On Wednesday, July 6th, Purdue University summoned Joshua Nash to meet with the Director of Student Assistance in regards to a “comment on Facebook.” Nash believes this meeting is due to a post where he said that “Black Lives Matter is trash because they do not really care about black lives. They simply care about making money and disrupting events for dead people.”
Nash is a biology major — who is gay and refers to himself as a “dangerous faggot” in his Twitter bio, a reference to conservative commentator Milo Yiannopoulos — and claims he has never faced disciplinary action with his school before.
“Attempting to silence students with subjective controversial opinions is completely and utterly absurd, and a direct attack on free speech,” Nash told me in an interview. He also says he found the disruption of a gay pride event in Toronto disrespectful to those who lost their lives in Orlando.
In addition to the reaction from Purdue, Nash found himself the target of multiple online threats from fellow students, some of whom he says called him a “dirt racist conservative scumbbag [sic],” and promised “if i ever see u on campus i am going to cut u till i see blood.” Nash reported these comments to Facebook, the university administration, and filed a police report.