During President Ellen Junn’s speech welcoming back students to Stanislaus State University in California, several social justice warriors stood up with a banner and started shouting over her. Instead of telling the rude students to sit down and shut up, Junn actually thanked them and asked for the crowd to give them a round of applause.
The SJW students were protesting to demand the expulsion of a fellow student, Nathan Damigo, who helped organize the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that resulted in the death of a counter-protester. The Modesto Bee reported on Damigo:
Damigo was arrested for refusing a police order to leave a park where white nationalists hoped to protest the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue, and he posted a video on his Twitter feed reveling in “national attention” to the incident.
Damigo prompted headlines in April for cold-cocking a young woman with a blow to the face during a Berkeley melee caught on video that went viral. He is the founder of Identity Evropa.
The students’ sign read, “When you give Nazis a platform, they bring torches. Expel Damigo.” Others in the crowd chanted and held up signs that read, “President Junn harbors hate at Stan State.”
Junn asked above the noise to be allowed a chance to address the protest. She said:
“I want everyone to know that these are students who are here passionately proclaiming their passion against hate speech and hate activism, and we are all a part of that fight as a campus, as a university. I want to applaud and commend the students for being here, showing up.”
After the applause died down, the students reclaimed their time and began shouting, “Expel Damigo!”
According to EAGnews.org, Junn hasn’t taken any action against Damigo, a 31-year-old former Marine:
Junn confirmed last week that Damigo remains enrolled at Stanislaus State, a satellite school affiliated with the University of California system.
Junn told the protesting students that privacy laws prohibit her from discussing Damigo status, but promised to “take swift action” if and when “a line is crossed.”
The university president is consulting with the school’s legal team, she said, “to provide me context to make a rational decision based on circumstances and evidence,” according to the Bee.