Organizers of the protest expect over 100 UofC students, staff and faculty to attend the protest and have also invited “all of Chicago” to attend.
In addition to protesting Lewandowski, organizers are demanding that the UofC and its affiliates stop hosting Trump surrogates, like press secretary Sean Spicer, who spoke at the IOP last month. Anton Ford, an associate professor of philosophy, notes that Lewandowski and Spicer’s “rhetoric and worldview incites hate and violence against people who are already the most marginalized and vulnerable members of our community.”
“It would be bad enough for them to be hosting these figures at all. But to have this event as a private, off-the record ‘conversation’ means that Lewandowski is even less likely to be challenged and questioned publicly,” elaborated Ford. Lewandowski’s talk is open only to UofC students and media are barred from attending.
The University of Chicago campus has seen a significant uptick in white supremacist activity since the fall. Two separate neo-Nazi groups have plastered university buildings in racist posters. In December, swastika-covered images of Hitler were hung across the campus, including on the front door of the building that houses the centers for race and gender studies. Last week, another group put up dozens of posters encouraging white people to “become great again” and to “protect your heritage.”
“The UofC has failed to take meaningful action against the presence of white supremacist hate groups on campus. When you view that alongside inviting someone like Lewandowski to campus, it sends a clear signal that racists are welcome at this University,” argued Kylie Zane, who graduated from the UofC last year.