A flier posted on the campus of the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) calls for banning military veterans from four-year institutions because they are insensitive, intimidating, gay-bashing right-wing extremists.
The letter is authored by Terry Steinawitz, yet, KKTV couldn’t locate anyone by that name as a citizen of Colorado or a student at UCCS. The newsletter of the “Social Justice Collective Weekly" was not generated by the school, but it did receive approval to be posted on campus.
Here’s the letter in its entirety:
A four-year, traditional university is supposed to be a place of learning, of understanding, of safety and security. However, there is an element among us who may be frustrating these goals: Veterans.
UCCS is known for its number of veterans who are full and part-time students. But these veterans of much of the school prides themselves on may be hurting the university.
First off, many veterans openly mock the ideas of diversity and safe spaces for vulnerable members of society. This is directly in contradiction to the mission of UCCS. Many veterans utter the mantra that they, "do not see color". But the problem lies in their socialization into the military culture that is that of a white supremacist organization. They have been permanently tainted, and are no long fit for a four-year university.
Second, many students are frightened by the presence of veterans in their classrooms. Veterans usually have an overwhelming presence in the classroom, which can distract other students. This is usually true for vulnerable individual such as LGBTQQI2SAA, who have been known to be the butt of insensitive jokes made by veterans.
Finally, veterans usually are associated with extremists right-wing groups such as the tea party and the NRA. In order to provide a safe place for all students, extremist right-wing groups must be suppressed on campus. This would include their followers: veterans.
That is not to say that veterans should not be allowed an education. Veterans should be allowed to attend trade schools, or maybe even community college. But, in order to protect our academic institutions we must ban veterans from four-year universities.
UCCS Chancellor Tom Hutton issued a statement to show the school’s support of veterans, but also of free speech. He clarified that a “non-UCCS group” posted the flier and that UCCS “does not endorse and vigorously rejects the offensive viewpoints expressed.” However, Hutton said UCCS “adheres to the freedoms embodied in the United States Constitution” and allowed the flier to be posted.
“On the other hand, respect for the right of someone to speak should never be taken as endorsing the viewpoints that someone has expressed,” Hutton added. “Beyond the fact that the authors’ position is illegal, it is also wrong.”
Amazingly, in these dark campus times, many students agreed. Joe Hollmann told KKTV that the letter calls for inclusivity while excluding “one of the most important members of society, those that are guarding our freedom to even talk about this." Students around campus are taking the letters down as they find them. Most believe the authors are using fake names to protect themselves.