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Mitt Romney At Stanford University: Classmates Recall Republican Candidate In College | Vice

11/03/2012 01:24 pm 13:24:24

One Friday in the spring of 1966, Mitt Romney, then a freshman at Stanford University, skipped the discussion section of his Western Civilization survey class. A sit-in against the Vietnam War was underway inside President Wallace Sterling's office. Outside, Mitt Romney protested against the protestors. Romney's anti-anti-war camp was a clean-cut crew dressed in khakis, button-ups, and blazers. They held signs that read "oppose anarchy" and "support President Sterling." In the evening, after Romney had left, his compatriots showed their true colors. Here’s how one of the anti-war protestors—the ones being protested by Romney and co.— remembers it:

When we were bedding down for the night in the President's office, the counter-demonstrators behaved less politely than they did in the daytime. Knowing full well that there were a good number of blacks and other minorities inside, they swarmed around pretending to be drunk and kept singing the civil rights anthem "We Shall Overcome" with obscene lyrics. Instead of the words "We shall overcome," they sang, "We shall come all over." Later on we heard the clippity-clop of a horse on the stone pavement of the Quad, and looked out to see a frat boy riding a horse, as if to declare that the Ku Klux Klan would rise again.

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