Fist fights, burning cars, and violent threats: these are merely a few matters carried out by leftist assemblies towards right-leaning students at multiple schools across the U.S. These intimidations cause significant concern to parents who want a secure, comfortable environment for their youth. Recently, Conservative students were ordered to leave an on-campus coffee shop because their Make America Great Again attire allegedly violated “safe-space” policy.
At Fordham University, the College Republicans (CR) decided to visit Rodrigue’s Coffee House, a restaurant at the school, “to test the unwritten rule that conservatives were banned” from the environment, as reported by Campus Reform. Donning MAGA caps, the club was met by stares and “a few people gave us the middle finger” upon entering, according to student Aaron Spring in an interview with Fox and Friends.
Shouts and Demands
After the group ordered java, video evidence shows the store’s co-president, Kristal Ho, emerging and commanding the bunch to remove their “offensive” headwear or leave within five minutes. She shouted that their financial support was unwanted and in violation of safe-space regulations.
When the CR requested a refund on their coffee, she proclaimed, “Do not try to outsmart me.” I believe that ship has long sailed, Ms. Ho. She then refused to reimburse the funds, although they would be unable to drink the java due to their removal.
After an inquiry into the motive of her hostility, Ho explained she was protecting customers from the club’s “threatening” existence with their “fascist” and “Nazi” caps. In an interview with The Fordham Ram, the school’s newspaper, she states the CR was “antagonizing” after her command to remove the hats. The recording proves otherwise, lest their offense was merely their presence.
The hypersensitivity and intolerance from the leftist cafe is a prime example of the intimidations directed at right-leaning colleagues at numerous universities. The clash also displays the ill preparation of many of our youth for the real world, where diverse views are prevalent in everyday life.
Furthermore, the director of communications, Bob Howe, released a statement that Fordham does not hold a safe space policy excluding the CR:
“Fordham must remain a place where all of the members of the University community are free to share their opinions, and to have those opinions respectfully tested by their peers.”
Howe added that the incident is currently under investigation, while many hope for a refund to be granted to the College Republicans. After all, Ho claimed to reject their financial support. Perhaps the group entered the shop with intentions of confrontation. However, they showed civil discussion as opposed to the belligerence from Ho.
Civility Long Gone?
As an on-campus business, Rodrigue’s Coffee House must abide by university rules. With Fordham’s approximate annual tuition of $50,000, all pupils are permitted to enter the school’s establishment civilly.
The political strife directed towards Conservatives currently underway at schools across the U.S. produces deep concern for many parents about sending their youth to institutes of higher education. Thankfully, it seems that the College Republicans of Fordham are bright lights in the growing darkness of millennial fragility.