1960s-Era Dance Team In Trump-Sized Controversy On Texas State Campus
The joke -- old and worn by now -- is that Charles Manson was admitted to the hospital recently so that Trump wouldn't ask him to perform at his inauguration. They can't get anyone to play this thing -- they're down to Scott Baio and Grumpy Cat.
But the Inaugural Parade is a different matter. Accepting a
plea invitation to march in the parade are the Texas State University Strutters -- the second-most famous dance team in Texas, and also the largest in the nation.
But this is causing great wailing and gnashing to teeth on the TSU campus, where many in the student body, which is 33 percent Hispanic and 10 percent black, are not real happy to be represented at Trump's goose step march down Pennsylvania Ave. Houston Chronicle:
Jo Hogan, a 22-year-old senior studying musical theater, was sitting at her family's San Antonio dining room table after lunch when she saw the Strutters' announcement on social media.
"It's odd that the campus itself would say that this is a time where we should be supporting our president and we should be performing for him, given what's been going down," she said in an interview, adding that the all-female team would be celebrating "a man who thinks he can do whatever he wants, including to women."
But this being Texas (TSU, founded in 1899, didn't integrate until 1963), there are plenty of Trump supporters as well. Some students say they are proud to perform for Trump. Among them of course are a few advocating torture for those who disagree with them.
Emboldened by the election results, somebody placed fliers around campus advocating the "arrest and torture" of university leaders "spouting off all this diversity garbage." A few students walked campus with signs supporting Trump's proposed Mexico border wall and ban of Muslims from entering the U.S.
Other universities to be represented in the parade are also experiencing campus unrest. Students at Olivet Nazarene University (Illinois) and Talladega College (Alabama) are circulating petitions to pull their marching bands from the event.
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