Let's hear it for closed-mindedness, because that is always acceptable to the "tolerant" Left when it suits its agenda.
Senator John Cornyn was slated to deliver the commencement address this coming weekend at the historically black university, Texas Southern, but alas no longer. According to the blog WeaselZippers, which cited the university's website, he will be replaced by Reps. Sheila Jackson Lee and Al Green.
You might recall that U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was recently booed at a different historically black university so, why should Texas Southern show a spine when pandering proves so much easier? Reuters reports:
More than 800 people signed a petition started by a Texas Southern University student who opposed the university’s invitation to the Republican senator to speak at Saturday’s graduation in Houston.
The petition said Cornyn’s backing of DeVos and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, among other things, showed that he supported “discriminatory policies and politicians.”
“We have the right to decide if we want to refuse to sit and listen to the words of a politician who chooses to use his political power in ways that continually harm marginalized and oppressed people,” the petition said.
The university, which will graduate more than 1,100 students on Saturday, said every effort had been made to ensure its ceremony was a celebration that would be remembered for the right reasons.
Cornyn has been invited to meet with Texas Southern University students in the future, the school said in a statement.
Libby Hambleton, a spokeswoman for Cornyn, said in an email that the senator was honored to have been invited to speak, but that he “respects the administration’s decision and looks forward to continuing to engage with the university in the future.”
It was not immediately clear who would replace Cornyn at the ceremony.
As astutely noted by the WZ blog, the 4-year graduation rate at Texas Southern is about 5 percent. We'll let you draw your own conclusions from that.