New President of UT College Republicans Just as Awful as the Last One

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A month ago, UT College Republicans president Lauren Pierce tweeted her sympathy for those who want to assassinate President Obama:

“Y'all as tempting as it may be, don't shoot Obama. We need him to go down in history as the WORST president we've EVER had! #2012.”

Pierce was forced to resign in disgrace. Not the disgrace of her fellow College Republicans, however, who seem to have found a comparable replacement in former VP Cassie Wright.

A month ago, Wright said this to ABC News about the Pierce scandal:

“Insofar as she's a representative [of the College Republicans], maybe it shouldn't be said, but she's made a positive statement in a way. I don't really see anything wrong with it. It's just a personal comment, not representative of any group. Just freedom of speech, you know?”

Pierce made a “positive statement”? Wright doesn't “really see anything wrong with” such violent, hateful rhetoric against the President of the United States? With publicly stating that the only reason to keep our president alive is so he can “go down in history as the WORST president we've EVER had”?

Standing by Pierce's statement was a terrible start to Wright's presidency.

But now Wright has started her own legacy of hateful vitriol.

On Facebook recently, Wright wrote that it was a “messed up world” because she was studying in the library while “the Asian guy next to me is watching America's Next Top Model episodes on his laptop”.

When a commenter asked what being Asian had to with it, Wright responded:

“Because Asians study a lot…If you're offended by my use of a stereotype then gtfo [get the f*** out].”

President Wright's dedication to stereotypes about Asians is reminiscent of the UCLA student who made a video mocking Asians in the library. Stereotypes, whether negative or positive, are all negative because they dehumanize an entire group of human beings.

No one, let alone the president of the College Republicans at one of America's largest and most prestigious universities, is justified in casually spreading this type of racial discrimination.

Yesterday, Wright did much more wrong, tweeting this:

In less than 140 characters, Wright brought shame upon her club, her university, and herself. This may be news to President Wright, but crack cocaine use is not limited to one race. Nor is this the year 1811, when such hate speech might be accepted in American political dialogue.

Clearly, Wright did not learn anything from the scandal that brought down former president Pierce. Disgusting, hateful beliefs have been legitimized in the Republican Party so completely that the next generation of Republican leaders are barely distinguishable from the current crop of hate mongers.

And for those who don't believe such rhetoric finds the ears of people willing to do violence, see this list of all the right wing violence inspired by such hate speech.

Thus far, Wright has not apologized for her tweet, nor have any College Republicans denounced the statement.

This would be the time to call for Wright's resignation if her resignation would make any difference at the College Republicans.

But, clearly, it won't. For now, all we can do is endure and publicly condemn this emblematic parade of hate.

Update 5:26 p.m. Despite widespread calls to do so, former UT College Republicans President Lauren Pierce did not resign from office. On December 1st, the College Republicans held elections and voted current president Cassie Wright into office. Amazingly and disappointingly, Pierce still serves as secretary of the statewide Texas College Republicans.

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Ben Sherman

Ben Sherman has been a BOR staff writer since 2011. A graduate of the University of Texas, Ben has worked on campaigns, in political consulting, and has written for other news outlets like Think Progress. Ben considers campaign finance reform the fundamental challenge of our time because it affects every other issue in American politics. He is currently on leave for the election season.

6 Comments

  1. Texasindependent on

    Not your problem
    This article is the most bias article I have ever read. Yes stereotypes are perhaps unethical or “mean” towards certain groups of people, but as an American with the ability to speak your mind about anyone especially out in the public view, such as a president, IS YOUR RIGHT.

    If Pierce or Wright used their social networks correctly and perhaps more importantly wanted these views to stay privitely help, or how about they went about expressing them MAY BE THE PROBLEM.

    It is not your right to ask for a resignation, when neither caused any harm towards any certain individual.

    Second American- Asians consistantly have higher test scores in high school and better overall GPA's throughout college. There drop out rate is almost non existant compared to other ethnic groups. Also, none the less American-Asians make almost twice as much money as Hispanics and Blacks once out of college.

    These are facts and guess what ASIANS DO STUDY MORE!

    Last about the only bad action Wright has commited is perhaps the inability to control her 'tweets' or her anger. She obviously is not very open minded, does not have a real rational view or ability to constructive debate issues such as the OBAMINATION we are currently in, or the real ability to focus and study for finals when she is more worried about Asians and their 'top model viewership'

    Author please try to be better!

    • freedom of speech
      the frothing idiots always instinctively chirp 'freedom of speech' in response to criticism of any speech – how ironic.

      the same freedom of speech that protects your expression protects the right of another to expose you as a fool.

    • Freedom of lack of understanding
      I love how people run to the freedom of speech card with no regard or understanding of what it really means.

      First off – if you want to take it at the “unalienable rights” part, the freedom of speech is just that – our God given right to speak whatever we want, about whoever we want.  That said – if it is this girl's right to say what she wants about Obama, then it is BOR's right to say what they want in return from her, including her resignation.  It isn't “freedom of speech when you agree with with and not one when you don't”.

      Second – freedom of speech is not freedom of consequences.  Just because you have the right to say anything you want, that doesn't mean you are free from repercussions.  If you make a stupid or hurtful statement, then expect ramifications.  These are at best, stereotypical comments, at worst, very racist statements – and regardless, stupid in all realms.  And she is going to get blasted for making them.

      Finally – when trying to defend someone that makes a stereotypically racist statement, you shouldn't defend them with MORE of the same.  These type of statements are bad and compounding stupid with more stupid doesn't do anything to fix the situation.  There are ways to defend freedom of speech without coming off as dumb.  Your “facts” and “stats” about asians, blacks and hispanics lack any sort of factual basis and their use as talking points come off as very idiotic.

    • Please Refrain from Using Asian Americans as Weapons
      First of all, check your “facts.”  Asian Americans experience college drop-out and withdrawal rates comparable to other minority groups; it's in fact been identified as an urgent issue in the community, closely connected with mental health and other issues.  As a group, Asian Americans did once have a higher median income than others, but a recently released study shows that any such advantage was completed eroded by 2007, and that presently, Asian Americans lag significantly behind whites in income along with Blacks and Latinos.  Moreover, Asian Americans have experienced a virtually identical erosion of net worth as African Americans and Latinos, as all three groups tend to rely far more on income than assets.

      Income statistics for Asian Americans are meaningless anyway unless you disaggregate, given that the label is comprised of over 20 countries of origin or ancestry.  While Indian Americans have the highest median income, poverty levels among Cambodian Americans, Laotian Americans, Hmong Americans, and other groups are among the highest in the country.

      And despite the supposed (and completely distorted) “model minority myth” of academic performance of Asian Americans, they are consistently the most underrepresented group by far among the leadership and executives of corporations, firms, government agencies, etc.

      More importantly, though, people are not tools to be used to scold, shame, or bludgeon other communities.  People live under extraordinarily complex conditions and are subject to incalculable variables and historical and social forces.  Beyond that, each person has individual will.  My community is not to be used as a shield against criticism, nor as a weapon to justify discrimination against others.

  2. This is worse than the assassination comments.
    At least in Pierce's comment the bad part (saying that assassinating Obama could be “tempting”) was a secondary part of the statement and could be at least partially attributed to carelessness and thoughtlessness rather than any actual malicious statement, since the overall point was against assassination.  I honestly thought the reaction was overkill and it was forgivable in my book.

    Wright's comment is not only blatantly racist, but there's no greater message or anything else that would mitigate the offensive and racist aspect of it.  And to say it after the controversy over Pierce's comment?  Inexcusable.  And shockingly stupid.  I'm disappointing in how it represents UT.  

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