Droves of incoming medical students for the University of Michigan walked out on pro-life speaker Dr. Kristin Collier’s keynote address on Sunday, despite the speech having essentially nothing to do with the issue of abortion currently being debated in the United States.
The walkout began shortly before Collier took the podium and continued well into the beginning of her speech, which briefly discussed the “deep wounds” America has suffered in recent weeks. Presumably a reference to the division that followed the recent Dobbs decision by the Supreme Court, Fox News reported.
The video shows a multitude of students expressing their disdain over the address, as many of these same students had called for the University to choose a different speaker for their White Coat ceremony, according to College Fix.
Dean Marschall Runge replied with a resounding no to these incessant calls for a change.
“We have received both positive and negative feedback on the choice of our keynote speaker. The White Coat Ceremony is not a platform for discussion of controversial issues, and Dr. Collier never planned to address a divisive topic as part of her remarks.” Runge said in a statement.
“Our values speak about honoring the critical importance of diversity of personal thought and ideas, which is foundational to academic freedom and excellence,” the statement continued. “We would not revoke a speaker because they have different personal ideas than others.”
Dr. Collier is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University and just prior to the event on Sunday, addressed the controversy and thanked her many supporters on social media.
“[T]ruly grateful for the support, emails, texts, prayers and letters I’ve received from all over the world regarding the event that will happen today.” she wrote on Twitter. “[I] feel so bolstered by it. and for my team that have carried me daily thru this —I love you”
truly grateful for the support, emails, texts, prayers and letters I’ve received from all over the world regarding the event that will happen today. i feel so bolstered by it. and for my team that have carried me daily thru this —I love you
— Kristin Collier (@KristinCollie20) July 24, 2022
Collier should be commended for courageously standing her ground and giving her address, while also appreciating the steadfast support of her dean and faculty.
She, nor the school, surrendered to cancel culture. In a sane world, that would be the bare minimum. In 2022, however, with the threats and warnings that come from hitting back against the status quo — the University of Michigan did something extraordinary and revolutionary. They held fast to the fundamental principles of this nation’s founding.
Something seldom seen, but greatly needed, in the United States today.