Some Fight­ing Ir­ish feel un­safe over Pence

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Dou­glas Ernst — David Sherfin­ski

Vice Pres­i­dent Mike Pence’s sched­uled com­mence­ment speech at Notre Dame has prompted a protest cam­paign by se­niors who feel “un­safe.”

Mem­bers of the “The Fight­ing Ir­ish” class of 2017 are fright­ened by Mr. Pence and have started a “#NotMyCom­mence­men­tS­peaker” cam­paign against his May 21 ad­dress, at which he will also re­ceive an hon­orary de­gree.

Se­niors Im­mane Mon­dane and Jour­dyhn Wil­liams cre­ated the white­board protest, which in­cludes pic­tures of stu­dents hold­ing up an­tiPence mes­sages.

“His ad­min­is­tra­tion rep­re­sents some­thing, and for many peo­ple on our cam­pus, it makes them feel un­safe to have some­one who openly is of­fen­sive but also de­mean­ing of their hu­man­ity and of their life and of their iden­tity,” Ms. Mon­dane told the school’s news­pa­per, The Ob­server.

A Face­book group asks stu­dents to show up to photo ses­sions through­out the week. White­boards are to have “di­rect quotes from Pence that are racist, sex­ist, ho­mo­pho­bic, xeno­pho­bic, of­fen­sive, or os­tra­ciz­ing to mem­bers of our com­mu­nity.”

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