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Performer Mayyadda singing at the University of Minnesota Juneteenth Celebration “We Are The Noise: The Echoes of Our Ancestors” captured on Saturday, June 15.
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Published June 23, 2024

Response to “Protests planned for Milo Yiannopolous’ campus visit”

In the popular show, “Game of Thrones,” Tyrion Lannister said, “When you tear out a man’s tongue, you are not proving him a liar; you’re only telling the world that you fear what he might say.”
 
 
Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) has decided undemocratically that they should have the final say in who is allowed to speak on this campus. Milo Yiannopoulos is without a doubt a controversial figure in the area of gender politics. However, that doesn’t mean everyone at his event is going to turn off their brain and become indoctrinated. 
 
 
I plan on attending this event with the conviction that I want to hear another side of a relatively new issue in our society. Still, SDS has every right to protest the event. I do not believe doing so is necessary or even a great idea — but then again, who am I to tell them what they can say or do?
 
 
Lastly, it should be noted President Barack Obama wouldn’t agree with SDS. He once said, “I don’t agree … that you, when you become students at colleges, you have to be coddled and protected from different points of view.”
 
 
Ryan Carlson
University student
 
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