The fact that over 100 students got up and walked out of the event, I’d say they proved West right.
More than 100 students walked out on retired U.S. Army Lt. Colonel Allen West on Thursday as he began a speech at Saint Louis University to discuss the threat of radical Islam.
The students protesters — led by the SLU Rainbow Alliance and the Muslim Students’ Association — had arrived early and filled many of the seats in the two-story auditorium where West was slated to speak. As he took the stage they stood up and filed out.
At issue is West’s use of the term “radical Islam” — also the subject of his speech.
Last week an administrator at Saint Louis University told the conservative and Republican students organizing the talk that they were not allowed to use the words “radical Islam” on advertisements for the event, reported Young America’s Foundation, which sponsored the talk.
In response, West wrote an article saying he had been “censored,” called modern college students who seek safe spaces “little cupcakes,” and added:
I along with the YAF activists will not back down from this challenge. And if this is just a case of ill-conceived political correctness, we’ll rectify that. But, if this is a case of the influence of stealth jihad radical Islamic campus organizations such as the Muslim Student Association, an affiliate of the Muslim Brotherhood, then you will be exposed. And I recommend to the President of St. Louis University, you do not want it known that a radical Islamic organization is dictating speakers on your campus — that is not the type of PR you really want.
The fiery comments and the subject of his speech prompted the walk out.
“Our administrator made a request for him to tailor his speech to our community, and in response he made a lot of hateful comments about our students,” student Claire Cunningham told The Riverfront Times.
Saint Louis University president Fred Pestello told students in an email he stood in “solidarity” with them, calling West a “provocateur,” The College Fix is reporting.
The students — reportedly inspired by West calling them “little cupcakes” — also sold cupcakes outside the venue with proceeds to benefit Syrian refugees. As the students left the auditorium, West donated to the cause.