Liberal students at the University of New Mexico led the student senate to a decision to kick Chick-fil-a off campus, despite polls that showed the vast majority of students wanted them to stay. Yesterday, the governing body over dining at the university resoundingly overturned that decision.
The reason I’m posting this story is the practically hyperventilating students who said that the very presence of a Chick-fil-a bag made them feel “unsafe” and “threatened.” No seriously…students actually said that.
Here’s video of the local news report:
from KRQE (emphasis mine):
“Students started expressing to me they felt unsafe to go into their own campus union building,” Sen. Miquela Ortiz of the Associated Students of UNM said. “When they said they felt uncomfortable on campus, I felt it was an issue that I should bring up.”
Ortiz sponsored a resolution to boot food vendor off the university’s campus.
Late last year Chick-fil-A’s president stirred up protests across the nation and even in Albuquerque after speaking out against gay marriage.
Last week the student senate passed Ortiz’s resolution and asked the SUB board to make Chick-fil-A fly the coop. The meeting was full of emotion.
“Please look at this from a moral standpoint,” said Brittany Arneson, a student against having Chick-fil-A on campus. “Look at the kids that are here that are telling you, ‘I do not feel safe on this campus anymore.’”
Those in favor of booting the vendor say even the bags have become a symbol of hate. They claim seeing professors and students carrying them on campus makes them uncomfortable and fearful of retaliation because of their lifestyles.
Facepalm. Look, I’ve got some news for you. If you feel unsafe because of a fast food bag, you’re not ready for the real world.
I find it absolutely hilarious that the Chick-fil-a opponents actually tried to frame this as a student safety issue. I love what the one student in the video said about the whole ordeal:
“Nobody is in imminent danger on this campus because of chicken."