A professor at Arizona State University saved some shadowy financier some money when she allowed her Global Politics of Human Rights class to carry out a protest against President Donald Trump instead of taking a final exam, claiming that the demonstration was a fair way to assess what they learned during the semester.
Professor Angeles Maldonado gave her students an incredibly easy choice: sit for a final exam or create a group project. Naturally, they decided to go for the project – which somehow morphed into a protest in front of the university’s library.
“The class decided that as a group project they wanted to make their voices heard about the issues that are affecting them today, so instead of just reading about the humans-rights violations, they’d speak out about the current violations that are happening,” Maldonado told the Arizona Republic.
In an inspiring display of their pricy education, Maldonado’s 20-odd students stood shoulder-to-shoulder to form a human wall, with each student holding a letter to together create the message: “Wall Against Hate!”
Such an effective, moving commentary on today’s politics that is certainly worthy of an A+ and possibly an academic award.
The protest was so powerful that other students joined in. “I’ve been going out to a lot of protests lately to show the administration that we don’t approve of them and to show the people in our community that there are people who support them,” said Maria Pakulis, a Women and Gender Studies major who is, like, totally anti-Trump.
Campus police were forced to intervene twice when some students were unable to make their way around the human chain, eventually giving a warning to Maldonado herself.
In a statement, ASU school administrators applauded the demonstration and reinforced students’ rights to express their opinions “as long as they do not violate student code of conduct and student organization policies and do not infringe on another student’s individual rights.”
Who wants to guess how quickly a pro-Trump demonstration would be found guilty of doing the above?