Students Threaten Walkout, Prompt Cancellation of Cruz Visit


How you like them New York values Ted?

Ted Cruz is currently in New York trying to drum up support leading up to the primary on April, 19th.  It was announced last week that Cruz was going to visit a Bronx high school and speak about his plans for education.  Anyone who has been following this election cycle at all immediately thought that it was an odd choice for a destination. Ted Cruz does not mesh well with New York City.  Large sections of Long Island, sure, expansive swaths of upstate, absolutely, but not the city.  Aside from his staunchly conservative views, he famously derided, “New York values” multiple times -and New Yorkers are not quick to forgive and forget.  Remember John Rocker? We still hate him; I mean, hate him.

Cruz’s campaign was delusional if they thought their ultra-conservative candidate was going to waltz into one of the most diverse boroughs, in one of the most liberal cities on the planet, and spout his rhetoric to booming applause.  Cruz was scheduled to speak at the Bronx Lighthouse College Preparatory Academy yesterday, but students threatened a walkout as an “act of civil disobedience” stating that Cruz is, “misogynistic, homophobic, and racist” and that he is “actively working to harm” their community.  In a direct and focused letter (below) to their principal Alix Duggins, students argued passionately for the cancellation of the event.

“Your points are eloquently argued.  In fact, so eloquently argued that upon reading your email, Khori Whittaker, the CEO of Lighthouse Academies has agreed to cancel the visit,” stated Principal Duggins, according to The Daily News.

This was not good news for the Cruz campaign, but in reality, his chances in New York were nil from jump street, so the overall impact is very low.  Polls have Cruz getting absolutely hammered by Trump -and beaten by Kasich- in the Empire State.  At this point the Cruz campaign should just write-off New York entirely and head straight to California.


Here’s the full letter:


Hello Ms. Duggins,

A group of students will be leaving during 4th period, as act of civil disobedience in regards to the arrival of Ted Cruz to BLCPA. We have all considered the consequences of our actions and are willing to accept them. We respect you and all the staff at BLCPA as well as the expected guests. But we want you to understand that as passionate students, we have ideas and principles that should be heard and respected. This walk out isn’t a reflection of our discontent with BLCPA but our opportunity to stand up for our community and future. This walk out is taking place because we as students all share a common idea.

The presence of Ted Cruz and the ideas he stands for are offensive. His views are against ours and are actively working to harm us, our community, and the people we love. He is misogynistic, homophobic, and racist. He has used vulgar language, gestures, and profanity directed at a scholar and staff members, along with harassing and posing threats to staff and scholars according to the Disciplinary Referral slip. This is not to be taken kiddingly or as a joke. We are students who feel the need and right to not be passive to such disrespect.


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