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.