Students at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., recently walked out of class to protest the election of Donald Trump. Not content with a raucous demonstration, 12 left-wing student organizations also issued a list of 15 “demands,” including:
- Overhauling the school’s “Banner Web systems so students can indicate and self-identify which pronouns and names they use”
- Increased funding for the “LGBTQIA+ Student Resource Center”
- Increased acceptance of “Palestinian international students in order to protect its Palestinian students from the escalating state-sanctioned genocide”
- Establishing GWU as a “place of sanctuary for undocumented students [criminal aliens]”
- “An official statement detailing its specific dedication to the protection of its students of color.”
However, one demand raised the most hackles: Students at GWU claimed the police were a threat to public safety.
The protesters said in a statement:
The university must re-channel its resources and money to its fundamental requirement: to protect its students. This safety must not depend on the University’s police. The Fraternal Order of Police, the largest police union in the United States, has formally endorsed President-Elect Donald Trump. The FOP includes over 10,000 members in Washington D.C., many of which have jurisdiction over GW’s campus. Placing us in these officers’ care is an act of violence, especially for Black students.
Instead of relying on police to protect students, the statement says, students will be protected by the university giving them more money.
“The University must protect its students, instead, by dramatically increasing financial aid, emergency funds, health care resources, health insurance grants, and discretionary funds available to low income students,” the statement proclaims. “It must create and/or dramatically increase funding for the community centers like the Multicultural Student Services Center for people of color and marginalized students.”
Jeff Roorda, former Democratic Party member of the Missouri House of Representatives, retired police officer and current business manager for the St. Louis Police Officers Association, slammed the students as ridiculous in a recent appearance on the Fox News Channel’s “The Kelly File,” guest hosted by Sandra Smith.
He found it laughable students thought police officers’ political views were inherently threatening or even violent.
“I thought someone was pranking me when I read this story in my email this morning,” Roorda said. “This is nonsense. You talk about white privilege? These rich kids running around aimlessly on this campus thinking that they can tell law enforcement and union members who they can support for president and who they can’t is simply absurd.”
Roorda, author of the new book “The War On Police: How the Ferguson Effect Is Making America Unsafe,” slammed what he called hateful speech directed against law enforcement. He mocked the implicit claim of the student protesters that they didn’t need police.
“Don’t call 911, then,” he smirked. “When somebody holds them at knifepoint and tries to steal their copy of Chairman Mao’s Red Book then they can reason with the guy and tell them why his life matters and cops’ [lives] don’t.
“You talk about hate speech? Have you been paying attention for the last two and a half years at the hate speech aimed at law enforcement?”
Scott Greer, deputy editor at the Daily Caller, an expert on campus politics and the author of the upcoming book “No Campus For White Men: The Transformation Of Higher Education Into Hateful Indoctrination,” warned in an interview with WND that campus radicalism is likely to increase during the Trump administration .
“College kids hate police because they see law enforcement as inherently authoritarian and racist,” he told WND. “Basically brown shirts in blue. The fact that police overwhelmingly supported Donald Trump makes them even more ‘problematic.’
He said campus leftists “overlook how cops keep them safe and without a strong law enforcement presence, local criminals would have a field day with college students.”
“It was only a matter of time until the campus left demanded police-free zones, and Trump’s win has just given them the excuse to start advocating for it. We’re going to see similar initiatives at other campuses and police are likely going to be a focal point for future campus activism.”
Indeed, during the segment on “The Kelly File,” Adjunct Professor Dorian Davis of American University attempted to justify the protesting students’ feeling of being threatened by police by explaining, “The KKK voted for Trump.”
Roorda responded angrily, “Is he implying that because we supported Trump too that makes us akin to the KKK?”
Roorda dismissed the students fears as “not rational” and said it is of no importance that “rich students” are “crying and weeping because they didn’t get their way.”
However, Greer observes the reaction is not just a function of students’ weakness and emotional fragility. Instead, it’s the logical conclusion of what they are being taught.
“They’re not being taught to respect the rule of law,” he explained.
“Instead they are taught the law is a product of white supremacy. Thus, they have a moral obligation to disobey cops and the law if they are all tools of a racist system. The only time they want police is when they have the desire to punish fraternity members over racial insensitivity and false rape allegations.”
Greer predicted increasing campus unrest unless the Trump administration takes action to restore the rule of law on college campuses. This includes taking punitive measures against private schools such as George Washington University.
“The Trump administration should view the college as a facilitator of crime and bring down the full force of the law if it becomes a sanctuary campus,” Greer said. “While private, it still receives government aid through student loans and other sources. Trump’s Department of Education should cut off that funding if GWU refuses to obey the law.”