Illinois prof. helps lead effort to 'cancel' Sean Spicer on-campus appearance

Students and faculty at Northeastern Illinois University launched a petition and plan to protest Thursday's scheduled on-campus appearance by former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, who will participate in a discussion on the 2016 and 2020 presidential elections, along with former Democratic National Committee chairwoman Donna Brazile. 

A Facebook event titled "Rally to Stop Sean Spicer at NEIU," states in its description that, as President Donald Trump's press secretary, Spicer "terrorized many NEIU students, their families and their communities," adding that "NEIU should not provide a home for white nationalism and other forms of bigotry." 

Organizers of the rally to protest the discussion go on to say Trump's rhetoric and policies are"drivers" of the "escalating right-wing violence in this country and around the world."

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"The role Spicer played—and that the Trump administration continues to play—in this violence is one of creating space for these acts to occur," the description says. "Any platform he is provided, including ones where people are allowed to debate and argue these policies, serves to legitimize these policies, and creates more space for right-wing extremists to escalate their attacks on our communities."

The Facebook event description calls on the university to "cancel this event." 

"If they do not, we ask the university community and other impacted communities to join us as we rally to demand that NEIU be a safe place for everyone, and that we not use our university to provide platforms for this hatred."

One Facebook user commented on the event, asking, "does anyone, perhaps a student at the school, have an idea of when/how/where he might arrive on campus?" One of the "hosts" of the Facebook event, NEIU Sociology Professor Brett Stockdill, responded, "We do not." 

The same Facebook user who posted the question then said, "that’s a shame. He could use a milkshake." 

Campus Reform has previously reported on alleged Antifa members throwing drinks, such as milkshakes, at conservatives. 

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On August 26, Stockdill posted on his personal Facebook page, "We've opened up the SAY NO

Read more: https://www.campusreform.org/?ID=13698


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