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California college has only one pro-Palestinian protester because city is blue-collar and conservative, political science prof says

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California college has only one pro-Palestinian protester because city is blue-collar and conservative, political science prof says



While pro-Palestinian protesters disrupted colleges across the country, one institution of higher learning in California could only muster one single protester for the cause.

That’s because Cal-State University at Bakersfield is too blue-collar and conservative, says one political science professor.

“This is largely a blue collar school where students are more concerned with getting their degrees and getting on with their lives than anything else,” said CSUB professor Mark Martinez to KGET-TV.

The Cal-State system was specifically designed to serve students who live in California and can attend classes while still living at home.

“It’s primarily a commuter school, too, and that has an effect on campus culture and therefore the tendency toward activism,” he explained.

“Bakersfield is a conservative city, and that plays a role,” Martinez added.

KGET spoke to the single, solitary protester who held up a poster with the Palestinian flag on campus.

“My daughter is at UCLA protesting and I thought — I don’t know if Bakersfield was going to join in, but I thought I would just do something,” said part-time lecturer Carolyn Lane, “instead of feeling helpless and hopeless, join in.”

She said her 10-year-old daughter painted her Palestinian poster for the protest.

“I figured a protest of one…



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