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College administrators falling into a familiar trap set by conservative opponents

Conservative lawmakers are pressuring universities in response to demonstrations. This mirrors the tactics used in the 1960s and 1970s when conservatives attacked campus activists. Back then, college presidents gave in to demands from angry taxpayers and legislators, just as they are doing now. The involvement of police and National Guard often escalated peaceful protests into violent riots. Conservative lawyers sued college presidents for not keeping campuses open during protests. The right-wing also pressured college leaders to subdue protesting students by collecting signatures and withholding financial support. The goal is to silence student dissent by using claims of antisemitism against those protesting Israel’s actions in Gaza.


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