March 9, 2018
A University of Texas at Austin student group that advocates armed revolution to overthrow “the capitalist state” vandalized a fountain on campus for International Women’s Day.
“The blood of women & all survivors flow from the fountains of UT,” the Revolutionary Student Front (RSF) tweeted Thursday. “On International Working Women’s Day, we must stress the necessity of organizing women for revolutionary violence against the capitalist institutions that uphold the patriarchy & protect abusers like Richard Morrisett.”
Morissette is a tenured professor at UT Austin who pled guilty to strangingling his girlfriend in 2016, but a university spokesman told My Statesman that an internal review “found no relation between how the professor acted in this situation and how he acted on campus, and as a result he was allowed to continue his teaching and lab activities.”
“This is the blood of survivors that UT ignores,” the Revolutionary Student Front (RSF) wrote in large, red letters on Littlefield Fountain, a World War I memorial.
On its Facebook page, which has amassed more than 4,700 likes, the RSF further explains its vandalism, accusing UT President Greg Fenves of “endangering and perpetuating violence against women and all survivors of patriarchy abuse, assault, and harassment,” and claiming that he uses a “significant amount of pig presence and other security measures to keep him safe from students who want to be safe on their campus and force out abusers.”
The group also accuses the administration of not allocating sufficient resources to “combating the epidemic of sexual assault and patriarchal rape culture that affects women and others on a daily basis,” arguing that the programs and educational initiatives that UT provides are “hollow” and claiming that “15% of undergraduate women at [sic] are raped in their time at UT…