College campuses have made history recently for shutting down many events with speakers with conservative viewpoints. Liberal academia has brainwashed college students into believing that different speech is hate speech and should be banned from college campuses.
Well, the trend continues.
At Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, CA, a group of angry protestors violently disrupted an event meant to honor policemen and first responders. The rioting got so intense that the speaker was forced to deliver the speech via a live-stream. The protestors yelled “F*ck the police!” and “Black Lives Matter” as they attempted to storm the building the event was held in.
The mob of nearly 250 was protesting against conservative author Heather MacDonald — a Manhattan Institute scholar and author of the 2016 book “The War on Cops“. MacDonald was even forced to give the talk much earlier than planned due to the angry mob outside. After only thirty minutes into the presentation, MacDonald was told by police to stop early.
MacDonald told The College Fix:
“The protesters surrounded all the doors to the Atheneum where I was supposed to speak, so none of the students who had signed up to attend my lecture could get in. I was hustled from my guest suite by several police officers from Claremont PD into the lecture hall. It was decided that I would give the speech for live streaming to a largely empty hall. The organizers moved the podium so that it would not be visible through the windows to the students surrounding the building once night fell. We jumpstarted the timing of my talk as the crowd seemed to be getting more unruly.”
MacDonald argues in her book and speech that the institution of police is the agency most dedicated to the notion the ‘Black Lives Matter’.
“Several protesters were middle-aged, and some were students at other colleges. The protesters chanted things like, ‘From Oakland to Greece, f*** the police’ and ‘From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free.’ I tried to talk to dozens of protesters about why they objected to Heather Mac Donald, but not a single one could point to an issue they had with her work,” Steven Glick, a student the nearby Pomona College, said.
MacDonald was eventually escorted by police from the event.
“During my speech, the protesters banged on the glass windows and shouted. It was extremely noisy inside the hall. I took two questions from students who were watching on livestream, but then the cops decided that things were getting too chaotic and I should stop speaking,” Mac Donald said. “An escape plan through the kitchen into an unmarked police van was devised; I was surrounded by about four cops. Protesters were sitting on the stoop outside the door through which I exited, but we had taken them by surprise and we got through them.”
This isn’t unlike when rioters shut down Milo Yiannopoulos’ event at UC Berkley — and proceeded to nearly burn down the school.
The university sent out a weak email in response to the event:
“What we face here is not an attempt to demonstrate, or to ask tough questions of our speaker, all of which are both protected and cherished on this campus, but rather to make it impossible for her to speak, for you to listen, and for all of us to debate. This we could not accept. I fully understand that people have strong opinions and different—often painful—experiences with the issues Heather MacDonald discusses. I also understand that words can hurt.
And in a world of unequal power, it is more often than not those who have a history of exclusion who are being hurt by words. I support everyone’s right to make this world a better one. Questions about policing, police brutality, crime, and race matter a lot to our society. Yet precisely because these issues are so important, we must be able to debate them, to acknowledge that there exist different analyses and life experiences about these matters, and to listen carefully to each other.”
Social media reacted to the event as well.
@RadioFreeTom Bad night for free speech tonite at Claremont McKenna. Reminds me of your chapter about campus life.
— Michael Miller (@millerm1962) April 7, 2017
Today free speech was driven off campus at Claremont McKenna College. pic.twitter.com/zWlTSbIRgr
— DCdoozy (@DCdoozy) April 7, 2017
Dataphobes shut down another speaker trying to provide them with accurate knowledge. https://t.co/rn1ohjl59R
— Ryan (@Ryan_ronron) April 7, 2017
Interested in college? Do you like anti-blackness? Fascism? Complacency? Try Claremont McKenna College!
— Sabina (@LovePixiePants) April 7, 2017
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(H/T The College Fix)