Valedictorian Censored During Graduation Speech

Valedictorian Censored During Graduation Speech

October 18, 2019 100 By Stanley Isaacs


>>So a high school valedictorian at a school
in Dallas, Texas, says her mic was cut during her graduation speech because she started
naming the names of victims of police brutality, police shootings, and other incidents. Take a look.>>To the kids senseless mass shootings. To Trayvon Martin, Kimberly Rice, and all
the other children who became victims.>>Yeah, we’re gonna go back to that video
in a second, because I hope you caught what happened on the right side of the screen. But that is Ruha Hacka, the valedictorian
at Emit J Conrad High School in Dallas. And she actually says before her speech, she
talked to a teacher and her principal, who both told her to cut those names from her
speech. She said when I first read my speech to my
teacher, I was told mentioning those names will incite anger towards White people, a
group which, according to her principal, experiences high levels of discrimination in America. She wrote this statement on Twitter, and so
she says that she was told that it was a technical difficulty and that’s why the mic was cut
out. But you will notices, as she points out, that
her principal makes some sort of a motion with his hand right as, watch it, you’ll see. On the right side of the screen, right there,
her principal is sitting next to her, to her left. Right there, this is right as she starts saying
Trayvon Martin, mic goes, and then he’s ready to go, gets up after giving the thumbs up. But a technical difficulty is what they’re
saying right now, and she was actually asked why she went forward with this speech in the
first place even after being told don’t say their names. And she says I knew none of the consequences
I could possibly face came even slightly close to what the families of the victims have to
deal with on a daily basis.>>And I’m sure that Steven Crowder, that
Dave Ruben, that Ben Shapiro->>Right
>>All these free speech warriors, free speech warriors-
>>Are gonna come to this young lady’s defense, because that was her speech, right? She’s a valedictorian, she’s given an opportunity
to give a speech, and all she’s doing is listing names of people who have been victimized by
police brutality, and she gets her mic cut.>>Wait, where’s the outrage?>>The people who were in my Twitter because
of the video we did earlier this week, right now, yelling about their right to be homophobic.>>Yeah, yeah, sit down, sit down, please.>>Wait, where are you? I don’t hear you on this, where are you? And of course, the school district put out
a statement saying we educate leaders of tomorrow and encourage student voices, and we’re looking
into this matter. There’s been no comment so far from the actual
school or the principal, besides this.>>It’s so pathetic.>>I know this issue is horrifying and frustrating,
but if you read the whole speech, you are filled with a sense of hope for America. The young people will save us. Because she actually dealt with all of these
issues in an incredibly nuanced way, right? She wasn’t clumsy at all, and she chose those
two names for a very calculated reason. She didn’t have a list. She published her vetted speech. And she didn’t have a list of 50 names, there
were no issues that are hotly debated. These are two very clear cases that most of
America seems to understand exhibit exactly what she was talking about, and she chose
them for a reason. And so first of all, kudos to her, and second
of all, I think we have to think about why and when we’re silencing people and fight
for them, because that’s the voice that obviously needs to be heard.>>Absolutely.>>And luckily, Twitter, in this case, which
can be a cesspool, in your mentions, when you do a video people don’t like, is her vehicle
for forwarding that message, and she’s doing a great job with it.>>She is, she is. I just think, look, if you’re gonna give a
valedictorian the opportunity to speak, then let her speak. If you trust her enough to give her that platform,
then allow her to use that platform to speak her mind. This type of censorship is just so unnecessary
and so ridiculous. And it’s disheartening to see a person who
has a position of power in education giving a thumbs up to cut someone’s mic and strip
her from the opportunity to speak her mind.