More than 150 University of Minnesota students marched into a planned meeting on campus climate to protest a controversial sign.
Last week during the annual "Paint the Bridge" event, College Republicans at the U of M chose to paint their panel on the Washington Avenue Bridge with the phrase "Build the Wall" from Donald Trump's presidential campaign. One person or more than one person then painted over that with "Stop White Supremacy." Saturday, U of M President Eric Kaler condemned the vandalism and said "Build the Wall" is protected speech.
The phrase "Build the Wall" was painted over with "Stop White Supremacy" and other pictures on the Washington Avenue Bridge. (Photo: KARE)
The incident then became the focus of a Campus Conversation. About six of these conversations are held on campus each school year. This one was scheduled before the "Paint the Bridge" controversy occurred and focused on campus climate.
"We want to advance this conversation," President Kaler said at the beginning of the meeting.