Conservative students who tried to start a Young Americans for Freedom chapter at the University of Kentucky were mocked by their superiors. Not to their faces, of course. But the teachers had a good laugh behind their backs. Newly uncovered emails from the Young America's Foundation show university administrators questioning YAF's credentials, laughing about stringing the students along for the better part of a year, and mocking their conservative beliefs.
NEW: Uncovered messages from administrators at the University of Kentucky reveal behind-closed-door efforts to deny the University of Kentucky YAF Chapter official recognition as a student organization.— YAF (@yaf) August 14, 2019
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Caitlyn Walsh, the Assistant Director of Student Organizations in the University of Kentucky’s Office of Student Organizations and Activities, admits in the emails that she's "struggling" with YAF, particularly the Sharon Statement the students would be required to follow. The statement, which was written by a group of young conservatives at the home of William F. Buckley in Sharon, Connecticut in 1960, outlines a series of "timeless" conservative principles.
In one email thread, Walsh quotes the opening line of the document, and her colleague Meghan Jennings responds, “oh jesus tap dancing christ.”
They also joked at how they were gleefully going to deny the students a chapter. As Walsh writes, the YAF activists “are going to be mad they waited forever and i denied them whoops.”
The emails were discovered in public records requests filled by the folks running Young America’s Foundation’s Censorship Exposed project.
Now that the University of Kentucky's administrators' bias has been exposed, let's hope these kids get their rightful chapter.