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Dr. Rashad Richey

National TV Political Analyst, Talk Radio Host, Univ. Prof.

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Today’s college protesters are tomorrow’s world leaders

May 3

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Protests against Israel’s actions in Gaza have spread across cities and campuses around the world as accusations of genocide continue to mount. And while U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken works to negotiate a peaceful resolution, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu continues to promise more violence, proclaiming that Israel will invade Rafah with or without a hostage deal.

Straight Arrow News contributor Dr. Rashad Richey says that Israel is not waging a war against Hamas — it is waging a genocide against Palestinian civilians, with the large majority of them women and children. Dr. Richey reminds viewers that U.S. protests are fundamentally anti-genocide, that those who organize these protests today will be the leaders of the world tomorrow, and that this movement comes from a positive belief that solutions better than indiscriminate violence must exist.

Okay, college protests happening all over the United States of America, college students are standing up for what? They’re standing up to protect human beings. They’re anti-war, yes, they are anti-war. They’re anti-genocide.

You got to look at the details, look at the facts. Palestinians are not at war with the government of Israel. The government of Israel says they are not at war with Palestinians. Well, you could have fooled me, because the people who were being killed [sic] 70% of Palestinians who were killed in Gaza are women and children, they have no weapons, they have no combat training, they are simply trying to survive, trying to wake up every day and figure out how to work and how to put bread on the table. That’s what they’re doing.

But instead, you have a policy that’s antithetical to common sense coming out of the United States of America. That’s why American college students are standing up. These student groups are both pro-Israel student groups and pro-Palestinian student groups, that gets lost in the narrative. They are showing us a better way, a new approach. You see, they give me hope, because they don’t think like the old guard, they’re not resolving conflict by way of this war. They believe in a better path forward.

And see, one day, they will not be denied. Even if you shut down their encampment, one day, they will not be denied. Even if you suspend them from school, one day, they will not be denied. You know why? Because those same students that you’re shutting down, those same students that are protesting in unison, saying, ‘Stop the war,’ those, like it or not, are the future leaders of this nation. They will not be denied.

Okay, college protests happening all over the United States of America, college students are standing up for what? They’re standing up to protect human beings. They’re anti war. Yes, they are anti war. They’re anti genocide. You got to look at the details. Look at the facts. Palestinians are not at war with the Government of Israel, the government of Israel says they are not at war with Palestinians. Well, you could have fooled me, because the people who were being killed a Palestinian 70% of Palestinians who were killed in Gaza, are women and children, they have no weapons, they have no combat training, they are simply trying to survive trying to wake up every day and figure out how to work and how to put bread on the table. That’s what they’re doing. But instead, you have a policy that’s antithetical to common sense coming out of the United States of America. That’s why American college students are standing up. These student groups are both pro Israel student groups and pro Palestinian student groups that gets lost in the narrative. They are showing us a better way, a new approach. You see, they give me hope, because they don’t think like the old guard, they’re not resolving conflict, by way of this war. They believe in a better path forward, and see one day they will not be denied. Even if you shut down their encampment, one day, they will not be denied. Even if you suspend them from school one day, they will not be denied. You know why? Because those same students that you’re shutting down, those same students that are protesting in unison, saying stop the war, those like it or not, are the future leaders of this nation. They will not be denied. Now, there are some colleges who are already learning from the mistakes of others, for example, Northwestern University, also Brown University, they have negotiated deals with their student advocacy groups on campus. These deals are mutually respected, and mutually benefit the interest not only of the institution, but of those who attend. At the end of the day, who makes a college a college, not the professors, not the faculty, no, not the president, the students, they are the ones who make it what it is. Now, full disclosure, I’m a college professor, myself, and one of the campuses that I work at, well, there’s conflict now, that conflict has not risen to the level of there being an encampment or a student, active student protests, but it could. And I hope that the leaders that govern that board of trustees and that institution are willing to listen to what the students are saying. This is how we move forward. This is how we progress. Anything less than that will be met with defiance, obviously. And this is the reality of America, we push and pull. We try to stand up and sacrifice to make sure we have a better nation. I believe it is the right way forward, to look at the details to pay attention to the nuance, and not just accept a narrative that has been handed to us from others.

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