Published: Mon, September 25, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Protesters shout over Comey's speech at Howard University

Protesters shout over Comey's speech at Howard University

A group of roughly 20 students chanted down Comey throughout his speech, Politico reported.

As Comey took the podium, a group of people rose, singing "We shall not be moved" and chanted statements like "We are here to reclaim this space" and "No justice, no peace".

"I did expect a protest because at Howard you can foster different dialogues and you can have your own ideologies; however, you have to be able to listen to others to see where they are coming from", said Keona Dwynne, a senior biology major. They also chanted, "I love being black/I love the color of my skin/This is the skin that I'm in".

In multiple videos circulating around the internet, Comey found himself being silenced after a number of students in attendance began chanting against him.

James Comey, the Former F.B.I.Director, says "Every story has two sides". They just try to figure out what rebuttal they're going to offer when you're done speaking'.

Standing before a packed auditorium, Comey stood silently for over 15 minutes as the students yelled, "I love bei black" and "Get out James Comey - you're not our homey". A conversation is where you speak and I listen, and then you speak and I listen and we go back and forth and back and forth. The protesters later said they were with the group HU Resist and were protesting "state-sanctioned violence".

Trump's name was not mentioned by any speakers Friday, though the political climate during his administration was a theme in others' remarks. It is a historically black university located in Washington D.C., recognized by the Carnegie Foundation as a research university. "They're just gonna let him know they know their shit".

Recent polling suggests that college students are very comfortable with what is known as the "heckler's veto" or allowing the audience to shout so loudly, the speaker can not get their message out.

The group took aim at an email sent out by the university's president they said makes "several false claims about the character of James Comey". "I am here at Howard to try to get smarter, to try to be useful". In August, Flatiron Books announced it is publishing a book by Comey, in which he will share "his never-before-told experiences from some of the highest-stakes situations of his career in the past two decades of American government", the publisher said.

"I personally respect the right to protest", said Nigel Knights, a senior civil engineering major and executive president of Howard's College of Engineering and Architecture Student Council.

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