The removal of the memorial has been met with outrage from both sides. The College Republicans and many others on campus see this act of vandalism as an attack on their freedom of speech. The black lives matter protesters see the display as a disrespectful to the BLM movement. One student who has admitted to removing the display is quoted as saying, “It was taken down by students and replaced because it actively co-opted a movement that is supposed to comment on police brutality against black individuals in this country,” she said. “It took that and by framing that as ‘Blue Lives Matter,’ it normalizes and naturalizes violence against people of color in this country. And that is not okay. That is in no way okay.”
“You cannot co-opt the movement against state violence to memorialize its perpetrators. #blacklivesmatter.”
The Dartmouth reported- Friday night, some students also started circulating an email entitled “A Letter to Campus” that criticized the usage of “Blue Lives Matter” as “co-opting a movement intended to protect the livelihood of Black people.” No authors are explicitly named.
“This slogan denies that black bodies are subjected to disproportionate state violence,” the email read. “This has nothing to do with individual police officers.”
The email said that Blue Lives Matter “facilitates the erasure of black lives.” and that the goal of removing the display was to show “the severity of the violence people of color face on this campus.”
By 8:30 p.m. on Friday, the College Republicans sent an email addressed to Hanlon and the Board of Trustees. The email criticizes the administration for what the College Republicans perceive as unequal treatment.
The College Republicans referenced the incident in the fall of the removal of t-shirts in the Black Lives Matter display.
The email continues, saying that the College “quickly and appropriately” condemned the aforementioned defacement.
In the fall, Hanlon sent out a campus wide email after the incident and the day after the Black Lives Matter protest in Baker-Berry Library that discussed diversity, inclusivity and free expression, but did not mention the removal of t-shirts directly.
In the College Republicans’ email, sent out before Hanlon’s Sunday email, the group expressed dissatisfaction that the same was not done immediately after Friday’s display board removal.
The black lives matter movement has become a cancer on college campuses around the country, stifling constructive conversations and punishing opposing views. Anything that does not follow the BLM rhetoric or focus the attention on the BLM movement is seen as a threat and is dealt with in an aggressive and usually childish manner possible. The goal of BLM is not to, “open a dialogue” as one protesters said. It is to disrupt everyday life, delay progress and highlight minor incidences in order to promote an agenda. The group was founded on lies, and yet continues to move forward and gain traction (especially on college campuses) by giving naive students the idea that they are standing up for something greater than themselves. They are inflated with the idea that they are fighting for civil rights like their great-grandparents did years before, when in reality they are doing the exact opposite. BLM is dismantling what Dr. King stood for by driving a racial wedge and creating a divide instead of addressing the actual issues…
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