A feud is brewing at the University of Central Florida between conservative students and the newly crowned “Diversity Chair.”
The chairman has taunted and harassed conservative students and posted to Facebook that “Trump supporters are not welcome on our campus.”
Per Town Hall:
The University of Central Florida’s (UCF) student government has recently appointed a new Diversity Chair, and its conservative students are less than thrilled. It’s not that Grayson Lanza is a vocal Democrat, it’s that he has zero tolerance for those with differing opinions.
According to Knight News – an independent, student-run paper – various students have accused Lanza of being hostile towards conservatives and saying that Trump-supporters have no place on UCF’s campus.
One student shares his interaction with Lanza was rather hostile:
Daniel Hanna, a UCF student who voted for the current president, told the paper that he was confronted by Lanza at a pro-Trump rally on the UCF’s “free speech lawn” (that’s a whole other issue we won’t get into) last September.
Hanna was reportedly having a good time with friends when Lanza and other liberal students began harassing them, calling them racist and sexist (among other things) and repeatedly telling them that they’re not welcome.
“When we started debating politics, I eventually said ‘you know the great thing about this country is we can both differ regarding political views but we can openly discuss it,’” Hanna told Knight News. “Then I offered him a handshake.”
Lanza refused the gesture then posted to social media over the exchange:
Unsurprisingly, Lanza didn’t share the same sentiment.
“He said ‘I’m not shaking your hand, I do not tolerate you and you are not welcome here,’” recalled Hanna.
In October, Lanza also reportedly posted the following message to Facebook: “And let today be a lesson to all; Trump supporters are not welcome on our campus.”
Hanna also spoke on the encounter, saying Lanza’s hostility is the opposite of what he would expect of a “diversity chair”:
Hanna believes Lanza’s clear disgust for conservative students should disqualify him as Diversity Chair, noting that diversity of thought is just as important as diversity of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation or whatever else defines students.
“He should not be head of diversity. I do not care if someone equally as liberal as him takes the position, as long as it’s not someone who has been actively aggressive towards people who disagree with him,” Hanna told Knight News. “That is the antithesis of diversity. You can talk about diversity of skin color, religion, and sexuality all you want. But diversity of thought is a real thing too, and if you ’re just disregarding people who disagree with you, and you just want them off campus, what’s the point.”