Ivanka Trump Isn't Happy After Getting 'Cancelled'

Lawrence Kim
June 6, 2020

As tensions continue to grow between the Trump administration and protestors fighting against police brutality amid the George Floyd tragedy, Wichita State University and WSU Tech made the decision to cancel Ivanka Trump's commencement speech at the school's virtual graduation this weekend - and the first daughter is blaming "cancel culture" as a result.

It circulated on social media and garnered 488 signatures from faculty, students and alumni before the speech was canceled, The Wichita Eagle reported.

The announcement that the president's daughter would speak drew immediate criticism, led by Jennifer Ray, associate professor of photo media at Wichita State, who sent a letter asking school administrators to cancel the speech. "To our students of color, and to me, inviting Ivanka Trump to speak right now sends the message that WSU Tech does not take diversity seriously".

"Our nation's campuses should be bastions of free speech. Cancel culture and viewpoint discrimination are antithetical to academia", she said.

"The WSU Tech commencement plans have been refocused more centrally on students - student voices in particular", they said.

WSU Tech President Sheree Utash says the invitation to Trump was extended in February and "Mrs. Trump offered to record a congratulatory message to graduates to be played during our event".

"I respect and understand the sharply divided reaction to today's announcement".

'We owe it to our students to stand up for the right thing when and where we can, ' Ray wrote. "Additionally, it is a great honor to announce that Ms. Trump will join us virtually as our special guest and commencement speaker for this special celebration".

Earlier this week, WSU Tech President Dr. Sheree Utash revealed Ivanka was being removed from the program, and cited "social justice issues" as the reasoning.

Utash has served closely with Ivanka on the American Workforce Policy Adivsory Board.

Ivanka was dropped by the university after student protests online over President Trump's response to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last week.

The public is invited to the virtual graduation on the schools Facebook page or on their website.

She was scheduled to address the class of 2020 at WSU Tech in Wichita, Kansas, via livestream Saturday after visiting its campus in October.

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