Miami University Students Soothe Themselves With ‘Healing Garden’ Ahead of Milo Yiannopolous Visit

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By Emily Zanotti | 4:50 pm, December 8, 2016

When students at Miami University of Ohio heard that Milo Yiannopolous was coming to speak on campus, it immediately sent a shock wave of panic through the school’s snowflake population.

So in order to calm their frayed nerves, feminist and social justice groups on campus organized a student event designed to provide a “safe space” alternative to Milo’s speech.

For most of the week ahead of his visit, members of the Miami Women’s Center made giant flowers out of tissue paper, with messages of “inclusivity” and “tolerance” printed on their childlike petals.

Then gathering in this “Garden of Love” as Milo spoke, Miami students did crafts while they noshed on snacks and listened to soothing music, spoken word pieces, and poetry designed to “affirm all identities.”

Although the Facebook post says that the event was designed to promote tolerance and the invitation notes that “all are invited,” one of the speakers for the event, Kevin Samy, used it as a platform to speak out against Trump voters — whom he labeled, “white supremacists.”

The event drew about 150 people, who were told by Samy that they shouldn’t protest with an “outburst,” but should “oppose the ideas of the alt-right to be proactive in their dissent,” referring to Milo Yiannopolous indirectly.

Many of the students told the College Fix that Samy was helping them through this difficult time and that they were anxious to “educate others and develop real strategies.”

For some students, however, the message of “real strategies” did not fully sink in. At Milo’s speech, one campus feminist interrupted Milo by screaming, “why can’t we ask you questions?” When Milo noted that she had the floor and could ask any question she wanted, she responded by accusing him of not wanting “an open debate,” and then marching from the room with a small trail of students behind her.

You can watch Milo’s speech to Miami University of Ohio below.

 

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