A lecture at Webster University in Missouri was cancelled due to death threats against BLM co-founder Alicia Garza and other activists, says the New Webster Journal News. This harassment were also made against Opal Tometi and Patrisse Cullors and international movement ambassador Janaya Khan.
While officials from the event sponsored by the Multicultural and International Student Association (MCISA) have yet to say much about the cancellation, Garza wrote in an email that she is “disappointed” that this event was rescinded due to “bullies.”
“Opal and I are committed to disagreeing with dignity, and won’t resort to online or offline harassing or shaming behavior. We know you understand.
We also know that many of you have spent time and energy designing and promoting these events for students on your campuses, and we appreciate and honor your commitment.
Ultimately, the result of these threats and online attacks is that students who are hungry to learn about Black Lives Matter and how to engage meaningfully in the movement are denied the opportunity to do so. This, we also take seriously, and we are working with your campus to reschedule these events before the end of the school year.”
The lecture was scheduled for Black History Month, meanwhile, Corey Hawkins from the MCISA said they are “working to reschedule the event and would still like to bring the activists to campus,” the Journal noted.
Given the death of Mike Brown in Ferguson, MO, this type of speech would be greatly needed for the community.
This isn’t the first threat for those who stand with this movement. Hello Beautiful recently reported that a Houston man sent death threats to a New Jersey BLM supporter, threatening to “burn her asshole shut.”