Colorado University Newsletter Demands Banning Veterans From Campus

Bryan Michalek | August 28, 2017

A now-viral newsletter posted at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs campus made headlines for stating that veterans should be banned from four-year colleges and universities. 

Initially reported by KKTV, the newsletter clearly states that military veterans should be banned from classes before drawing a comparison between military culture and white supremacist groups. 

The newsletter reads as follows:

"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 those 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."

Titled "Social Justice Collective Weekly" this marks the first issue of the campus newsletter. The letter had reportedly been approved by the university, but a UCCS now says it is not representative of the views held by the school.

In addition, UCCS Chancellor Venkat Reddy issued a statement of his own, claiming that while the newsletter is protected under free speech, the university does not condone its claims.

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