Editor’s note: We at HUMAN EVENTS are pleased to bring you this week a series of profiles from the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute. These are profiles of influential and prominent conservative women who have made a tremendous impact for the better on this great country.
One of the most frustrating things I continuously witness while working with college campuses is the left’s ongoing attempts to bully and intimidate conservative students into keeping their views quiet or watering them down to be more “politically correct.” The most effective way a conservative activist can fight back against the bully tactics of leftist administrators is to host a conservative speaker and one of the most effective speakers they can host is Star Parker.
Young America’s Foundation first discovered Star after she spoke at Marshall University in 1993. From the first time we at the foundation heard her story, we knew she would be a force to be reckoned with on the campus lecture circuit. She hasn’t let the movement down.
Hypocritical leftist administrators, professors and students completely abandon their “tolerance” and “diversity” mantras when a black woman—who herself used to be on welfare and has had four abortions—comes to campus proclaiming that government entitlements are keeping blacks enslaved to the government and that Planned Parenthood is committing black genocide by targeting lower-class communities for abortions.
This was on full display back in 2008 when St. Thomas Catholic University in Minnesota banned Star from speaking on campus on the grounds that previous conservative speakers on campus were “too inflammatory.” However, they did allow far-left Sen. Al Franken and a trans-gendered activist to speak that same year.
But Star, a true conservative to her core, did not even consider allowing these campus liberals to intimidate her into toning down her message to be less “offensive.” On the contrary, she counted the response as a clear sign that her message was—and still is—effective.
After Star’s public response and pressure from the media, the university caved and allowed her to speak on campus to a packed house, and she even received a standing ovation at the end of her talk. Star pointed out that the controversy turned out to be a blessing in disguise because it attracted a massive audience, many of whom were students probably hearing conservative ideas for the first time. And they didn’t hear a watered-down, politically correct version of conservatism, either. They got to hear from a woman who is not ashamed to condemn and expose the harmful, dangerous policies of leftist big-government programs and stand up for the rights of the unborn.
Star’s unapologetic approach to conservative activism is something we need more of on our college campuses. Students on more than 100 college campuses across America have had the privilege of being exposed to her fearless defense of freedom and she is most deserving of the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute’s honor as one of the top 10 most influential conservative women in America.