Students at Ramapo College in New Jersey wanted to host a bipartisan BBQ event with a straightforward theme: “America.” It was to be co-hosted by College Democrats and College Republicans.
The event could not proceed as planned, however, after college administrators decided the “America” theme was “offensive.”
After being informed that the current theme was unacceptable, the president of College Republican asked a residence hall adviser for an explanation. The adviser wrote back: “To be honest, I’m not sure. I think it was administrative.”
Apparently, some of the planned advertisements for the America-themed BBQ incorporated the classic World War II “I Want You” recruitment featuring Uncle Sam. This administration, according to the residence hall adviser, considered the displays to be too “military and recruitment-oriented.”
It is not clear whether the College Democrats ever agreed to take part in the event. Taylor Gilson, president of the Ramapo College Republican, told Campus Reform he found the administration’s actions “disheartening.”
Ramapo is a public university funded by taxpayer dollars.
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