Although they are supposed to be getting an education, there are times when college students’ actions are just plain foolish. This article from today’s NY Times reports that the NYU College Republicans sparked a protest yesterday. The group announced it was holding campus game for its members, “Catch the Illegal Immigrant.” The idea was the group of young Republicans were to search the campus for the person wearing a button that says “illegal immigrant,” and receive a small prize.
Although few of the College Republicans showed up for the game, hundreds of people did stop by to protest the game and its sponsors. The College Republicans said their aim was not to offend, but rather to draw awareness to the issues.
On that point, the College Republicans were successful. We are now all aware of at least one issue: that these students have mistaken a trivial stunt for “debate.”