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Event About ‘White Supremacy’ Planned To Counter Shapiro At University Of Minnesota

At the University of Minnesota, where Daily Wire Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro’s speech on February 26 has been pushed to a venue off campus, the university’s women’s center is hosting an event on the main campus hours before Shapiro’s speech titled, “White Supremacy in the Age of Trump: An Anti-Racist Teach-In.”

On the university’s events website, the event planners write, “One of the ways white supremacy has re-entered the political mainstream is through the type of #FakeNews conservatism espoused” by Shapiro. They add, “A conservative political commentator whose racist indifference toward the pain and suffering of Black and Brown people is well-documented, Mr. Shapiro has been invited by the Young America’s Foundation to spread his racially divisive views in a campus-wide lecture on Feb 26th.”

Organizers of the event told Campus Reform, “We do not know whether Ben Shapiro is a white supremacist. What we know is that we have received an outpouring of support.” The event boasts it will be “mapping the connections between white extremist groups and American conservatism today,” while “unpacking the ways white supremacy manifests itself in systems, language, and culture.”

Shapiro’s event, which is scheduled to take place at the 400-seat St. Paul Student Center, has already sold out, even after the university added more seats, CFACT and The Minnesota Republic reported, adding, “The venue added 49 seats, bringing capacity to 449. The additional 49 seats will have an obstructed view due to pillars in the room. The new tickets were given to the first 49 people on the waitlist and the event remains sold out.”

Madison Dibble, editor-in-chief of The Minnesota Republic and a Campus Reform correspondent, expressed her irritation with the event, asserting, “I find it rich that the University of Minnesota Women’s Center is protesting Mr. Shapiro and labeling all conservative women at the university as racists. The Women’s center is attacking student groups that have offered countless leadership opportunities for women on campus, including myself.”