Students watched Thursday morning as a professor at Saddleback College tore down their posters memorializing the lives lost to terrorism on 9/11.
The posters had been put up around the college campus as part of the school’s chapter of the Young America’s Foundation’s (YAF) project titled, "9/11: Never Forget Project." The project’s mission on the YAF website reads:
Each year Young America’s Foundation helps students across the country properly remember the anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks through our 9/11: Never Forget Project. Young America’s Foundation began this program in 2003 when we discovered that most college campuses were either completely ignoring the anniversary or holding a politically correct event instead.
As part of YAF’s memorial, students are encouraged to plant an American flag on campus as part of the 2,977 American flags representing the passed victims of the 9/11 attacks, schedule a moment of silence or prayer on the morning of September 11th, host a conservative speaker with YAF, or distribute materials on campus on the anniversary of the attacks. A total of 206 campus YAF chapters have participated in this memorializing event.
The following is a screenshot of one of the posters that were distributed by the YAF students:
It seems the poster memorializing the American victims of terrorism was too triggering for one sensitive professor to handle. The professor in the video was later identified by students as Margot Lovett, a history department chair and Gender Studies lecturer at Saddleback College. Lovett had redirected the students to one of Saddleback College’s “free speech areas” and they demanded they get a "stamp" of approval before hanging up their posters.
YAF spokeswoman Emily Jashinsky pointed out Lovett was in the news back in 2001 for endorsing the anti-American statement made by the Black Radical Congress (BRC) in response to the 9/11 attacks, blaming the United States for “genocidal levels of death and destruction.”
“Saddleback College is a public school,” Jashinsky wrote. “Under no circumstances should it be this difficult for students to exercise their First Amendment rights to memorialize the victims of the 9/11 attacks.”
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