Rutgers students stage “sit-in” in continued protest of Condi Rice invite

Posted by: ST on April 29, 2014 at 9:40 am
Condoleezza Rice

Condoleezza Rice, former National Security Adviser for President George W Bush.

I wrote about this in early March, and the Rutgers liberal faithful are still at it over a  month later – presumably because they have nothing better to do.  Via Fox News:

Roughly 50 Rutgers University students staged a sit-in at a school administration building in New Brunswick on Monday to protest the school’s decision to invite Condoleezza Rice to speak at the university’s commencement next month.

The school’s Board of Governors voted to pay the former secretary of state under President George W. Bush and national security adviser $35,000 for her appearance at the May 18 ceremony, where she will be awarded an honorary degree.

But several faculty members and students want the invitation rescinded because of Rice’s role in the Iraq War. Rutgers’ New Brunswick Faculty Council passed a resolution in March calling on the university’s board of governors to rescind its invitation.

Photos and videos of Monday’s protest posted to Twitter showed students lining a staircase leading to University President Robert Barchi’s office, The Star-Ledger reported.

Some students held up signs reading, “No honors for war criminals,” “War criminals out” and “RU 4 Humanity?” the report said.

Fortunately, Barchi is standing strong in the face of the attempts by these “tolerant” students to engage in the hypocritical selective “diversity” so often displayed by the activist left:

Barchi and the university’s board of governors have resisted calls to “disinvite” Rice. In a letter to the campus last month, Barchi said the university welcomes open discourse on controversial topics.

“Like our fellow citizens, you and I — our colleagues — have deep and sincerely held beliefs and convictions that often stand in stark contrast to others around us,” Barchi wrote. “Yet, we cannot protect free speech or academic freedom by denying others the right to an opposing view, or by excluding those with whom we may disagree. Free speech and academic freedom cannot be determined by any group. They cannot insist on consensus or popularity.”

You can view photos and tweets of the “#NoRice” protest hereif for nothing else than for your own amusement.  This one was one of my favorites:

Oh, what rebels they are.  /sarc

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5 Responses to “Rutgers students stage “sit-in” in continued protest of Condi Rice invite”


  1. Sefton says:

    I’m sure there will be the usual protestor in the crowd who will interrupt Rice, but she’ll handle it with class.
    And kudos to President Barchi for having a backbone.
    It’s getting to where you wonder who does anymore these days.

  2. Drew the Infidel says:

    To allow 50 student from a total enrollment of 65,000 to disrupt the scheduled speech by Rice would have put Rutgers in the same gutter of gutlessness as Brandeis. Something smells as though the students were encouraged in this by leftist faculty members (Is there any other kind?).

    These faculty hooligans bear close scrutiny. Remember the full page newspaper ad, with signatures, by all the Duke faculty members who falsely condemned and convicted the innocent lacrosse team? The prosecutor in that case is still serving time in the pen for that one.

  3. Liz says:

    They are racist, right? If they are left they should understand that!

  4. Kate Thompson says:

    Is Obama considered a war criminal since he has a ‘kill list’ and has used drones on American citizens?
    And are innocent civilians that are killed during the drone strikes considered ‘collateral damage’ or a war crime?
    I get so confused on who’s guilty and who’s not…[-(

  5. Drew the Infidel says:

    @Kate–In order to sort guilt from innocence in the context to which you refer, the difference lies in whether the president is Republican or commiecrat.