart wrote that:
“Shapiro does not provide any valuable perspective that aligns with SU’s vision or its mission statement…his rights to free speech has been marred by bigotry, sophistry and demagoguery, which SU should not support with a check.”
As we are not here to highlight the experiences of the writer, we will not share anymore of their stance.
Undeterred by the blatant falsehoods in the piece, Adrianna responded with an article of her own, saying in part:
“Looking toward the future, I cannot see any world in which the SU community will alter its speaker list to exclude those who are biased against conservatives. This fact disappoints me; however, I will not scream prejudice and fight to shut down these speakers.
I will not call for a halt in funding to liberal speakers. The reasoning behind this is quite simple: I believe in free speech. I will defend your right to say hateful things about my peers and me, regardless of my personal feelings.
“With that being said, I support Ben Shapiro coming to campus. In fact, I see a vital need for Shapiro to speak. Our community is starved of viewpoints that diverge from progressively liberal sentiment.
We, as a community, are so scared of dissent that the very planning of a conservative speaker is met with opposition.
“The response elicited by my peers is the proof that shows how much we need Shapiro to speak. If you detest his views, good. If you hate his rhetoric, good.
I implore you to take that as a reason to purchase a ticket. Listen to Shapiro’s views in full. If you still disagree, feel free to question him during the Q&A segment. Don’t, however, uphold a false narrative to protect your political bubble.
“The wild accusations that Shapiro is a ‘racist, homophobic, ableist and xenophobic’ are as laughable as they are terrifying.”
She can more than hold her own.
That article was written in April of this year. Now, fast forward six weeks to the beginning of June.
Writing for LifeZette, she penned an opinion piece called Why Institutional Racism is a Myth.
We need to focus on three paragraphs from this piece, it is the portion that led us to this day, where she is no longer writing for The Daily Orange (more on that shortly), and has decided to bring her talents and her love for the law enforcement community to Law Enforcement Today.
“This trend continues into 2020 where statistics show that police more commonly kill whites during confrontations. The ratio of police violence by race has not changed much over the past five years.
“A common response when presented with actual statistics is to argue that the evidence lacks context. Instead of looking at overall statistics we ought to be taking into account that black Americans represent only 13% of the population. Surely this proves that the police often target young black men, right?
“When taking population differences into account, the argument against systemic racism holds up as well. Despite representing 13% of the population, the FBI reported that in 2017 black Americans committed 53% of homicides and 54% of robberies.
Further, when looking into violence committed against police, black American men represent 33% of cop killers despite being only 6.6% of the population.
“If blacks represent such a small percentage of the population why are they responsible for a large percent of crime? In fact, the Left’s insistence on discussing race proportions is damning to their argument.”
It was that last paragraph that caught the attention of the leadership at the university’s paper.
Casey Darnell, the DO’s Editor-in-chief, sent her an email to discuss it. No phone call. No questions. No clarifications. Just the following email.
And, just like that, she was fired, for quoting facts. How dare she.
But, sticking to their spoon-fed narrative that so many college students have as part of their daily diet, Darnell defended their decision on Facebook.
Darnell obviously doesn’t worry about pesky little things like facts, or, you know, the truth.
“We aren’t afraid of controversial views, but we have a responsibility to avoid promoting harmful ones.”
Who knew that the truth was a harmful point of view.
If only Adrianna had gotten fired. Sadly, it doesn’t end there.
She has been getting threats, some being pretty vile. She has agreed to share them with our readers, not for pity or sympathy, but instead, to highlight just how unhinged progressives can be when engaging with someone from an opposing point of view.
WARNING: Strong language may be offensive to some.
See? We told you.
Adrianna, we wish we could tell you that it will get easier, but it is really just beginning.
But we, your writing brothers and sisters here at LET, will walk beside you as we seek to tell the truth with journalistic integrity. We do not back down when we know that we have spoken honestly and factually.
Clearly, you have no problem doing those things. We have your six!
Welcome to the team.
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