SLU Alters Plans for Anti-Police “Occupy” Monument After Fierce Backlash

In October far left #OccupySLU protesters marched to Saint Louis University campus during their Ferguson October weekend rallies.
They never left.

The squatters set up a tent city on the Catholic campus in St. Louis City.
And they camped out for several days.

One violent #OccupySLU campus protester admitted to being a felon and rapped about raping and whipping white girls with his manparts.


“Locked in jail I can’t win in this bitch.
So when I get out I’m gonna f*ck me a white b*tch.
Slap her and whip her and choke her with my d*ck”

(Warning on violence and language)

The demonstration did not go over too well with the St. Louis University community and with the parents.
slu tent city
The protesters finally left campus in October after squatting on campus for several days.

Earlier this month SLU President Fred Pestello commissioned an artist to start work on a commemorative sculpture intended to capture the “spirit and importance” of the “Occupy SLU” demonstrations conducted for a week this fall.

The College Fix reported:

Faced with extreme criticism and backlash from alumni and others, Saint Louis University’s President Fred Pestello has apparently altered plans for a commissioned statue meant to honor an “Occupy SLU” sit-in protest that occurred on campus last October, now saying the monument will honor the school’s Jesuit values.

For six days last October, protestors refused to leave the urban campus. Living in tents in the quad and flying an upside-down American flag, the anti-police demonstrators had decried alleged racism in law enforcement and accused officers of brutality and indiscriminately killing black people.

To convince the protestors to leave, Pestello had agreed to all 13 of their demands, including a “mutually agreed upon commissioned artwork.” In a January update on that agreement, he noted administrators had commissioned two renowned African-American artists to fulfill that agreement by creating a sculpture that honored the sit-in.

But news of the artwork, considered by many to be honoring what they saw as an anti-police demonstration, sparked outrage among some alumni, who have threatened to pull funding.

The backlash apparently has weighed heavily on President Pestello, who more recently disputed the description of the monument as honoring an “anti-police” protest, despite the fact that the university’s own memo on the subject declares the monument aims to “captures the spirit and importance of the demonstration and encampment at Saint Louis University on October 13-18, 2014.”

In a university-wide email sent out last week under the subject line “Clarification of Artwork,” Pestello wrote the monument will not “be anti-police or would honor the Ferguson protesters,” and made no mention of the “Occupy” sit-in held on campus.

Yet in an email with The College Fix last month, Pestello implied the monument was to honor the sit-in.

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