UMass Amherst commencement speaker Colson Whitehead pulls out after campus protest arrests

UMass Amherst commencement speaker Colson Whitehead pulls out after campus protest arrests

UMass Amherst Fallout: Commencement Speaker Withdraws Over Mass Arrests

UMass Amherst Fallout: Commencement Speaker Withdraws Over Mass Arrests

The fallout of mass arrests at the University of Massachusetts Amherst continues after police broke up a pro-Palestinian encampment. Pulitzer-prize winning author Colson Whitehead withdraws as this year’s commencement speaker, citing the arrests of more than 130 people on campus earlier this week.

Posting on social media, the author of titles such as “The Underground Railroad” and “The Nickel Boys,” says he had been looking forward to the event, but believed that calling the cops on peaceful protesters is a shameful act.

Whitehead was slated to speak at the undergraduate commencement ceremony on May 18. His decision came days after police broke up a pro-Palestinian encampment on campus Tuesday night, arresting 132 people in the process, according to the university.

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