Students at Arizona State University opted to protest President Donald Trump instead of writing the final exam.
Professor Angeles Maldonado, who teaches a “Global Politics and Human Rights” course, gave her students the option last week to write the test or rant about Trump — not surprisingly everybody chose the “group project” Trump protest over the exam, according to The College Fix.
“The class decided that as a group project they wanted to make their voices heard about the issues that are affecting them today, so instead of just reading about the human-rights violations, they’d speak out about the current violations that are happening,” Maldonado told the Arizona Republic.
The students decided to “speak out” by lining up outside the ASU library and hoisting up a series of letters that spelled “Wall Against Hate!”
The students said there was so much to protest it was difficult to decide what to focus on the Trump presidency — though their sign didn’t make that quite clear.
“This was something that we all got together and said we would express some of the things we don’t like, so a lot of the other people here are protesting things like immigration, immigration ban, women’s rights, things like that,” said Alex Corella one of the letter-bearing students.
The determined protesters attracted other students with time on their hands and together they raised everybody’s consciousness about LGBT rights, women’s rights, Black Lives Matter and immigration concerns.
ASU authorities had no difficulty with the protest’s subject matter, but were concerned that the students were blocking the sidewalk. The students responded by allowing about a foot of space between each other. Eventually they decided to jettison their letters and just linked arms, pacing up and down the grassy knoll in front of the library.
Campus police arrived on-scene to ensure the students protester remained peaceful. As pedestrian traffic encountered some problems navigating a path around they protesters, security reiterated their request to make room — this time directly Maldonado, who was enthusiastically leading her students.
Most of the add-on protesters gave up when they ran to other commitments — like classes. Maldonado’ s class persevered for a couple of hours, prompting protester Corella to exclaim, “This is better than a final!”
Professor Maldonado declared it her “duty” to exercise solidarity with her students and respect their democratic right to choose a protest over a final exam.