Pathetically Small Group Protests Condi Rice at Rutgers

Posted by on Apr 29, 2014 at 8:02 am

It never matters how small a group of leftist whiners is, they still get media attention. You could have a million conservatives wage a protest and the media will ignore it. But a bunch of cranks at Rutgers whines about Condi Rice and it gets all sorts of media coverage.

Rutgers University students are staging a sit-in at the Old Queens administration building in New Brunswick to protest the selection of former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as commencement speaker.

About 50 students marched into the building this afternoon and refused to leave, according tostudent accounts posted on Twitter and other social media sites. Photos and videos of the protest show students lining the Old Queens staircase outside the doors leading to President Robert Barchi’s outer office on the second floor.

Some students are holding signs protesting the choice of Rice to speak at commencement, including signs reading “No honors for war criminals,” “War criminals out” and “RU 4 Humanity?”

A Rutgers spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the protests or reports that campus police are barring people from entering Old Queens, which houses university administrative offices.

Rice is scheduled to speak and pick up an honorary doctorate degree May 18 at Rutgers commencement at the campus football stadium in Piscataway. She will receive a $35,000 honorarium for her speech.

Her selection has drawn protests from some faculty groups that say it is inappropriate for the state university to honor Rice because of her involvement in the Iraq War and the Bush Administration’s use of waterboarding and other controversial interrogation techniques on prisoners.

Some might argue protesting against the most accomplished black woman in American history is racist. This part is rather amusing.

The sit-in was one of the largest in Rutgers’ history, according to The Daily Targum, a student newspaper. Police reportedly responded to the site of the protest after a glass door was broken and a student cut their hand.

Fifty people constitutes one of the largest protests at a school with 40,000 students? Pretty pathetic.

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7 Responses to “Pathetically Small Group Protests Condi Rice at Rutgers”

  1. John on 29/29/14 at 9:13 am

    My guess is one of the protestors told the reporter for The Daily Targum, “The sit-in was one of the largest in Rutgers’ history,” and the reporter printed it without bothering to do any past cross-checking.

  2. PJ on 29/29/14 at 11:16 am

    Five students from BAMN protested the affirmative action ruling last week at UCLA and got coverage on all of the major networks in L.A.!


  3. Reggie111 on 29/29/14 at 12:41 pm

    This is the same university that paid Snookie over $30,000 last year for an appearance to tell the students: study hard; party harder.


  4. Educated Derelicts on 29/29/14 at 1:41 pm

    Rutgers Edumacashuns bee all top notch. Now back to working on the most important issues facing humanity: globull warming and gay rights. Comrade have you seen my copy of Das Kapital? I thought we would take it with us when we meet up at Starbucks with our imaxipads to crush the kapitalist pig state. Don’t forget your Warner Bros. licensed trademark Guy Fawkes mask.

  5. gastorgrab on 29/29/14 at 2:13 pm

    If U kant spell, how did U get inta College?

    And home come ‘U’ are always correcting our spelling?

  6. nightfly on 29/29/14 at 2:30 pm

    I attended Rutgers and lived in the general area for nearly 20 years. Fifty kids isn’t really all that much by RU standards.

    For example, several dozen students took the court at halftime of a Rutgers-UMass basketball game in the mid-90’s to protest some dumb thing the then-president said; they refused to yield the floor to the players to begin the second half and the rest of the game had to be rescheduled. There are also the annual Take Back the Night marches which traditionally end at the Brower Commons on the main campus in downtown New Brunswick, and another march that (IIRC) took place after the Rodney King incident that closed down the main highway, NJ Route 18, for a couple of hours. (I distinctly remember one of the guys from my dorm in that one.) Groups have taken over the ROTC building, picketed other administrative offices, and protested down Frat Row. Heck, I was personally at an emergency meeting called when changes to the Journalism and Communications Major were announced, and the chair of the department had to face a full lecture hall of dismayed students who were afraid that half their completed credits were going to be worthless – that had to be at least four times the size of this pedestrian effort.