Brave is the college student who dares to criticize Marxism on a college campus in 2018.
So the members of the Santa Clara University’s Turning Point USA chapter ought to be commended for risking harassment and meltdowns of epic proportions to bring attention to the millions of lives lost due to Marxist regimes in the 20th Century.
And Harassment and meltdowns of epic proportions is exactly what they suffered.
The Blaze reports that the students had set up a table as well as placed 1,000 red flags on campus to bring awareness to the lives lost under socialist and communist governments (each flag represented 94,360 lives).
But when one left-leaning communist sympathizer came across their display, she…freaked.
The Blaze reports:
She approached the TPUSA students at the table and delivered a loud, expletive-laden rant as she tore up and ripped down their anti-socialist posters, club members told Campus Reform. A portion of the incident was caught on video.
The conservative students tried to dialogue with her. But when she was asked if she’d heard of Venezuela’s poor living conditions, the woman angrily replied, “Have you heard of Puerto Rico?”
She also appeared to attempt to slap a phone out of TPUSA chapter president Rhaaghav Kanodia’s hand and flip over the table in the direction of several TPUSA students, Campus Reform said.
Campus Reform originally received the footage of the belligerent co-ed (contains explicit language):
It is a shame that this phenominon is particularly amplified on our college campuses, where students should be taught how to hash out these differences using discourse, not violence.
These people seem to believe, rather, that speech they disagree with is violence, and respond accordingly (ironic because they’re otherwise not too concerned with one’s right to self-defense, but I digress).
Conservatives at Santa Clara University report conditions that are less-than-favorable to their views, which are, ironically, now revolutionary in a nation that once generally agreed on liberty and small government.
Kanodia told Campus Reform that “nothing really happens” when conservatives are discriminated against on campus.
In fact, the Santa Clara University Associated Student Government blocked the TPUSA chapter’s registration over complaints about the group’s conservative views, Kanodia told the outlet, adding that the TPUSA chapter had to be officially recognized by the vice provost.
Spencer McLaughlin, the chapter’s vice president, told Campus Reform that conservative students are hesitant to express their beliefs on campus, adding that many fear receiving lower grades or hostility when they share their views in the classroom.
“Liberals often say they are the ones of tolerance and diversity, but when someone puts on a pro-capitalism display, they lose their minds,” McLaughlin told the outlet.
They sure do, by the looks of it.
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