Students Protest Limbaugh's Bust in Hall of Famous Missourians

5 years 9 months 1 week ago Thursday, March 08 2012 Mar 8, 2012 Thursday, March 08, 2012 11:17:00 AM CST March 08, 2012 in News
Source: Megan Rice
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JEFFERSON CITY - College students marched to the capitol Thursday morning to state their opinion on why Rush Limbaugh should not be inducted into the Hall of Famous Missourians in the capitol.

Mark Twain, Sacajawea, Laura Ingalls Wilder, and Harry S. Truman are a few members already in the Hall of Famous Missourians. Missouri House Speaker Steven Tilley (R-Perryville) nominated Limbaugh for the honor. But members of a group calling itself "Students for a Better Missouri" said they are "outraged." 

The protesters rushed to the capitol to voice their opinion to Tilley. Many students were holding signs. One of the signs stated "MISOGYNY IS NOT A MISSOURI VALUE". The students said they gathered because they feel Limbaugh is offensive, discriminatory and insulting to the state of Missouri. 

"By inducting him into the Hall of Famous Missourians we are lining his pockets for being discriminatory" said student protester Lindsey Wehking. 

"I am here because I have morals as a human being. I have sisters and a mother. I will not stand for racism and bigotry said student protester," said student John Buthod. 

The student was led by Mizzou student Nicole Silvestri. Silvestri and the group spoke with Tilley and then were introduced on the House Floor. Capitol police barred KOMU 8 News and other media from the meeting with Tilley. Tilley did listen to the protesters' complaint and received their letter, however he made no indication he would revoke his nomination.

"Tilley justified his case by saying there are some men in the Hall of Famous Missourians who did not have the best moral standards. Which is wrong," said Buthod.  

"I completely support these students complaints and I hope they are treated with nothing but respect while they are here" said Rep. Mary Still (D-Columbia). 

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