American Univ. profs: saying ‘all lives matter’ is ‘white supremacy’

Anthony Gockowski
Investigative Reporter

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  • Dozens of professors from American University’s Washington College of Law signed on to a letter saying the phrase "all lives matter" is white supremacy.
  • Dozens of professors from American University’s Washington College of Law (WCL) openly condemned an unknown student as a white supremacist for posting a sign with the catchphrase “All Lives Matter” on a faculty member’s door.

    “The ‘All Lives Matter’ sign might seem to be a benign message with no ill intent, but it has become a rallying cry for many who espouse ideas of white supremacy and overt racism, as well as those who do not believe the laws should equally protect those who have a different skin color or religion,” the professors wrote in a statement to the WCL community.

    The handwritten sign was allegedly posted on the door of a faculty member’s office by a student who has not been identified. The professors, however, think the student clearly intended to promote a racist message.

    “In context, the message appears intended by the messenger to be an attempt to silence and intimidate an opposing viewpoint, not an effort to communicate a different perspective,” they wrote.

    They go on to argue that since the sign was placed in the vicinity of “a flyer for a training program on police violence” and “near flyers for other social justice and racial equality events,” it sent a racist message given the context.

    The professors then offer some tips on how to respectfully “communicate a different perspective.”

    “There is value in simply asking someone, ‘If you feel comfortable, I would like to talk to you sometime about X. I have been reading a lot about the topic, and I am interested in hearing your perspective,’” the professors wrote to their law students in a lesson on how to engage in arguments.

    “Few would take offense at your non-confrontational invitation to have the conversation,” they added after defending the “Black Lives Matter” movement and its tactics.

    [Dartmouth students lead profane Black Lives Matter protest]

    Nearly 60 professors signed on to the letter.

     

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    Anthony Gockowski

    Anthony Gockowski

    Investigative Reporter

    Anthony Gockowski is an Investigative Reporter for Campus Reform. He has previously worked for The Daily Caller, Intercollegiate Review, and The Catholic Spirit.

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