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Fordham University is under investigation from the U.S. Department of Education for allegedly violating a student’s free speech after administrators called the cops on him for Instagram posts. On his personal account, Austin Tong posted pictures with a legally obtained gun and criticized China’s handling of the Tiananmen Square massacre. Tong also posted about the death of St. Louis Police Captain David Dorn, who died trying to stop rioters from looting a friend’s pawn shop.

While the school’s website suggests that students enrolled at the university will have “the freedom of inquiry required by rigorous thinking and the quest for truth,” its reaction to Tong’s posts shows otherwise. Fordham officials reportedly considered the social media posts “grotesque” and “racist,” and sent “two uniformed public safety officers” to the Tong family home in Long Island, New York to “discuss the Instagram posts” and evaluate whether Tong “presented a danger to himself and others,” according to the U.S. DOE investigation.

After the visit, the university called Tong “a security threat,” despite the fact that officers “very quickly determined Mr. Tong posed no such threat” and that his weapon had been legally obtained. The university, however, shifted its focus to targeting Tong for “several posts on social media related to the current racial issues in the country and political issues in China.”

During its investigation, the school claimed that “members of the Fordham community felt threatened by the social media posts,” and that they violated “University Regulations relating to Bias and/or Hate Crimes,” and created “Threats/Intimidation, and Disorderly Conduct” because the posts were “alarming” and “racist.”

Due to these factors, the university decided to give Tong a penalty without appeal, barring him from campus and campus-related activities, mandating a “bias training,” and requiring him to write an apology letter.

According to the Department of Education, these actions by Fordham warrant an investigation into not only the university’s treatment of Tong, but also their ability to maintain and uphold their own policies about free speech and freedom of expression.

“These facts raise obvious questions regarding the integrity of Fordham’s disciplinary process and the possibility Fordham’s official animus toward the content of Mr. Tong’s constitutionally protected political speech was a motivating factor in the actions taken against him,” the letter read.

Author: Jordan Davidson

Source: The Federalist: Fordham University Sent Cops To Investigate A Student For Criticizing Communist China And ‘Black Lives Matter’ On Instagram

An estimated 30 people have died after supposedly “peaceful” protests erupted across the nation after George Floyd’s death on May 25. What started as civil protests and marches to address police brutality, condemn racism, and support Black Lives Matter, quickly turned into violence unmatched since the Civil Rights Movement.

Despite claims by politicians and corporate media that these protests were “mostly peaceful” and safe to do amidst a pandemic because racism is also a public health crisis, US cities were quickly plagued with looting, violence, arson, vandalism, and damage to public property.

It was this mayhem that proved fatal for some. Protestors and bystanders, ranging in age from 14 to 77, lost their lives in the chaos that media outlets labeled as a “peaceful demonstration intensified.”

Victims of the violence included a police captain, a former football player, a federal officer, a photographer, business owners, teens, and others. A majority of their deaths were caused by shootings, but a select few were caused by being hit or dragged by cars. One news report documented that a body was found burned to death in the remains of a Minneapolis pawn shop set on fire by rioters.

Chris Beaty, 38, who played football for Indiana University, was shot and killed on the street during an Indianapolis protest on May 30. Beaty’s family says they were told he was helping two women being mugged when he was shot.

Only some of those responsible for these deaths have been found and charged.

“Many of the people killed were African Americans, compounding the tragedy for black families,” the Associated Press reported.

While the media circus ran circles around the issue of these riots and deaths, others spoke out, calling for the cessation of violence to shield people from further injury and death.

In June, Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best spoke out against the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ) after a series of fatal shootings, violence, and tensions between CHAZ members and police broke out in the area.

“Enough is enough,” she said, calling for CHAZ’s dispersal. “Two African American men are dead at a place where they claim to be working for Black Lives Matter.”

“We have had multiple other instances of assaults, rape, robbery, shootings, and this is something that is going to need to change,” she added.

Attorney General William Barr called out the violence stating that it was causing “senseless havoc and destruction on innocent victims.”

“In the wake of George Floyd’s death, violent rioters and anarchists have hijacked legitimate protests to wreak senseless havoc and destruction on innocent victims,” Barr wrote.

“To state what should be obvious, peaceful protesters do not throw explosives into federal courthouses, tear down plywood with crowbars, or launch fecal matter at federal officers. Such acts are in fact federal crimes under statutes enacted by this Congress,” he added.

Barr also pledged to take legal action against those causing this destruction.

“We’ve had scores of indictments so far for such things as arson, destruction of federal property,” Barr said. “We have right now about 500 investigations underway, so it’s picking up pace. We are committed to holding accountable the people who engaged in this.”

President Trump tweeted that there must be law and order where violence is rampant. He also honored one of the victims of the riots, David Dorn, “a Great Police Captain from St. Louis” who died after being shot by looters at his friend’s pawn shop in St. Louis.

In addition to the deaths and injuries caused by the riots, cities around the United States are suffering from some of their most fatal and violent weeks in years. According to a report released by the Anderson Economic Group, looting costs in America’s 20 largest metropolitan areas exceeded $400 million in just the first weekend of rioting.

Author: Jordan Davidson

Source: The Federalist: Death Toll Rises To An Estimated 30 Victims Since ‘Mostly Peaceful Protests’ Began

Former Women’s March leader and Bernie Sanders campaign surrogate Linda Sarsour officially spoke in the Muslim Delegates and Allies Assembly meeting at the Democratic National Convention on Monday. Sarsour was ousted from her Women’s March position over public antisemitic comments.

In the assembly, Sarsour, a political activist and self-proclaimed “Palestinian-Muslim-American organizer,” claimed the Democratic Party is “absolutely” the party for Muslim Americans.

“The Democratic Party is not perfect, but it is absolutely our party in this moment,” she said.

In late 2019, Sarsour came under fire for claiming that “Israel ‘is built on the idea that Jews are supreme to everyone else’” at the American Muslims for Palestine conference. According to The Times of Israel, Sarsour also “supports a boycott of Israel and favors a one-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.” The one-state solution is code for ending the state of Israel.

Sanders named Sarsour to his campaign as a surrogate in September 2019. In the Twitter announcement of her support for Sanders, Sarsour claims she “would be proud…to elect the first Jewish Amerian president” after a “startling rise in white nationalism and anti-Semitism.”

Not only is Sarsour known for antisemitic comments, but she is also infamous for making anti-American statements. When Sarsour spoke at the 54th annual convention of the Islamic Society of North America, she said Muslims should commit a form of jihad against the American government.

“I hope that we, when we stand up to those who oppress our [Muslim] communities, that Allah accepts from us that as a form of jihad,” said Sarsour. “That we are struggling against tyrants and rulers, not only abroad in the Middle East or on the other side of the world, but here, in these United States of America.”

Author: Jordan Davidson

Source: The Federalist: Linda Sarsour, Who Raised Funds For Terrorist, Featured As DNC 2020 Speaker

Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) criticized President Trump’s 4th of July speech at Mount Rushmore for focusing on the accomplishments of historical figures.

“He spent all of his time talking about dead traitors,” Duckworth, a potential Biden vice president pick, told CNN in an interview.

In his speech, President Trump listed numerous historical figures and celebrities who played a large role in American history. Among those listed were the founding fathers, the presidents of Mount Rushmore, Fredwrick Douglass, Ulysses S. Grant, Martin Luther King, Harriet Tubman, and Elvis Presley.

“Our nation is witnessing a merciless campaign to wipe out our history, defame our heroes, erase our values, and indoctrinate our children,” President Trump said, as he highlighted the accomplishments of notable Americans.

“Those who seek to erase our heritage want Americans to forget our pride and our great dignity, so that we can no longer understand ourselves or America’s destiny. In toppling the heroes of 1776, they seek to dissolve the bonds of love and loyalty that we feel for our country, and that we feel for each other. Their goal is not a better America, their goal is the end of America,” he continued.

A full list of the people mentioned in the speech was published on Twitter by one of President Trump’s campaign staffers. In the tweet, he calls for Duckworth to clarify her statement about “dead traitors.”

“This a list of the men and women President @realDonaldTrump talked about in his speech at Mount Rushmore,” Giancarlo Sopo wrote. “Senator, please do tell the nation, who among them do you consider a ‘dead traitor’?”

Duckworth’s “dead traitor” comment was not her only complaint. She also chastised President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence’s COVID-19 response, claiming their task force “failed miserably” and that worry should be centered on other pressing issues rather than “our historical past.”

“He spent more time worried about dead Confederates than he did talking about the 130,000 Americans with COVID-19 or by warning Russia or the bounty they are putting on Americans’ heads,” she said. “His priorities are all wrong here.”

Duckworth, who continuously dodged the interviewer’s question about whether it is okay to pull down George Washington statues, also criticized the location of the Independence Day speech.

“Remember that the President at Mount Rushmore was standing on ground that was stolen from Native Americans who had actually been given that land during a treaty,” she said.

Tweets from Duckworth’s account show that her position on the historical significance of Mount Rushmore has changed. On July 4, 2015, the senator tweeted a photo of herself and others in festive and patriotic costumes.

“All dressd up as historic figures.I just coverd myself in Stars&Stripes. Next year I’m going as Mt.Rushmore!” she wrote.

Jordan Davidson is an intern for The Federalist and a recent graduate of Baylor University where she majored in political science and minored in journalism.

Author: Jordan Davidson

Source: The Federalist: Democrat Senator: Founding Fathers And American Heroes Are ‘Dead Traitors’

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