Officials out of San Francisco State University issued a response to an on-campus protest — during which a number of trans activists attacked former NCAA swimmer Riley Gaines while holding her hostage — by giving the attackers praise and offering up free counseling to them as a reward.
David Llamas, the Bay Area college field representative for Turning Point USA, offered up a copy of the email sent out to students, which came directly from Jamillah Moore, Ed.D. (Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management), late Saturday evening.
“Dear SF State community,
Today, San Francisco State finds itself again at the center of a national discussion regarding freedom of speech and expression. Let me begin by saying clearly: the trans… pic.twitter.com/L6Q9OZkVvU
— David Llamas (@davidllamas_) April 8, 2023
“Today, San Francisco State finds itself again at the center of a national discussion regarding freedom of speech and expression,” started the letter from Moore. “Let me begin by saying clearly: the trans community is welcome and belongs at San Francisco State University. Further, our community fiercely believes in unity, connection, care and compassion, and we value different ideas, even when they are not our own.”
Moore went on to brag about the overall value of diversity and stated that, due to the fact that SFSU was a highly diverse campus, students were more likely to end up being exposed to different points of view and new ideas.
While making note of TPUSA — the group responsible for hosting the event — or of Gaines by name, it was made quite clear by Moore that she stood in agreement with all of the protesters: “We may also find ourselves exposed to divergent views and even views we find personally abhorrent.”
“These encounters have sometimes led to discord, anger, confrontation and fear. We must meet this moment and unite with a shared value of learning,” Moore went on, lauding the “tremendous bravery” of the people that had stepped up to voice their opposition while not making any mention of the students who broke the law by not at all being peaceful in their attempts to protest.
“Thank you to our students who participated peacefully in Thursday evening’s event. It took tremendous bravery to stand in a challenging space. I am proud of the moments where we listened and asked insightful questions. I am also proud of the moments when our students demonstrated the value of free speech and the right to protest peacefully. These issues do not go away, and these values are very much at our core,” she stated.
Moore finished off the large email by call on those that thought they were struggling to “reflect, process, and begin to heal” to reach out and get help that will be made available via campus resources — which included: Equity and Community Inclusion; Counseling and Psychological Services; Dean of Students Office.
Gaines, on her end, shared a video of the event, which ended with her locked and barricaded inside of a room for her own safety. A number of others reported that protesters had demanded money in exchange for not hurting her as she left the building.
The prisoners are running the asylum at SFSU…I was ambushed and physically hit twice by a man. This is proof that women need sex-protected spaces.
Still only further assures me I'm doing something right. When they want you silent, speak louder. ????️ pic.twitter.com/uJW3x9RERf
— Riley Gaines (@Riley_Gaines_) April 7, 2023