Trump Announces Rally at UIC Next Week, Thousands RSVP to Protest - University Village - DNAinfo.com Chicago
As many of you know, I have taught political science at UIC since 1994. This event is creating quite a stir around campus. There is a protest being organized on Facebook and other social media. There was also a movement to cancel the event that was immediately rejected by the Chancellor, and I agree with him. Let Trump speak at UIC, and let the protesters have their say as well.
And let me say this--when he shows up at UIC on Friday, his followers may be in for a big surprise. I wonder how much Trump's organizers knew about UIC and the surrounding area when they chose this site. UIC is in the heart of Chicago, near Greektown, Little Italy, the Latino neighborhood called Pilsen, and the African-American west side and south side. It is the most diverse university in the most diverse general area that you can imagine. UIC has over 29,000 students. As the University reported in September, 2015, "UIC’s well-known diversity continues, with a racial and ethnic makeup of its student body that is 37.7 percent white, 18.4 percent Asian, 20.8 percent Hispanic/Latino and 7.9 percent African-American. Undergraduate enrollment is 33.7 percent white, 28.2 percent Hispanic/Latino, 22.2 percent Asian, and 8.1 percent African-American." It will be interesting to see what the ratio is of protesters to supporters.