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 â€“ which somehow morphed into a protest in front of the universityâ€™s library.
â€śThe 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, theyâ€™d speak out about the current violations that are happening,â€ť Maldonado told the Arizona Republic.
In an inspiring display of their pricy education, Maldonadoâ€™s 20-odd students stood shoulder-to-shoulder to form a human wall, with each student holding a letter to together create the message: â€śWall Against Hate!â€ť
Such an effective, moving commentary on todayâ€™s politics that is certainly worthy of an A+ and possibly an academic award.
The protest was so powerful that other students joined in. â€śIâ€™ve been going out to a lot of protests lately to show the administration that we donâ€™t approve of them and to show the people in our community that there are people who support them,â€ť 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 studentsâ€™ rights to express their opinions â€śas long as they do not violate student code of conduct and student organization policies and do not infringe on another studentâ€™s individual rights.â€ť
Who wants to guess how quickly a pro-Trump demonstration would be found guilty of doing the above?