Students and faculty on campuses around the country have been clashing over Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation process.
The Senate Judiciary Committee is set to vote on the judge’s confirmation Saturday, but with sexual assault allegations coming out in the weeks leading up to it, activists nationally have been protesting with signs, marches and social media campaigns.
University of Texas
The Young Conservatives of Texas at the University of Texas (YCTUT) held a rally to support Kavanaugh and were met with protesters Tuesday.
A video posted to Twitter by @commiefairy shows YCTUT officer Joshua Lambert having his Make America Great Again hat ripped off by an individual in the crowd. Someone later returned the hat, according to YCTUT Chairman Saurabh Sharma.
“Bitch ass boy named joshua in a MAGA hat gets his hat ripped off and PANICS (not clickbait),” @commiefairy wrote in the tweet Tuesday.
Bitch ass boy named joshua in a MAGA hat gets his hat ripped off and PANICS (not clickbait) pic.twitter.com/jNTsK2P6cT
— s (@commiefairy) October 2, 2018
The same rally also had an individual rip up signs that read “no campus kangaroo courts in Congress” before proceeding to shove Sharma.
Things on campus are getting chippy pic.twitter.com/V9pjr1Ei3a
— #OUsucks (@UTBarstool) October 2, 2018
“Are you trying to assault me? This is assault,” Sharma said to the girl in a video posted on Twitter.
Several people over Twitter and YCTUT identified the girl as Sarah. Those in support of Sarah asked others on Twitter not to share the video and to take down videos of the protest to avoid getting in trouble. Some also blamed the student paper, The Daily Texan, for filming the protest and posting on social media.
Sarah is requesting that people file a Campus Climate Incident Online Report Form. If you are a survivor and YCT’s signs negatively affected you, please document that here. Sarah will be filing a report and will be referencing this data. https://t.co/xjCEIAOwOb
— gay cowboy (@gaycowboyy) October 3, 2018
But the fact that Sarah ripped up those posters by their self while y’all just watched and recorded is interesting cuz that’s literally how it be.
Black women put their problems as well as everyone else’s on their backs while we all just watch.
— j0jo. (@_j0jo___) October 3, 2018
hello if you have videos DO NOT POST THEM!! UT chose who they will protect so we have to protect each other https://t.co/T8LG6JU5Tn
— christian (@unholykenoly) October 2, 2018
Fuck @thedailytexan if we say we don’t want to be filmed/photographed for your dumbass paper then don’t film us.if it wasn’t for having to pay for damages I would’ve knocked that camera out of y’alls hand the minute u refused 2 stop.Stop endangering students esp students of color
— s (@commiefairy) October 2, 2018
A rally has been planned, “Stand With Survivors,” on Oct. 9 in response to YCTUT’s demonstration, according to a Facebook event page.
Georgetown University associate professor Christine Fair said white men who supported Kavanaugh “deserved miserable deaths,” in a tweet.
“Look at thus chorus of entitled white men justifying a serial rapist’s arrogated entitlement,” Fair tweeted Sept. 29. “All of them deserve miserable deaths while feminists laugh as they take their last gasps. Bonus: we castrate their corpses and feed them to swine? Yes.”
The tweet was linked to a video of South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham defending Kavanaugh from sexual assault allegations from when the judge was in high school.
Twitter suspended Fair’s Twitter account following the tweet, according to a previous Daily Caller report.
University officials requested Fair to go on a research leave immediately, according to Campus Reform.
“Earlier today, I spoke with Professor Fair,” Joel Hellman, dean of the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown, wrote in an email to students Friday. “To prevent further disruption to her students and out of an abundance of caution for the security of our community, we have mutually agreed for Professor Fair to go on research leave effective immediately.”
University of Southern Maine
University of Southern Maine students reportedly could earn one free credit by attending a class that required students to join activists as they protested outside Republican Sen. Susan Collins’s office, but its president reacted after hearing the news.
“Rally up around the FBI investigation of the Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh,” the pop-up course’s description said in an email obtained by the Maine Republican Party.
Students would allegedly have the class’s tuition fee waived at the end of the course, the course description added.
USM President Glenn Cummings said he had no idea of the course being offered and immediately stopped it, according to a statement by the university Thursday.
“University policy makes it absolutely clear that our public, taxpayer funded institutions must be non-partisan in terms of political activity and institutionally impartial in all political, religious and social matters that are unrelated to our universities’ core mission of education, research, and public service,” Cummings said in the statement.
Harvard senior Jacqueline Kellogg said she came up with filing formal complaints in light of Title IX, which is aimed to end sex discrimination on campuses, The Harvard Crimson reported Monday. Nearly 48 individuals signed a petition saying they had filed a Title IX complaint as of Monday evening. One student noted, though, that not all petition signers filed complaints against Kavanaugh, according to The Crimson.
“It might be effective in drawing further attention to some students’ objection to Kavanaugh’s teaching appointment, but I don’t expect him [Kavanaugh] to be found to have violated Harvard University’s Sexual & Gender-Based Harassment Policy based on the currently known public allegations against him,” Harvard Law School professor Jeannie Suk Gersen said in an email to The Crimson.
University officials announced Kavanaugh would not be returning to teach Monday.
Catholic University of America’s Dean Will Rainford was suspended for the rest of the semester and was replaced for the time being by Associate Dean Marie Raber after questioning one of Kavanaugh’s accusers in a tweet.
“[Julie] Swetnick is 55 y/o,” dean Will Rainford said in a since-deleted tweet Sept. 26, Campus Reform reported. “Kavanaugh is 52 y/o. Since when do senior girls hang with freshmen boys? If it happened when Kavanaugh was a senior, Swetnick was an adult drinking with & by her admission, having sex with underage boys. In another universe, he would be victim & she the perp!”
Suspension was not enough for the students, however. Nearly 100 protesters outside the university’s student center marched to President John Garvey’s office Monday with a letter that demanded Rainford resign, Crux Now reported.
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