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By Rob Shimshock
Student and faculty protesters rushed a college administration building Monday calling for the university to punish its College Republicans group.
Orange Coast College (OCC) faculty and students protested the school’s College Republicans chapter after the group published emails from OCC Professor Jessica Alabi to college president Dennis Harkins. The emails revealed the professor said she would “stand up” to the group, if the president did not, according to Campus Reform.
The materials also showed that Alabi stopped members of the group from attending a campus event because they were perceived as a threat to the “safe space.” The College Republicans want OCC to investigate the professor.
The protesters shouted “No hate, no KKK, no fascist USA” and “get that club out of our face.” Students held socialist flags and symbols or signs mocking the College Republicans.
“It makes no sense to me why the union and a vocal minority of students would protest against the OCC Republicans for simply asking for an investigation into the matter and protections for students from being discriminated against on the basis of their political affiliation,” said Joshua Recalde-Martinez, the OCC College Republicans’ former president.
OCC’s College Republicans chapter has come under increasing faculty scrutiny since December 2016, when the group released a video depicting an OCC professor calling Trump’s election an “act of terrorism.” The student who recorded that incident received a temporary suspension, while the professor received a “Faculty Member of the Year” award.
“The OCC administration has done everything in its power to silence the College Republicans for standing up for what they believe in,” said Peter Van Voorhis, who has worked with the group and reported extensively on controversies surrounding it for Campus Reform. “It’s incredible that in 2017, colleges across America continue to marginalize conservative students to promote their own leftist agenda.”
“Intellectual diversity is a hallmark of higher education, and there is certainly none left at OCC after today’s incident.”
The Daily Caller News Foundation reached out to the university for comment, but received none in time for press.