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Texas A&M ‘Students for Trump’ president called into conduct meeting for placing Trump signs on public property

Students for Trump at Texas A&M received a letter requesting a meeting after he and other club members placed Trump signs on “public property”

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Colleges and universities across the country have long hailed themselves as sanctuaries for free speech and expression. 

But, in recent times, these liberties are mainly available to students with certain beliefs; some students – specifically conservatives – are experiencing increased censorship at the hands of university officials. 

And it’s happening at Texas A&M University. 

The president of Students for Trump at Texas A&M received a letter from the Student Conduct Office requesting a meeting after he and other club members placed Trump signs on “public property,” according to Campus Reform.

If he does not attend the meeting, he could face student conduct charges. 

On November 2, Okeke and four other Students for Trump members placed “Trump 2020 Keep America Great” signs around campus until officers with the University Police Department approached them and told them to remove the signs “due to ground damage.” 

But after speaking with their supervisor, the officers gave the students “full permission to continue placing signs.” 

“This is when a university police officer took down my number in order to later provide me with all the rules of placing signs on campus,” Okeke said. “One month later, the Texas A&M administration decided to email me regarding ‘placing signs on public property,’” he continued. 

The letter came from Student Code of Conduct Office Assistant Coordinator Jessica Welsch after information was “forwarded” to her office about “placing signs on public property on or about November 2, 2020.” 

“In response to this information, I would like to meet with you to discuss the circumstances surrounding this incident, your perspective, and how you can be successful as a student at Texas A&M University,” the letter read. 

Okeke is “required” to respond to the office by phone before January 22, 2021 to schedule the meeting, or an “administrative hold [may be] placed on [his registration].” 

And, if he does not attend the meeting, there is a “possibility of Student Conduct Code charges being brought against [him].” 

Dean of Student Life at the university Anne Reber told Campus Reform that the meeting would give Okeke a chance to “share his perspective.” 

“Generally speaking, there are times when University officials will reach out to students in order to engage in educational conversations that are not punitive in nature,” she said. “These conversations are designed to give students the opportunity to share their perspective on a reported incident, as well as assist them in understanding their rights and their responsibilities in order to best meet their goals.” 

“When these meetings are scheduled, it is common to use a template form letter, which in this case, may have been the incorrect form letter to use,” she added. “I have my staff following up on that issue.” 

Okeke said that the letter doesn’t sound like an opportunity to share his perspective. “[The letter] doesn’t sound like reasonable and rational people that simply wish to ‘talk,’” he said. “I believe this email was sent in order to intimidate and discourage any student who wished to express their right-leaning political ideology through the use of signage on campus,” he added. “It was clear, given the nature of the email, Texas A&M was not looking to sit and have a civil conversation about the matter but rather to ensure I was to never place any signs again.” 

While the university has since contacted Okeke explaining that they wanted to simply talk about the incident, the Trump signs have been removed while signs – including Black Lives Matter and gay pride – still remain on display. 

In a time of increased political polarization, it is critical that universities allow – and encourage – the free flow of all ideas, and give students the opportunity to form their own beliefs.

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11 Comments

  1. Gregory Wilson

    December 7, 2020 at 1:18 pm

    Unbelievable! But I know it’s true. Please keep posting issues like this. We need to know and fight back!

  2. Sally

    December 7, 2020 at 2:01 pm

    What should US citizens be doing to have our voices heard?

  3. Shaun

    December 7, 2020 at 2:04 pm

    Contact FIRE they specialize in free speech issues for students and universities much provide equal protection and free speech in a uniform protected manner.

  4. Dave Walter

    December 7, 2020 at 2:04 pm

    More commies at our colleges ….suppressing anything not sponsored by the radical left. This must be stopped.

  5. Paul

    December 7, 2020 at 3:09 pm

    it’s simple show up to the meeting with your civil rights attorney and sue the shit out of them i bet they will change their minds. don’t let them get away with it

  6. Bonnie Warnell

    December 7, 2020 at 3:09 pm

    Having GRADUATED A&M in 1995 I am ashamed of my alma mater for in any way discouraging a conservative student while allowing the expression of BLM andvGay Pride!!!! BLM and Gay Pride should not be silenced but neither should the conservative voice! Shame on A&M!!!!!

  7. Julie Fedel

    December 7, 2020 at 3:11 pm

    Unbelievable, this our current president! As Americans, it is now “inappropriate” to support our current President of the United States. I will be contacting the administration. I am an Aggie and my entire family went to Texas A&M. This is an absolute disgrace.

  8. Peter Roberge

    December 7, 2020 at 4:02 pm

    They don’t allow Biden signs either. Right?

  9. Debra

    December 7, 2020 at 10:25 pm

    He should show up to this meeting with his ATTORNEY. These universities are brainwashing and manipulating these young people. If it is public property the school has NO right to implement any discipline but of course they will encourage bullying and harassment if these 4 students. Its disgusting what our educational systems have become, a race batting, hypocritical, çommunist union.

  10. Killer Marmot

    December 7, 2020 at 11:43 pm

    Lawyer up. Without a lawyer, you’re a naive student subject to the tender mercies of cold-blooded administrators who don’t like you or your politics. With a lawyer, you’re a naive student with a rottweiler.

  11. Christa Gates

    December 8, 2020 at 11:55 am

    We just want to talk with you and instruct you on freedom of speech. Sounds like a Professor Umbrage move.

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DeSantis Directs Secretary Of State To Investigate Facebook For Election Interference

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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) has directed Florida Secretary of State Laurel M. Lee to investigate Facebook for alleged election interference after recent reports suggesting that Facebook impacted the results of state and local elections.

“I hereby direct that your office immediately investigate this alleged election interference caused by Facebook through its whitelisting program – and any other previously undisclosed program within Facebook – in order to determine whether any violations of Florida’s election laws took place,” DeSantis said in a letter to Lee. “Your office should use all legal means to uncover any such violations, including but not limited to, issuing subpoenas, conducting witness interviews, reviewing all available information and consulting with law enforcement.”

“The thought of technology companies clandestinely manipulating elections is an affront to the basic principles of our republic,” DeSantis added. “Floridians deserve to have faith that their elections are fair and free from intrusion by Big Tech monopolies like Facebook.”

DeSantis cited a recent report from the Wall Street Journal, which found that Facebook has a secret list of users that are not subject to Facebook’s content posting rules.

“According to a review of internal Facebook documents conducted by the Wall Street Journal, Facebook has created a shadow list of certain users who are immune from Facebook’s enforcement actions on posting content,” DeSantis wrote. “These elites – selected by Facebook behind closed doors – are able to post material without being subject to the opaque review process that normal users endure. This “whitelist” effectively creates two classes of speakers on Facebook’s platform: those who are privileged and those who are not.”

According to the Wall Street Journal report, “While the program included most government officials, it didn’t include all candidates for public office, at times effectively granting incumbents in elections an advantage over challengers. The discrepancy was most prevalent in state and local races, the documents show, and employees worried Facebook could be subject to accusations of favoritism.”

DeSantis’ office said in a press release, “If the Wall Street Journal report is accurate, Facebook has created a privileged class of speakers and has empowered them to manipulate our elections with impunity. Even more disturbing, these elite users on Facebook’s ‘whitelist’ were allegedly selected by the tech giant behind closed doors. The selection process, scope, and real-world influence of the whitelist is concealed from the public and known only to Facebook. If true, this process may have provided a benefit to incumbent elected politicians over their challengers in state and local elections.”

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BLM Leader Vows to ‘Abolish’ NYC Mayor De Blasio’s Vax Passports

Says ‘Free Pass to Racism’,  ‘Modern-Day Freedom Papers’

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Chivona Newsome

New York Mayor Bill De Blasio’s vaccine mandates and consequential vaccine passports necessary to enter most bars and restaurants in the city are being dubbed racist by a Black Lives Matter leader.

Chivona Newsome co-founded the Greater New York Chapter of BLM and also ran as a congressional candidate in 2020 for New York’s 15th district sent a statement to Fox News explaining the claims of racism.

“Although Mayor Bill De Blasio ran on progressives values, nothing in his tenure will attest to his campaign promises,” Newsome stated. “The September 13th vaccine mandate is racist and specifically targets Black New Yorkers. The vaccination passports are modern-day Freedom Papers, which limit the free will of Black people.”

De Blasio’s mandates went into effect September 13, ordering indoor establishments making patrons show proof of vaccination before entering. Businesses can face fines up to $5,000 for not complying. On September 20, the Mayor’s office announced it had already issued 3,200 warnings to businesses in the first week.

Newsome continued, “The vaccination mandates infringe upon the civil liberties of the Black community…It’s more than where we can dine or enjoy entertainment, it will result in loss of income. As of Monday, September 27, Black health care workers and educators will lose their jobs.”

Newsome’s concerns for minorities and repercussions such as losing jobs is the same reasoning hundreds of groups and unions across the country have stood up against Biden’s vaccine mandate. Postal workers, Police unions, Nurse Unions and Hospital administrators are all amongst those expressing outrage.

Newsome says De Blasio’s actions are a direct attack on black Americans, and he “chose to disenfranchise and force the very people who elected him into poverty and second-class citizenship.”

She explained that de Blasio is, “fully aware of the hesitancy and distrust people of African descent have about vaccination and their interactions with government and law enforcement.” Newsome concluded, “the vaccination passport will not be a free pass to racism. Our organization pledges to demonstrate until the vaccine mandate is abolished.”

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