Students at the University of Notre Dame are not happy that Vice President Mike Pence is going to speak at their commencement ceremony. Some are even claiming that Pence’s presence on campus makes them “feel unsafe,” and have taken to social media to express their hurt feelings, Campus Reform’s Amber Athey reports.
Two seniors encouraged their fellow students to share messages about why Pence makes them feel unsafe written out on white boards, photographed, and posted via Facebook and Twitter.
The Facebook page explanation for the protest reads:
We are inviting all those who would like to participate to take photos, holding a white board in your hands with direct quotes from Pence that are racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, offensive, or ostracizing to members of our community. You may also write why you feel unsafe with the presence of Mike Pence on our campus. All Seniors and those graduating this may are invited to use the hashtag #NotMyCommencementSpeaker and everyone else is invited to use the hashtag #NotMyVicePresident. We will meet in front of Main Building (at the statue) and take photos this week on the following days and their corresponding times:
“For me personally, [Pence] represents the larger Trump administration,” Imanne Mondane, one of the students behind the campaign, told The Observer, a student-run newspaper. “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.”
Senior Jourdyhn Williams, another student involved in the protest, said she thinks it “goes against certain Catholic Social Teaching,” to invite Pence, a conservative Christian, on campus.