YCT UT has canceled their racist "Catch and Illegal Immigrant" event.
The "Catch an Illegal Immigrant" game scheduled for Wednesday on the University of Texas campus has been canceled, according to a statement released by Lorenzo Garcia, chairman of the UT chapter of Young Conservatives of Texas (YCT).
The game, organized by YCT UT, would allow students across campus to "catch" other students wearing the words "illegal immigrant" on their clothing and bringing them to UT's West Mall in exchange for a $25 gift card. According to the Facebook page, the game was intended to "spark a campus-wide discussion about the issue of illegal immigration."
Garcia said the event was canceled due to group members' worries that "the university will retaliate against them and that the protest against the event could create a safety issue for our volunteers."
One thing that I believe has happened over the past several years is that progressives and liberals have learned that they do have a voice and have gained the ability to organize and use it. The last time YCT UT did this event in 2005 (during the dark days of the Bush Administration) no one said anything as one voice. People grumbled, figured it was free speech and moved on.
Some people have counseled that this should be ignored. I disagree. If we speak with one voice and stand firm for our values, things can be done.
Garcia said the event was canceled due to group members' worries that "the university will retaliate against them and that the protest against the event could create a safety issue for our volunteers."Good. Our voices were heard, something was done, and the event was canceled.
UT's Campus Climate Response Team responds to reports of discrimination. They tell KVUE News so far more than 500 complaints have been filed. That's the most they've ever received.
Cheers to everyone involved.
Statement from The University of Texas at Austin:
The University of Texas at Austin honors the right of free speech for all students. We welcome the Young Conservatives of Texas' decision to cancel Wednesday's event and look forward to the group being part of a thoughtful campus discussion about immigration.