Black Lives Matter Goes After Iraq War Veteran After Powerful Op-Ed Takedown
A veteran of two tours of duty in Iraq has touched off a backlash of outrage and aggression on his college campus by daring to exercise his first amendment right to freedom of expression and, in the process, exposing the Black Lives Matter movement as intolerant and oppressive.
Bryan Stascavage, 30, is a philosophy and political science major at Wesleyan University who criticized the Black Lives Matter movement in an opinion piece published in the September 14, 2015 edition of the student newspaper, The Argus.
Stascavage attacked the BLM in his op-ed piece, "Black Lives Matter Isn't What You Think," for fueling anti-police hatred by using slogans such as “pigs in a blanket, fry ‘em up like bacon.”
The op-ed triggered an immediate reaction from the BLM group on campus as activists directed epithets at Stascavage and demanded that the university withdraw funding the newspaper that has been in print for 147 years.
Intimidation and censorship tactics, such as removing copies of the newspaper from circulation by throwing them in recycling bins, and attempting to shut down the newspaper have revealed the true nature of the BLM movement as extremist and repressive.
To its credit, the Wesleyan administration defended the Army veteran's right to free speech. University President Michael Roth released a statement that read, in part, “As members of a university community, we always have the right to respond with our own opinions, but there is no right not to be offended."
Stascavage said he knew his op-ed piece would be controversial, but added that it has been a valuable learning experience.
"I have learned more in the past 10 days than I learned in three years of college. Freedom of speech is critical for democracy."
Stascavage has written and published about 20 pieces for the school newspaper since his freshman year, but this is his first comment on the Black Lives Matter movement. He plans to continue writing for the paper.