Administrators at DePaul University told the school’s College Republicans group this week they are banned from circulating a pro-life poster that mimics the style and design of the Black Lives Matter logo.
According to Inside Higher Ed, DePaul University President Dennis H. Holtschneiderordered the College Republicans to redesign their pro-life poster out of concerns that it “provokes the Black Lives Matter movement.
The Reverend Dennis H. Holtschneider, president at DePaul, released a statement in which he said that the Republicans banner “provokes the Black Lives Matter movement.” He elaborated: “Some people will say that DePaul’s stance unfairly silences speech to appease a crowd. Nothing can be further from the truth. As we experienced last spring, it’s not difficult to agree that there is a difference between a thoughtful discussion about immigration and a profane remark about Mexicans scrawled in the quad, or between a panel on racial climate and a noose — a powerful symbol of violence and hatred — outside a residence hall. In both recent cases, the first, we encourage; the second, we abhor.”
The student group released a statement, condemning the university for their decision to place restrictions on their expression: ““We, the DePaul College Republicans, are appalled by the university’s decision to censor pro-life messaging and give the Black Lives Matter movement some sort of protected status. Our proposed poster was in no way meant to ‘mock’ BLM, although we feel that we should be able to criticize the movement if and when we find it necessary to do so.”
“Frankly, DePaul University seems intent on trashing the very Catholic and American values it claims to be grounded in,” they stated.