NY Socialist Students Want To Abolish ROTC

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The City College of New York’s Young Democratic Socialists of America chapter wants the school’s Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) kicked off campus, according to a Monday report.

The college’s YDSA chapter announced its desire to ban the group from campus in a flyer presumably found on campus and posted to Twitter Friday, reported Campus Reform.

“ROTC off our campus,” said the socialist students. “The rich will never die for you…don’t die for the rich.”

The flyer includes an alleged quote from the American Enterprise Institute (AEI).

“The absence of ROTC in CUNY prevents the military from taking full advantage of their large, ethnically diverse populations,” YDSA attributes to AEI. “The plan is to put the diversity of the CUNY student body in service of the U.S. military, especially as military engagements are increasingly in the Middle East and the global South.”

The socialist students seem to have extracted the first part of the quote from a 2011 AEI case study, but the second fragment, “the plan is to put…global South,” does not appear in the study or any AEI statement online.

The college’s YDSA has advocated for an ROTC in the past, posting an ROTC advertisement on campus to Twitter in February with the caption “let those who wage war, fight war. ROTC off our campus.”

The socialist students also oppose police presence on campus entirely, a sentiment shared by the YDSA chapter at the neighboring Stony Brook University. (RELATED: Democratic Socialist Students Demand Campus Police Disarm)

The Daily Caller News Foundation reached out to both the Young Democratic Socialists of America and City College of New York for comment but received none in time for press.

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