This is a tale of two students of higher education in California. Matthew Vitale and Edith Macias both attend UC – Riverside. They were headed into a conference. Matthew was wearing his “Make America Great Again” hat and Edith took it upon herself to take the hat off of his head and not give it back.
During the exchange, Matthew videoed with his cell phone and caught quite an interesting exchange. The video went viral on Facebook and you might recall having seen it. As they walked into what appears to be a Student Center office, the words were flying. Warning! Harsh language is used.
Partial transcript of what Edith said on September 27, 2017:
“So this guy thought it would be a good idea to go into a conference wearing this f***ing hat. Look at the kind of sh*t he’s wearing, You know what this represents? This represents genocide—genocide of a bunch of people.”
“UCR is letting people wear this shit on campus? Make American Great Again, really? There were lynchings and genocide and mass deportations. I f***ing hate this country… and I am not leaving. We need to get rid of all ya’ll.”
“F*** your freedom of speech boy, your freedom of speech is literally killing a lot of people out there, your hats like these that promote laws and legislation that literally kill and murder people of color”
WATCH the video in full below:
Matthew Vitale is pressing charges and Edith could get up to one year in prison if convicted for grabbing the hat off his head and allegedly stealing the hat per the Daily Wire.
Vitale’s Response as reported by Breitbart:
“I do want to send a message,” Vitale explained. “I am not vindictive, I am not vengeful, but people especially in my generation need to realize you can’t do things like this because you don’t like what someone is saying or wearing.”
Vitale, who stated in the video he is half-Nicaraguan, rejects Macias’ claims that wearing the hat amounts to a form of hate speech.
“Free speech is under attack on campus,” Vitale argued. “As cliche as it sounds, the facts of our laws and our Constitution … don’t care about what you feel. For millennials everywhere who believe their feelings give them the right to step on the rights of others — you are sadly misguided. That is not the real world.”
Below is a video on this tale between two students from the Tucker Carlson Tonight show: WATCH the video below.
To read more on Anti-Fa across the Nation’s higher ed schools click here. Do you think one year in prison is too long for what Edith allegedly did to Matthew? Or do you think it sends a strong message to anyone who attacks someone over a hat? Drop a comment below and let us know what you’re thinking.
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