Commentary: UTC’s ill-advised choice in public speaker

Dinesh D’Souza answers a question during the Q&A section of his speaking engagement at the Fine Arts center on UTC’s campus on October 9, 2017 (Photo by Troy Stolt)

By Eric Wise, Assistant News Editor —

Conservative political commentator, writer and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza appeared at UTC on Oct. 9 as part of the 2017 Burkett Miller Distinguished Lecture Series.

D’Souza is best-known for his movies “2016: Obama’s America” and “Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party.” His movies have a heavy conservative bias, and he is frequently outspoken about his conservative views on Twitter. Following the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando on June 12, 2016 he tweeted about blaming the victims just a day after the terror attack:

Most recently, D’Souza called Ariana Grande out in a tweet. After the Las Vegas terror attack that occurred on Oct. 2, Grande said that the US needs gun control. D’Souza then replied with a tweet about “bomb control,” where he referenced the terrorist bombing where 22 people died at one of Ariana Grande’s concerts in Manchester, England on May 22.

D’Souza is not the type of person who should be included in the Burkett Miller Distinguished Lecture Series because he not only is willing to blame victims in the wake of terror attacks, but also use the terror attacks as a way to pander to his fan base. He is not someone that the university or the Chancellor should openly invite and support to come speak publicly at our university.

As long as I have been a student here, the university has emphasized inclusiveness. This speaker, being invited and supported by the university, is not inclusive. It’s too late for the university to do anything about it now, but hopefully they will not make this same mistake with someone else in the future.

D’Souza presented “The Moral Case for Capitalism” in the Roland Hayes Auditorium in the Fine Arts Center on Monday at 12 p.m.

Eric Wise

Eric Wise

Assistant News Editor

Eric Wise is the assistant news editor for the Echo. He is a junior studying communications and minoring in business. Eric likes to go for a long drive with no real destination while listening to his favorite podcasts.

  1. Geez, you really proved the point of his speech by writing this article. Instead of discussing anything he talked about his presentation, you choose two Tweets out of literally thousands in order to paint a narrative to fits your own political views. By the way, not one statement in “Obama’s America”, “Hillary’s America”, or “The Big Lie”has been proven untrue. Just because he talks about corruption in the Democratic party doesn’t mean it’s biased – it is fact, and I would challenge you to dispute a single fact in any one of those publications. This kind of misleading, biased culture in “news” is precisely what Dinesh discussed, if you even listened to his speech. What does “This speaker, being invited and supported by the university, is not inclusive” even mean? Dinesh D’Souza is an Indian American immigrant that grew up in true poverty, worked to become a world class economist, and has spent the last twenty years unmasking political corruption in America. This article is the essence of “The Big Lie” and the “fake news”. Absolute trash.

  2. You just proved his point. Lets exclude speakers such as he to assure we are inclusive. Its laughable but also sad

  3. You want to silence the first amendment right of an Indian-American immigrant? Sounds pretty racist to me.

  4. Let me sum up his article- We should not let him speak because he tells the truth and hurts my feelings.

  5. The student who wrote this is focused on making things excursive and keeping out people who don’t think exactly like the writer

  6. Let me sum up his article- We should not let him speak because he tells the truth and hurts my feelings.

  7. Hey idiot! You just proved the point of his book “The Big Lie”. Is there a safe space at UTC? Suggest you go there and color in your coloring book. In the real world, there is something called the 1st Amendment and the Constitution. Did you skip that class?

  8. You are at a University and should welcome al points of view. I would advise the University it is ill advised allowing you to continue o the paper with your closed mind.

  9. To the editor: You may want to revisit your favorite dictionary in order to help you fully understand the meaning of “inclusive.” Excluding Mr. D’Souza because of his views and the manner in which he expresses them would be fundamentally wrong and would, in fact, do harm to the reputation of the University, as your article has.

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