Students at an Ivy League school are demanding that their student body president resign because he is “too conservative.” Unfortunately, this has become a common occurrence in liberal arts colleges in America, but the twist in this case is that the student president is both black and gay.
The controversy began last weekend, when student demonstrators at Dartmouth showed up outside Kappa Delta Epsilon sorority during their invite-only Kentucky Derby Party in solidarity with protesters in Baltimore. One of the attendees at the party was Frank Cunningham, a gay black student who was elected Student Assembly president last month.
According to Daily Caller, Cunningham was insulted by one of the protesters, who called him a derogatory name that sounded something like “Uncle Tom.” Cunningham then argued with the rioter in an incident that was captured in the video at the top of this story. Cunningham is the young man in white.
After the video was posted to the internet, students at Dartmouth launched a petition demanding Cunningham resign for intimidating a smaller woman and “appropriating” the words “I can’t breathe.”
“[Cunningham] taunts, mocks, screams, and forces his way into the face of a female Dartmouth student protestor. The taunting of his peers heightened during a chant memorializing the last words of Eric Garner: ‘I CAN’T BREATHE!’” the petition says. “Despite ones’ views of the protesters or their message, surely such embarrassing behavior by the president-elect of Student Assembly is uncouth, unjustified, and counter to the values of mutual respect encouraged and protected by Dartmouth’s mission statement.”
Cunningham has been forced to apologize to the students at Dartmouth for his conservative views in the hopes of keeping his position.
“As a minority queer student myself, I would never want my actions to make an individual feel silenced on this campus,” he said in an email to the student body. “It hurts that it’s been perceived that I am not a supporter of the #Blacklivesmatter movement, but I sincerely hope that my imminent plans and initiatives aimed at addressing these nationwide issues and issues at home are indicative of my commitment. Overall, I’m a human being, I made a mistake, and I am deeply sorry. These last few days have been very emotional for me, and I promise it won’t happen again.”
It’s sad that in today’s liberal society, young people are forced to apologize for being conservatives. While liberals claim to be open-minded, incidents like this show that they are anything but.