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College Commencements are Political Rallies

By Lamont Mann

Editor’s note: Lamont Mann is part of the weekly update team (Fridays) and also weighs in on a variety of subjects during the week. He is former military and a UH grad. Twitter: @sportsmedialm

Saturday, my daughter graduated college.  I was upset about having to sit for hours and listen to a bunch of nerds speak, but nothing would prepare me for what I endured for the next two hours.

When I graduated, Bill Clinton was President.  I recall the chancellor saying a few words and then rolling into announcing graduates’ names.  I have not attended many college commencements, but I have attended a lot of high school graduations. The drill is the same.

I know most American Universities are liberal indoctrination centers, but I didn’t consider it would invade my daughter’s commencement.

As I sat with my family (who are mostly Democrat), I began reading the program.  A person then instructed us to stand up and recite the Pledge of Allegiance – I quickly jumped up, removed my cap, and put my right hand across the heart. During the recital, I scanned the crowd and saw that a ton of people still had on their caps, arms by their side and of course, head in their phone.  This was not a big deal, just more so an observation.

The first speaker was the Student Body President, who was of Hispanic descent. He recounted his life, spoke of how he was a first-generation graduate, and I clapped in appreciation.

Then, things took a drastic turn.

He continued about how happy he was that the State of Texas is protecting undocumented students like himself, his voice elevating all the while. All of the graduates, my family and the rest of the audience erupted in applause.

At this point, I realized the environment I was in.

The Chancellor returned to the podium and begin slamming “The Wall.” Lastly, the keynote speaker continued to hammer “The Wall,” ICE Agents, and gender diversity.

I was furious. So furious in fact, I left and waited outside for my daughter and family.

I understand people have different ideological and political views, but I didn’t expect these agendas to come forth so boldly during a college commencement.

In hindsight, it was dumb of me to think otherwise.

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