‘Cancel culture’ crew nearly got me ‘expelled’ before I’d even started college. By Samantha Pfefferle.
For every public figure or pundit denouncing cancel culture — the wave of leftist coercion and censorship sweeping America’s institutions — there are many more who deny that such a thing even exists.
Before you believe the deniers, allow me to tell you what it’s like to find yourself in the jaws of this culture as a recent high-school graduate.
I wanted to attend Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis., because I sought a faith-based education.
The university touts itself as “Catholic and Jesuit,” but I knew that as a conservative and a supporter of President Trump, my views were likely to be controversial.
But I never imagined that months before ever setting foot on campus, I’d be subject to ridicule, incendiary comments and even death threats. …
On June 7, I showed my support for Trump with a TikTok video: I danced with the Trump 2020 flag and a Marquette University poster in the background. The video caption said: “When people see that I support Trump. Then try to hate on me, and think I’ll change my views.”
Two students found the video online and tried to turn my life upside down. One called for me to be blackballed by all sororities and clubs. Another put together a pre-scripted e-mail, which her followers sent to Marquette faculty by the hundreds.
Other students attacked a TikTok comment I made about illegal immigration, because I used the term “illegal immigrant” instead of “undocumented immigrant.”
Another highlighted a flippant comment I made on YouTube eight months ago about a pair of size-13 heels I found at a thrift store and referred to as “cross-dressing shoes.” I was told my comments were tantamount to violence against tall women and trans people. …
You’re out! The “university” came down on the side of the SJWs:
The administration at Marquette took the side of those trying to cancel me. …
Had I not publicized my case and lawyered up, I suspect the college administrators would have happily barred my education. …
Most galling: Marquette administrators showed no interest in my wellbeing or in defending my free-speech rights. There has been no indication that the students who targeted me with mass harassment have been, or ever will be, disciplined. Marquette has made clear it isn’t committed to protecting the free expression of conservatives like me.
Rescued by lawyering up, just to attend a “university”!
Thus she learned lesson number one at the “university” — “thou shall not have any other philosophy before our politically-correct narrative”.