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Several Howard University students banded together to protest a Friday morning convocation speech delivered by former FBI Director James Comey. Comey was invited by the institution to welcome the incoming class of 2021.

The students appear to belong to a student group named HU Resist. Chanting “No justice! No peace!” in between the chorus of “We shall not be moved,” the protesters caused Comey to halt his speech while a presentation about Howard’s relation to the Civil Rights movement played on the livestream. Comey eventually stepped back in front of the podium to finish his address.

A twitter page and hashtag under the name tweeted several posts explaining why the students choose to speak out during the ceremony.

Corey’s appearance at the historically Black institution was met with resistance because during his tenure as the head of the FBI, the bureau repeatedly found no evidence to press charges in several notable police shootings.

Even after several reports during the bureau’s multiple investigation showed that multiple police departments were defunct and introducing polices that  disproportionately affected Blacks and other minority communities. Not to mention the bureau’s history of policies and surveillance tactics that directly impacted people of color.

“I just wish the students knew how to have a conversation. A conversation is when you speak and I listen, and then I speak and you listen,” Comey said during the chanting. Several members of the crowd, clapped in response.

Howard announced their decision to invite Comey in August and also detailed that Comey would operate as the endowed chair for public policy during the 2017-2018 school year. Comey in turn donated his $100,000 salary to students who came from foster care homes.

 

Howard University Students Protest James Comey’s Convocation Speech was originally published on hellobeautiful.com

6 thoughts on “Howard University Students Protest James Comey’s Convocation Speech

  1. Whoppie 10 on said:

    It’s funny how one can hide behind the internet and make comments calling people apes. You must be a low self-esteem asshole that nobody likes, but act like their friend so you won’t look too much like the fool you are. You are the failed species, reveal your real name, address and photo and let’s see what happens. I bet you any amount of money your ignorant ass won’t say it then.

  2. Republican hypocrites on said:

    Hey they should let him speak,when he walks up to the podium everbody should yell homey,homey,homey,homey,homey,homey.
    Then raise your hand and say,can you do your homey the clown impersonation,from in living color.looool

    • Maybe, just maybe, they could learn something from hearing the man speak. Talk to him afterward and get a possible lead on a job. Just because you would behave like a child, don’t encourage others to do so.

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