Action: Sign the MoveOn.org and Organize.org petitions to urge policymakers at the University of Maryland to create and enforce policies that would punish students connected to hate groups or those who demonstrate hate acts or hate speech on campus.
Background: The 2016 helped to normalize bigotry in America and ever since, racial tensions have been on the rise. On 5/20/17 US Army Lt Richard Collins III was killed at a bus stop near UMD by a UMD student who was a known member of a white supremacist organization. He was brutally stabbed and killed for being black.
Students from UMD’s Black Student Union, NAACP, Political Latinxs United for Movement and Action in Society, Community Roots, Ethiopian-Eritrean Student Association, National Pan-Hellenic Council, Muslim Political Alliance, American Indian Student Union and Pride Alliance have been asking for the administration to take a stand on bigotry at UMD. To date, their requests have gone unacknowledged, much less addressed.
This issue is controversial because it involves a right to free speech. However, advocates concur that the college administration have the right to create policies barring students from engaging in hate groups while registered at UMD. Students have a right to feel safe in their learning environment, but UMD's history of hate on campus is prohibiting that from happening.