Student Activists Fight to Shut Down ROTC Program at NYC College
The City College of New York (CCNY) chapter of the Young Democratic Socialists of America (YDSA) is demanding that the school remove its Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program from campus.
A poster from the organization, posted on Twitter, shows a quote that reads in part, "The absence of ROTC in CUNY prevents the military from taking full advantage of their large, ethnically diverse populations."
The bottom of the poster reads, "THE RICH WILL NEVER DIE FOR YOU. DON'T DIE FOR THE RICH."
— Emma Caterine (@EmmaCaterine) April 20, 2018
New York State Assemblyman and Marine Corps veteran Kieran Lalor said on "Fox & Friends First" Wednesday that the ROTC is too important to remove from campuses.
"The left doesn't like [the ROTC] because the left doesn't like the United States," he said.
The school's YDSA has, in the past, been outspoken about the ROTC. According to Campus Reform, it posted another photo on Twitter in February of an Army recruitment poster with the message, "Let those who wage war, fight war. ROTC off our campus."
Let those who wage war, fight war. ROTC off our campus pic.twitter.com/ugrO2EyJ3T
— City College YDSA (@CityYDSA) February 7, 2018
Lalor said the activist group is letting its hatred for the military "trump" what opportunities are provided by the ROTC.
"They're willing to get rid of that because they don't like the country," he said.
ROTC programs are offered at more than 1,100 colleges and universities across the country, according to the U.S. Army website.