The Texas State University dance team is getting pilloried by some faculty, students and alumni after announcing it would be performing at Donald Trump’s inauguration.
Some believe that by letting its dance team perform, the school is “showing support to a racist and misogynistic man who was elected to be our president.” One Facebook commenter added sarcastically, “nothing like performing for a misogynistic, racist, homophobic, ill-tempered, emotionally stunted, ignorant, thin-skinned child to make a group of university students feel really good about themselves.”
Rebecca Bell-Metereau, an English professor at TSU, was the one who called the scheduled performance a “betrayal,” saying that the event is not an honor and students should not be forced to participate.
So sorry to see these plans, a betrayal of our diverse student body. Hope they’re not required to perform for this event-NOT an honor. https://t.co/nIQZNzEGlz
— RebeccaBell-Metereau (@voterebecca) December 27, 2016
Campus Reform spoke to Bell-Metereau about her comments. “Students and organizations have a right to engage in any legal activity, but many students have expressed reservations about how participation in this parade reflects on our university, given Mr. Trump’s own comments about Mexicans, women and the disabled.”
She then claimed that she does not take sides in the classroom, and encourages “all students in my classes to discuss issues in a civil and respectful way, regardless of their political views.”
Despite complaints, the school’s dance team is set to perform on January 20 when Trump is sworn into office.