Recusing himself would have been the honorable thing to do:
Maya Little and her supporters walked out of the second half of her Honor Court hearing Friday afternoon after Little expressed concern over the fairness of the trial.
The Graduate and Professional Honor Court gathered at 3 p.m. Friday for the second half of the hearing that will decide Little’s fate for painting Silent Sam with red paint and her own blood in April after Thursday's hearing ended with tension. Audience members found pro-Silent Sam material on adjudicator Frank Pray’s social media, and deliberations ensued concerning his ability to be impartial.
Okay, aside from the fact that Pray is an outspoken Silent Sam supporter, he's also the Chairman of UNC's College Republicans. He shouldn't even be on the honor court, and the same goes for political leaders from the left. It may seem like a trivial exercise when compared to the real criminal justice system, but it's far from trivial. Decisions made there will follow students for the rest of their lives, and those adjudicators need to be as objective as is humanly possible. And after Pray brought anti-Muslim extremist David Horowitz to campus a few years ago, his objectivity is literally non-existent:
The UNC College Republicans invited conservative writer David Horowitz to speak at the school on April 13. In his speech, Horowitz said the Muslim Students Association and Students for Justice in Palestine are associated with terrorist organizations, reports the campus newspaper, the Daily Tar Heel.
Horowitz added that SJP and the MSA — along with the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas, Fatah, Iran and Hezbollah — intend to “kill the Jews, to push them into the sea.”
“These accusations are harmful not only to members of these organizations but also to our community as a whole,” student body president Houston Summers wrote in a letter to the editor.
Horowitz’s speech came two months after members of a Muslim family — Deah Barakat, 23, Yusor Abu-Salha, 21, and Razan Abu-Salha, 19 — were killed in Chapel Hill by Craig Hicks, who will face a death penalty trial. The killings caused a strong reaction among Muslim and Arab students nationwide, who saw them as an indication that they may not be safe, even when on or near a campus.
Following Horowitz’s comments, UNC College Republicans’ chairman, Frank Pray, suggested that the school’s MSA and SJP be reformed, according to the Daily Tar Heel. Pray did not respond to The Huffington Post’s request for comment.
Get that last part? Frank Pray not only helped facilitate innuendo about his fellow UNC students, he pushed for the University to crack down on a legitimately-organized student group based solely on that racist and religion-based prejudice.
And UNC is allowing him to sit in judgment of other students? I have no words. None that are safe for prime-time, anyway.