[Rushtalk] Historically black university in Texas cancels Senator's speech for not being democrat
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Historically black university in Texas cancels Senator's speech
By Gina Cherelus,Reuters
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By Gina Cherelus
(Reuters) - U.S. Senator John Cornyn will no longer deliver the
commencement address at Texas Southern University this weekend, the
school said on Friday, after U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was
booed at another historically black university.
More than 800 people signed a petition started by a Texas Southern
University student who opposed the university's invitation to the
Republican senator to speak at Saturday's graduation in Houston.
The petition said Cornyn's backing of DeVos and Attorney General Jeff
Sessions, among other things, showed that he supported "discriminatory
policies and politicians."
"We have the right to decide if we want to refuse to sit and listen to
the words of a politician who chooses to use his political power in ways
that continually harm marginalized and oppressed people," the petition
The university, which will graduate more than 1,100 students on
Saturday, said every effort had been made to ensure its ceremony was a
celebration that would be remembered for the right reasons.
Cornyn has been invited to meet with Texas Southern University students
in the future, the school said in a statement.
Libby Hambleton, a spokeswoman for Cornyn, said in an email that the
senator was honored to have been invited to speak, but that he "respects
the administration's decision and looks forward to continuing to engage
with the university in the future."
It was not immediately clear who would replace Cornyn at the ceremony.
Texas Southern University's action came after graduates at
Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida, booed, jeered and
turned their backs on DeVos in protest on Wednesday as the education
secretary gave a commencement speech.
Bethune-Cookman students, alumni and political activists, angered by
comments DeVos has made about historically black colleges and
universities, gathered tens of thousands of signatures on petitions
seeking to have the invitation to DeVos rescinded.
DeVos, who is a proponent of school choice, said in February that such
schools were "real pioneers" when it came to choice, without
acknowledging racism as the main factor that led to the creation of such
She subsequently noted that historically black colleges were created
because other institutions were not open to African-Americans.
(Reporting by Gina Cherelus in New York; Editing Daniel Wallis)
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