Controversy at USC: Speech Cancellation and Security Concerns


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Controversy at USC

The University of Southern California faced a major controversy regarding its valedictorian selection and commencement program.

Speech Cancellation

USC announced that its valedictorian, Asna Tabassum, would not be delivering a commencement address due to objections from campus Jewish organizations.

Security Concerns

The decision to cancel Tabassum’s speech was attributed to security concerns after the university received threats of disruption.

Reactions and Protests

Asna Tabassum expressed shock and disappointment over the decision, while protests erupted on campus calling for her reinstatement as a speaker.

After inquiries by The New York Times, USC eliminated outside speakers and honorees, including director Jon M. Chu and tennis star Billie Jean King.

Outside Speakers Released
Jon M. Chu and Billie Jean King were among the speakers released from attending this year’s commencement ceremony.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California is considering representing Tabassum in a lawsuit against USC, citing the Leonard Law that protects free speech in colleges.

A.C.L.U. lawyer, Mohammad Tajsar, emphasized that USC’s security measures should be able to handle the event and celebrate Tabassum as the valedictorian.

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