The move clearly angered Ivanka Trump, who is one of the best advisers in the White House and whose husband, Jared Kushner, is one of the most influential figures in the Trump administration.
She replied in a tweet, saying, “Our country’s campuses should be bastions of free speech. Canceling discrimination based on culture and points of view is contrary to the academic world. Listening is more important than ever! ”
She also published the video of the speech, in which she did not mention the Floyd protests, but acknowledged the challenges of graduation amid the coronavirus pandemic, which has crippled the US economy.
Seeking to reassure students facing mass unemployment triggered by widespread closures to fight the virus, the daughter of a New York real estate billionaire said, “In my own life, I have found that my greatest personal growth came from periods of discomfort and uncertainty. . ”
The announcement of his speech drew immediate criticism, led by Jennifer Ray, an associate professor of photographic media in Wichita State, who sent a letter asking the school administrators to cancel it. He circulated on social media and collected 488 signatures from teachers, students and alumni before the speech was canceled, the Wichita Eagle reported.
But others said the event should not have been canceled. Republican MP Ron Estes said in a statement that he was “disappointed” and added: “As Kansas faces many challenges in recovering from the Covid-19 pandemic to return to our booming economy , now is the time for us to work together. ”
Protests have broken out around the world since Floyd, who was black, died in Minneapolis after a white policeman squeezed his knee around his neck for several minutes, even after he stopped moving and asked for air . Much of the response to American police protests has been brutal and acts of violence against protesters and the media are rampant.
Trump remodeled his election campaign as president of law and order, but came for widespread condemnation after police attacked peaceful protest in Washington to clear path for photo opportunity in church , where he was holding up a Bible.
Ivanka Trump was part of the procession that went to the church and reportedly carried the Bible that her father used in her purse.