When Jason Veley recorded his creative-writing professor’s class-lecture warning that Republicans “want things to go back — not to to 1955, but to 1855,″ he didn’t know he would inspire thousands of students to speak out about life on liberal campuses.
College Republicans chairwoman Alex Smith heard Veley’s story, and it dawned on her that his experience wasn’t unique. The only difference, Smith said, is that “most of the time there isn’t a recording, some concrete evidence of bias.”
Smith created the hashtag #MyLiberalCampus before appearing with Veley on The Kelly File last week. The hashtag encourages students on college campuses across the country to share their experiences with liberal bias in the classroom and with their peers.
After the College Republicans National Committee tweeted #MyLiberalCampus, stories came pouring in. Within twelve hours the hashtag had received 350,000 views.
Our universities are indoctrinated by liberal bias and fail to offer any diversity of thought. Use #MyLiberalCampus…we want to know!
— College Republicans (@CRNC) April 23, 2014
Cam Earle at University of Vermont tweeted that the largest political group on campus is the international socialist club.
— Cam Earle (@camearle) April 23, 2014
Jere Ford of the University of San Diego said the college blocked his gun club from holding a gun-safety event because of “safety concerns.”
— Jere Ford (@JereFord1) April 23, 2014
At Morehouse College, a student group called Morehouse Republicans responded to questions from campus liberals about how black students could be Republicans.
Questions #MyLiberalCampus ask : Wait, how can you be black and republican?
Our response: We believe in freedom.
— MorehouseCRs 🐘🇺🇸 (@MorehouseCRs) April 23, 2014
University of North Dakota alumnus Aaron Horak said a professor assigned Barack Obama’s memoir Dreams From My Father a month before the 2008 election.
#MyLiberalCampus had a prof require reading of Obama's book 'Dreams of My Father' months before 2008 election. When I refused he was stunned
— Aaron Horak (@AaronHorak) April 24, 2014
Brenna Hunter has a classmate who tried convincing her that “rape is sometimes okay.”
Classmate trying to convince me and another girl "rape is sometimes okay." #MyLiberalCampus
— Brenna Hunter (@HunterBrenna) April 24, 2014
Sara Jane reminded us that Barnard College will host Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood, as its commencement speaker on May 18.
— Sara Jane (@the_sarajane) April 25, 2014
And we probably shouldn’t share this one . . .
Alex Smith told National Review Online that students are still responding to CRNC’s initial tweet of #MyLiberalCampus. Several professors tweeted to explain that they’re not all biased. “Sadly they are few and far between,” Smith said.
— Joshua Encinias is an Agostinelli Fellow at National Review Online.