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Taylor Reveley III, the president of the College of William & Mary in Virginia, had no use for political correctness or mealy-mouthed words when a group of Black Lives Matter students issued demands to him, telling them, “I don’t deal in demands.”

The confrontation started when the students brought their demand to a livestreamed meeting. Reveley minced no words:

I don’t deal in demands. I don’t make demands of other people. I don’t expect to receive demands from people. I love to get suggestions, recommendations, strong arguments. … When you approach other people with a demand, instead of their ears opening and their spirit being unusually receptive,  you get defensive walls erected. So I think you all need to think about it.

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One female student patronized, “The suggestion thing. Interesting point. But I’m going to disagree.”

Reveley countered, “That is the beauty of the First Amendment.”

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