It is an achievement to get the vice president of one of the most influential administrations in U.S. history to speak at your college commencement.
But at one private Milwaukee college, it took whining by a mere 270 students and alumni to get an Aug. 29 appearance by Vice President Mike Pence canceled, the Chicago Tribune reports.
The college’s reason for deciding to go with the flow of cancel culture? “Escalating events in Kenosha,” the nearby Wisconsin city where police shot and paralyzed a black criminal and two more people were shot to death in subsequent looting and vandalism.
Wisconsin Lutheran College said Thursday that “after further review with careful consideration of the escalating events in Kenosha,” it decided to not have Pence deliver the planned outdoor speech. The vice president will be replaced by the Rev. Mark Jeske, of St. Marcus Lutheran Church.
Kenosha police shot Blake seven times in the back on Aug 23, minutes after responding to a domestic incident. Blake survived but is paralyzed from the waist down, and the shooting sparked several nights of media-fueled protests and violence. On Aug. 25, authorities allege, a 17-year-old from nearby Antioch, Illinois, shot and killed two protesters and wounded a third.
The private college has about 1,200 students and is about 40 miles from Kenosha. Some 270 students and alumni signed an open letter posted online objecting to the visit, which had been publicized prior to the violence in Kenosha.