Penn State University deleted a tweet that showed support for conservative viewpoints. The tweet stated, “Dear Students, Each of you belongs here,” with a Penn State-branded graphic elaborating on who “you” was.
Among the list of communities, the tweet was allegedly supporting, conservative viewpoints surprisingly made it passed the editing filter of the progressive-leaning school.
But then the tweet was deleted.
The graphic listed the following:
Dear Students, each of you belongs here.
Dear Black students, your lives matter.
Dear Muslim and Jewish students, your beliefs are valued here.
Dear conservative students, your viewpoints are important.
Dear Latinx students, you will not find walls here.
Dear female students, you are respected.
Dear LGBTQ students, you are supported here.
Dearn international students, you are welcome here.
Dear ALL students, we are here to support and learn from one another.
But after fierce backlash from students and alumni, the tweet was deleted.
penn state really addressed conservative students views being important while attempting to say “black lives matter” i’m confused
— jonna ♑︎ (@mckenziejonna) June 12, 2020
Conservatives having their feelings hurt because other students think they're sexist, racist assholes is NOT THE SAME as protecting the physical safety & humanity of others!
— Jessica Valenti (@JessicaValenti) June 12, 2020
This is embarrassing. Not for conservatives, but for liberals. Their overtones of “inclusivism” and “open-mindedness” ironically fall short at including and listening to a huge demographic of their culture – conservatives.
Student Cassandra Nuñez was one of many voices who opposed the conservative mention:
“Conservatives in the United States do not live in a system that was built from the blood and trauma of their ancestors — a system that continues to put down people who look like [their ancestors] every day.”
Nuñez must have forgotten about the thousands of conservatives from Hispanic, black, Asian, and other racial and ethnic backgrounds in American today.
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Campus Reform gave the following report after speaking with Penn State officials:
Penn State Director of Strategic Communications William Hessert, Jr told Campus Reform that the tweet was deleted because, while it was meant ‘to express the inclusive, democratic and participatory values of the liberal arts,’ the ‘message was not being received well and it is important for us that our messages be received as intended.’
‘While we do not believe in deleting our posts, given the sensitivities of the matter we felt that it was better to remove it,’ Hessert added.”