April 16, 2004


Nearly 500 people have signed an online petition protesting the selection of Mary Robinson as keynote speaker for this year’s Commencement.

Robinson, former President of Ireland and former high commissioner for human rights for the United Nations, has been described as anti-Semitic for her involvement in the World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance in Durban, South Africa.

Critics have also alleged that she has advocated suicide bombers as a legitimate method of pursuing Palestinian statehood. As of press time Wednesday, 460 students, as well as friends and family of students, lent their names to the petition, which calls “for Mary Robinson to be replaced as one of our Commencement speakers.”

Nice to see college kids standing up to the racist Establishment. William Sjostrom has more, including a link to a radio interview that casts doubt on her fitness as an inspirational speaker.

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