The Knights for Socialism are hosting an event deemed "Leftist Fight Club: The Rumble at Lake Claire" Sunday on UCF's main campus. UCF officials have been mum on the planned event.
By Jacob Engels
A progressive group at the University of Central Florida called "Knights for Socialism" is encouraging students to attend a self-defense training class that will teach attendees how to "defend themselves" against physical violence from people who they identify as Neo-Nazis or members of the Alt-Right.
The University of Central Florida is the second largest school in the nation and known for providing one of the best educations of any public university in the Southeast.
A screenshot of the event can be seen below.
Organizers explicitly deny access to anyone who identifies as a Republican from the event. Excluding Republican students from attending the event demonizes the Republican Party as a whole, as the vast majority of each political party do not actively engage in violence on a frequent basis.
"This event is open to everyone and anyone, EXCEPT REPUBLICANS."
By doing so, Knights for Socialism significantly harms their effort to teach self-defense tactics to students, by demonstrating that the training has room only for people of a certain political mindset.
The use of the term BASH THE FASH gives the impression that the club could potentially approve of causing a confrontation with other students whom the group identifies as "Facist, Alt-Right, or Nazi" based on the Knights for Socialism understanding of a persons own political stances. Such incidents have occured during the week of President Trump's swearing in and since he has officially become President.
UCF College Republicans Chairwoman Karis Lockhart was saddened to hear of the event and spoke about the University of Central Florida's ongoing commitment to inclusiveness.
"As Republicans we are firm believers in self-defense. However, encouraging violence between other students with whom you disagree with politically is downright shameful."
Lockhart also questioned whether or not the group had obtained proper approval from the school to hold the event, citing an important SAFE form that club leadership is required to fill out and gain approval. Our efforts to reach UCF's College Democrats organization and other progressive campus groups were unsuccessful.
Orange County Republican State Committeeman Paul Paulson, who is running to become Florida's Commissioner of Agriculture was shocked and saddened to hear about the group's plans.
"Encouraging young minds to become violent instead of debating the issues peacefully is completely unacceptable. The University of Central Florida should revoke the charter of any student group that is training students to be aggressively and physically violent towards others."
The event was created on January 30th. Knights for Socialism has been an active group on campus during the election and recently supported a measure that would make the University of Central Florida a "Sanctuary Campus".
"Leftist Fight Club" is set to be held just days after violent progressive rioters set fires to the Berkeley College campus in California during a planned speech by Gay Conservative journalist Milo Yiannopoulos.
Several people hoping to attend the speech were viciously beaten by rioters after the school cancelled the event. Commercial grade fireworks and Molotov cocktails were hurled at police officers.
President Donald J. Trump addressed the event in on Twitter by suggesting that publicly funded schools that allow violence to stop free speech could lost federal funding.
Former law enforcement officer and Central Florida based private investigator James Copenhaver added by saying the following.
"If the University of Central Florida is aware of this and condoning this, all federal funding should be suspended. Not only is it a safety issue for students and faculty... it presents a substantial risk to UCF Police who will have to intervene if this group directly or indirectly causes violence to occur."
When we get a response from UCF officials, we will update the article to reflect that contribution.
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