[Ed. – Free speech is growing ever more scarce on college campuses.]
State lawmakers are calling on Washington State University to defund its College Republicans chapter after its former president was exposed for attending the violent Unite the Right rally.
In a letter to University President Kirk Schulz, 12 Democratic state lawmakers demand that the university “respond to hate speech and actions by revoking WSU College Republicans’ recognition, and receipt of state benefits as a Registered Student Organization (RSO).”
The September 14 letter comes despite the WSU College Republicans chapter issuing a public statement distancing itself from its now-former chapter president who attended the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, as well as posts on the group’s Facebook page indicating that it has consistently condemned both racism and violence.
Nonetheless, three state senators and 9 state representatives praised Schulz’s response to Charlottesville, but took issue with his assertion that “individuals with those beliefs are not welcome in our community,” arguing that, through the College Republicans, “hateful beliefs were not only allowed a full voice on campus,” but were provided a “state sanctioned platform.”