From the New York Times on November 10, 2016:
Campuses Confront Hostile Acts Against Minorities After Donald Trump’s Election
By CAITLIN DICKERSON and STEPHANIE SAUL NOV. 10, 2016
Racial Episodes Escalate on Campuses
… At Wellesley College in Massachusetts, alma mater of Hillary Clinton, two male students from nearby Babson College drove through campus in a pickup truck adorned with a large Trump flag, parked outside a meeting house for black students, and spat at a black female student, according to campus black student organizations.
Babson is a business-oriented college (I once stayed in the on-campus hotel run by Babson’s hotel school) with a slightly less liberal student body than is normal in the Boston area. Wellesley used to be known as a women’s college, except that’s now considered cis-sexist, as I pointed out in Taki’s Magazine:
At women’s colleges today, the lesbians who were long the engineers of human souls are getting shoved aside for being on the wrong side of history by even butcher “trans-men” juicing on prescription testosterone.
The NYT returned to this massive news story a couple of weeks later, in the same article I featured earlier about the Mexican student who tried to have the hearty Samoan lady rugby player arrested for building a “wall” of shoes down the middle of her dorm room:
Postelection Harassment, Case by Case
By CAITLIN DICKERSON NOV. 23, 2016
… ‘We Had No Idea’
Edward Tomasso and Parker Rand-Ricciardi, students at Babson College in Wellesley, Mass., drove onto the nearby campus of Wellesley College flying a Trump flag from their vehicle and chanted Mr. Trump’s campaign slogans outside a building where minority students can seek support. They bragged about the episode in an online video that has since been taken down. But after facing a backlash that included death threats on social media and a harsh response from officials at both schools, each posted an apology on Facebook and denied targeting minority students.
“Publicly celebrating the election at a time and in a place when so many were deeply disappointed about its outcome and, indeed, genuinely grieving about it, was just not smart,” Mr. Rand-Ricciardi wrote. “We had no idea that our actions would be interpreted as racist, or sexist, or harassment.”
Mr. Tomasso wrote: “As a white male, I do not feel threatened by the new president. I have not had to work for that privilege. It was something I was born with.” He included a phone number and email address where he said those he had offended could reach him directly. Quickly, though, angry comments — along with a few written in support — inundated the post, and Mr. Tomasso stopped responding. Neither Mr. Tomasso nor Mr. Rand-Ricciardi responded to requests for comment.
Anyway, the spitting part just turned out be another Fake News Hate Hoax, while it’s (still) legal to celebrate your candidate’s victory. From the Boston Globe yesterday:
By Olivia Quintana and Travis Andersen GLOBE CORRESPONDENT AND GLOBE STAFF DECEMBER 19, 2016
Babson College has cleared two students of any disciplinary violations stemming from their controversial drive through Wellesley College to celebrate Donald Trump’s victory the day after the presidential election, their lawyers said Monday.
The students, Parker Rand-Ricciardi and Edward Tomasso, faced accusations of harassment and disorderly conduct before the college’s honor board on Friday.
The Nov. 9 incident sparked a post-election uproar, fueled by accusations on social media that the men spat on a Wellesley student and yelled racial and homophobic slurs while parked in front of Harambee House, a campus gathering place for African-American students.
No Pepe House jokes, please.
Rand-Riccardi and Tomasso denied the allegations, and an investigation by Babson found no evidence the men did anything other than drive through the campus waving a Trump flag out the truck window and yelling “Make America Great Again.”
They are not facing criminal charges. …
Wellesley College, Hillary Clinton’s alma mater, held a peace walk on campus the Friday after the men’s celebratory drive.
During the walk, Wellesley senior Amber Walker, an events coordinator at Harambee House, told students she was standing in front of the building when the men drove by, and that “I have you guys here so I don’t have to go through this alone.”
On Monday, Walker said she was disappointed by the resolution of the case.
“For people that look like me, our struggle continues,” she said.
But the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, which advocates for free speech rights on college campuses, welcomed the decision.
Ari Z. Cohn, director of the foundation’s individual rights defense program, said the group was pleased the men were cleared from “these baseless charges.”
“While Babson College is not bound by the First Amendment, its policies expressly recognize the importance and value of free speech,” he said.
“Once the more serious allegations were determined to be unsubstantiated, the college should have immediately dropped the matter. Babson must ensure that students are free to express their views without fear of official sanction.”
After the incident, Babson president Kerry Healey apologized to the Wellesley College community in a letter posted on her school’s website.
“We, the Babson community, were extremely upset to learn that two of our students engaged in behavior that was, at a minimum, insensitive, unacceptable, and contrary to our core values,” Healey wrote.
Both students were ousted from the fraternity they belonged to, Sigma Phi Epsilon. The fraternity’s national leadership called their alleged actions “abhorrent to our members, alumni, and staff” in a statement. …