No, this isn’t satire. There are actually college students that feel threatened by Vice President Mike Pence delivering Notre Dame University’s commencement address.
According to a few senior students at Notre Dame University, there are “many” Notre Dame students that “feel unsafe to have someone who openly is offensive but also demeaning of their humanity and of their life and of their identity.”
One of the leaders of the group protesting VP Pence is Imanne Mondane.
Mondane told the student newspaper:
“For me personally, represents the larger Trump administration, 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.”
Additionally, Mondane and her cohorts rallied a group to push a #notmycommencementspeaker campaign on campus stating:
“What we want to do is give a voice to those who have been silenced. It’s not even a matter of feeling like they have been silenced — they have been silenced on our campus and in our country.”
However, social media certainly responded in a way Mondane likely would not have anticipated:
Maybe Americans will wake up and begin to see that these universities are destroying the minds of our children. #NotMyCommencementSpeaker
— Happy Gringo (@jeff_gringo) April 12, 2017
— Chris Westrick (@CHWestrick) April 12, 2017
— LuckyMomIAm (@LuckyMomIAm) April 12, 2017
The Facebook page for the campaign has since been deleted, but its description was:
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.
Mondane stated the end goal for their campaign:
“I think that if you could come across to the people of our campus, the professors, the administrators, to Jenkins, it would be amazing. Maybe then he would … think and act in regards to the other people on our campus who are not white, conservative Catholics.”