In the emotional hours after five police officers were shot and killed during a Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas last month, Rohini Sethi vented on Facebook.
“Forget #BlackLivesMatter;” wrote Sethi, the vice president of the Student Government Association at the University of Houston. “More like AllLivesMatter.”
This is not allowed, and she has been suspended from her post and ordered to a re-education camp:
“Her post and subsequent actions were very divisive,” student body President Shane A. Smith told The Washington Post. “It caused some in our student body to become very upset with her. They lost faith in her ability to represent them because they felt that she did not understand or respect the struggles in their lives.”
On Wednesday, in a crowded Student Government Association meeting, student leaders gave Smith temporary power to sanction Sethi. Smith complied with their request that he suspend her. Sethi also offered to take a three-day cultural sensitivity workshop, Smith said.
I’d want to see an organization like FIRE get involved, but Ms. Sethi has already caved and acknowledged her “wrongdoing” in engaging in the ThoughtCrime of saying “all lives matter” when all right-thinking people know to reserve their concern for the lives of people with a particular skin color. Jonathan Turley reports that she has issued a statement of apology:
I have chosen to take these steps on my own because of the division I’ve created among our student body,. I may have the right to post what I did, but I still should not have. My words at the time didn’t accurately convey my feeling and cause many students to lose their faith in me to advocate for them. I will always continue to learn and be ready to discuss these issues.
It was easy to beat her into submission, apparently. But then, it generally is . . . more than most people would like to acknowledge.