90 Miles From Tyranny : Coffee shop bullied off campus over owner’s support for police

Friday, November 6, 2020

Coffee shop bullied off campus over owner’s support for police




















  • A small business made the decision to leave campus after backlash from students over a "Thin Blue Line" flag.
  • The university agreed to prematurely allow the business to exit its contract due to the extenuating circumstances.
A small coffee shop at Boise State University in Idaho has closed, just months after opening, in response to student complaints about the owner's pro-police views.

After backlash from the student government and calls for the university to cancel the restaurant’s contract, the owner closed the shop voluntarily, leaving several students unemployed. Earlier in 2020, BSU began looking for a coffee vendor to replace a Starbucks at the school’s library, choosing a small coffee shop named Big City Coffee and Café

During a meeting on Sept. 7, the Inclusive Excellence Student Council (IESC) condemned the decision to bring the restaurant to campus, only several days after Big City Coffee had its soft opening. Members of the IESC expressed concerns over the shop owner Sarah Fendley’s pro-police beliefs and the display of the Thin Blue Line flag at the coffee shop.

“We are supporting an organization that blatantly supports the Thin Blue Line and every Black person I know has stories of being treated unfairly at this place," member Alyssa Wainaina said. "I believe that they should have never been brought to campus and if it can be reversed it should be. Not reversing it sends a statement across the campus.”

“There should be more marginalized student voices on this. You need to find a way to cancel this contract because every marginalized student knows about this affiliation and that it is a dangerous place,” Wainaina added.

Fendley defended her pro-police beliefs, stating that she is engaged to a police officer who was previously injured in the line of duty, according to KTVB 7. Fendley’s fiancé, Kevin Holtry, lost his leg after suffering multiple gunshot wounds in a crossfire with a felon in 2017.

In a September meeting, student government Vice President of Inclusive Excellence Ryann Banks stated, “This company is going to encourage this type of behavior on campus and attract those types of people to our campus. It should not be up to marginalized students to fix this. It is up to the administrators to fix this and allow for students to have a voice. We have known for half a decade that they support Thin Blue Line and this is unacceptable and should have never happened.

On Oct. 22, Fendley closed the campus location leaving more than 20 students unemployed, and stuck with tens of thousands of dollars worth of investment in equipment for the campus location.

BSU posted a statement on social media stating that the University couldn’t violate the free speech rights of anybody and agreed to release Big City Coffee out of their contract with...



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3 comments:

43GPW said...

Well, when you folks need a police officer, do NOT call 911. You should be blocked from tax payer funded response. To hell with you and your little snow flakes. Enjoy your communism, and the re-education camps you will soon reside in. We tried to warn you, but NOOOOOOO, you knew better. Ignore history. You morons deserve what you get....

Erik said...

BSU just hired a new president last year from UC Santa Cruz if that gives you a hint the direction the university will be heading.

Feraldog said...

""every Black person I know has stories of being treated unfairly at this place," member Alyssa Wainaina said"

"On Oct. 22, Fendley closed the campus location leaving more than 20 students unemployed".

Maybe Ms.Wainaina should look a bit closer at her peers for all of her alleged racism claims.