A handful of white girls decided to make a statement by wearing “Make America Great Again” caps to Howard University, a historically black college, while on a class trip to Washington, D.C. It obviously did not go well.
According to a report by Sarah Taylor of The Blaze, the girls had been wearing the “Trump hats” while visiting various DC landmarks. When they arrived at Howard, however, the caps were met with a less-than-enthusiastic response.
According to one of the girls involved, who posted her experiences on Facebook, it doesn’t appear they were trying to create a scene, although they should have known how easy it is to trigger snowflake college students these days. As it turned out, the girls were cursed at, harassed, and one even had her Trump hat stolen, all within the first few minutes of arriving on campus.
Here are the responses from students and angry Twitter users.
Right here in Annex white people gettin real bold we don't stand w trump pic.twitter.com/zoit7UpC2h
— Brit (@britnianise) August 19, 2017
The fact that she wore it to an hbcu…warranted an ass whooping.
— Mikasa Black (@Kiymariah) August 20, 2017
What would possess your Caucasian ass to show up to HOWARD. UNIVERSITY. with a damn Trump hat on?
— F. Shabazz (@FridayShabazz) August 19, 2017
My friend Sarah and I are on a trip to Washington DC with two schools, one being our own, Union City, and the other being Central Tech. We have been able to sight see and visit many historical places in DC without being harassed by anyone for supporting Donald Trump. Today we visited Howard University for lunch. Sarah was wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat, I was wearing my new Trump shirt I had just recently purchased, along with my own Trump hat. Walking to the cafe, a man yelled “F*** y’all” to me. While we were waiting in line not knowing that HU is a predominately “black” school, which either way SHOULDN’T MATTER, a man came up and stole Sarah’s hat. We had never even engaged with the students. Half of us weren’t even through the doors yet. Fortunately one of our supervisors was able to retrieve it. We were harassed continuously. The students took videos and pictures of us saying WE were being “disrespectful” and that “us being Caucasian, we should have known better.” After a lot of have, our head supervisors decided it would be a good idea to keep the peace and find somewhere else to eat. When we got on the bus, a girl from Central Tech told us to “remove our hats because we are racist.” This is America. These are the people who are racist and disrespectful. It’s unfortunate that more Trump supporters have to fear going places than others. I will never be embarrassed for supporting Donald Trump. I will always support OUR president when, and wherever, I please. #MAGA
Today, there were visitors on our campus who were wearing paraphernalia that showcased their political support. This occurrence and the responses on social media that followed emphasize the need for and importance of human interaction. The recent events in Charlottesville are the latest examples of the deep divisions that exist in our country. Though this is an institution where freedom of thought, choice, and expression are ever-present, we will never compromise our values or allow others to convince us to do so. We will remain committed to truth and service and boldly affirm who we are and what we stand for. Our campus is a space for educational engagement to occur between both those who do and do not share our values. Thankfully, when visitors set foot on our campus they are met with some of the brightest and best students in our nation. Howard students are not simply academically advanced, political activists, leaders, and mentors. Howard students represent all that is right about America.
Officials at Howard University’s dining hall, where the girls were confronted, said this via Twitter.
We will take any action necessary to ensure that HU students feel safe& comfortable in our dining spaces. This group is no longer on campus.
— HUDining (@HUdining) August 19, 2017
Consider the absurdity in this tweet – a college is actually promoting the idea that a Trump hat makes people feel unsafe and uncomfortable.
The entire situation shows just how dysfunctional political discourse has become on America’s college campuses. The girls should have had more consideration and concern before causing a scene, and the triggered students should ask themselves why they cannot emotionally handle seeing a hat.
Contrary to some reports, the girls were not thrown off campus – they left of their own accord, fully aware that some people just aren’t emotionally ready to deal with the real world just yet.
What do you think of the girls targeted for wearing Trump hats to a black college? Dumb idea? Insensitive? Provocative? Or just free speech? Let us know in the comments, and in addition, share this on social media.