News and Perspectives
By Katie Eichele
“Love liberates.” - Maya Angelou
I tell myself this when I’m faced with times where hearts are hurting, anger brews, and there’s an ache to be heard and understood. I also tell myself this when I have the responsibility as an educator to hold individuals accountable or to reflect on their behavior.
Frustration over a pro-Donald Trump slogan painted on a University of Minnesota pedestrian bridge spilled over Thursday as student protesters disrupted a planned discussion on school climate.
The “campus conversation” event, planned weeks earlier, was to feature an hourlong question-and-answer session with U President Eric Kaler, another faculty member and student body president Abeer Syedah.
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.