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Well.

A climate of fear seeped over UPIKE at the end of the week and only a tiny percentage of our students are on campus this weekend. The entrances to the school have been blocked off by buses. The planned diversity rallies were canceled.

Campus ministries screened Tickling Giants (which is amazingly good) last night. On the other hand, it also made me feel truly cowardly for not going downtown today to protest the nazis. I'm afraid of losing my job if I do. People under oppressive regimes have true things to fear.

I'm watching a livestream of the protests via Unicorn Riot and the local tv station. The nazi program was scheduled to start at 2, with their permit from 12-5. It's 2:30 and it appears that about a dozen nazis have shown up, all of them league of the south and not the twp who scheduled things. There are more like 200 antifa/ARA/and anti-nazi protesters on the other side of the street. The Oathkeepers also showed up and when interviewed tried to do some verbal dancing in saying that they're not in agreement with either side of the situation but how dare those protesters show up and give the nazis a bigger platform, and the nazis have the right to be in town because free speech.

No kidding free speech. They absolutely 100% have the right to say whatever the heck they want. They are allowed to spew their disgusting rhetoric.

But that doesn't mean they have a right to be agreed with. That doesn't mean they have a right to be listened to. That doesn't mean they have the right to not be drowned out by protesters' shouts, horns, and occasionally a tuba.

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