'Social Justice Is a Disease;' Cancelling Ivanka Trump's Talk Stirs Debate Over 'Free Speech'

Published June 9th, 2020 - 08:43 GMT
'Social Justice Is a Disease'; Cancelling Ivanka Trump's Speech Stirs Debate Over 'Free Speech'
The news drew mixed reactions among social media users. (Twitter: @PaulRudnickNY)

After being invited to be amongst guest speakers in the virtual commencement speech for 2020 class, Ivanka Trump reported being scrapped off the schedule by organizers in Wichita State University in Kansas state.

White House adviser and daughter of US President, Ivanka Trump, was invited last February to deliver a speech during the ceremony celebrating the graduation of 2020 class.

However, her scheduled speech, which was recorded mid-May, has been cancelled from airing during the ceremony last Saturday, apparently pressured by voices that oppose Trump's policies, especially amidst on-going protests that started following the death of African American George Floyd by Minneapolis police.

Using her Twitter account, Trump posted  a video of the speech through the official White House channel, adding in a tweet in which she condemned what she described as 'cancel culture' that "campuses shouldn't be bastions of free speech" and calling on people to listen to each other. 

Additionally, Ivanka's brother Donald Trump Jr. tweeted in support of her quoting a news article that called social justice "a disease."

The news drew mixed reactions among social media users, with many supporting the university's decision, in addition to others who highlighted possible violations of "freedom of expression targeting the Trump administration."


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