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A painting depicting one of Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign slogans — “Build the Wall” — and a symbolic brick wall have created a firestorm on the University of Minnesota campus, offering students yet another lesson in freedom of speech.
The following message was sent Wednesday afternoon to all Twin Cities faculty, staff and students from President Eric W. Kaler. The Campus Conversation is from 12-1 pm on Oct 6 in the Beacon Room, Recreational and Wellness Center
Dear Twin Cities campus community,
The "Paint the Bridge" incident has generated much discussion and debate. I have listened to many people in our community who hold a variety of views on the panel's message and on subsequent events. I know for many of you, particularly Latinx students, faculty, and staff, the words on the panel hurt and I have sympathy for the real pain, and even fear, that some have experienced; I don't want these feelings to be part of life at the University of Minnesota.
It is important to me that our University community function like a community, that we speak and listen respectfully to one another. This is particularly important and particularly difficult when we are in the midst of a hotly-contested election season. We must acknowledge these difficulties.
Tuesday, Oct 25, 7-9 pm, Coffman Union Theater. Sponsored by Multicultural Student Engagement.
The 2016-2017 Power & Privilege Series kicks off with environmental and human rights activist, Van Jones. Jones, a Yale educated attorney and former green jobs advisor to President Barack Obama, has led many social justice inititatives to find solutions to issues concerning low-income urban youth. Also as a CNN Special Correspondant he lends his voice and knowledge to the political landscape facing America today.
On Friday a University of Minnesota student group, College Republicans, painted a panel on the Washington Avenue Bridge that not only extolled their support of Donald Trump’s bid for president, but also singled out the young conservatives’ specific backing of perhaps Trump’s most controversial proposal: “Build the Wall.”