Therese Purcell: University at Buffalo student ‘hounded’ by mob for inviting Allen West to speak


Therese Purcell, a University at Buffalo student and president of Young Americans for Freedom, said she was ‘chased’ by a crowd shouting ‘no justice, no peace’ after inviting the Republican Lt. Col. black Allen West to talk. on how he overcame racism. The incident happened after a question-and-answer session at an event on Thursday, April 7 titled “America Isn’t Racist – Why American Values ​​Are Exceptional.”

Purcell said protests broke out when the event sold out and an angry mob began chasing her. She told Fox News, “I was really scared for my life ever since they physically assaulted my friend, and like I said, they were screaming, ‘No peace.’ were going to do anything peaceful. They were a very angry mob, and they were making it clear that they were trying to chase me, that they wanted to capture me. So I’m afraid of what would have happened if I didn’t. couldn’t hide from them.


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“It was a really crazy event that we were trying to bring a black voice to campus to talk about these issues of racism and American exceptionalism, and while they were screaming that we were trying to silence the black voices, we were actually trying to bring that conversation to campus,” Purcell added.

“I didn’t think it was going to be so controversial to say on an American campus that American values ​​are a good thing. American values ​​are worth protecting. I don’t think they like Colonel West’s message that he was a victim of racism, but he overcame that, and he decided not to be a victim and America gave him that equal opportunity that a lot of other countries don’t have. these people like to see themselves as victims, and his post fundamentally challenged that,” she explained.

Students inside the building began protesting and shouting, and hundreds more who had gathered outside followed suit. “While they were shouting that we were trying to silence black voices, we were actually trying to bring that conversation to campus. But instead of asking questions, they resorted to violence,” Purcell said.

The threats escalated so quickly that the police had to escort West out of the building. Purcell revealed that she had been dragged into the bathroom by a friend, and they called 911, but the crowd kept shouting that they had to find her. West told Fox News, “I was born 61 years ago in a black-only hospital. And I grew up in the same downtown Atlanta neighborhood that produced Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. My elementary school was right across from Ebenezer Baptist Church.”

“So if you want to talk about race and American exceptionalism, why wouldn’t a black man born 61 years ago in an all-blacks hospital have risen through the ranks to become a lieutenant colonel when his father was corporal in the separate army, became a member of the United States House of Representatives. But these kids want to be victims. They don’t want to hear that. They’re very militant, they’re very radical, and I’m glad we exposed them,” West concluded.

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