Shouts. Interruptions. Orchestrated chanting. The predictable convulsions of the contemporary university when a conservative comes to town. This time it was U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, speaking to students, faculty, and others gathered at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government last Thursday night.
-Frederick M. Hess & Grant Addison
On Wednesday evening, in the very hall where the University of California at Berkeley had just celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Free Speech Movement, demonstrators shut down a speech by billionaire tech guru--and noted libertarian--Peter Thiel.
Under different circumstances, Alabama civil rights lawyer Morris S. Dees and American Enterprise Institute scholar Charles Murray might have been colleagues, even pals.
Instead, Murray found himself in a near-riot at Middlebury College after accepting a speaking invitation from Republican students at the Vermont school. Students and faculty galvanized by Dees’ political organization barred Murray from speaking.
They shouted him down, chanted their own manifesto, and pulled fire alarms to prevent him from being heard.
Approximately 200 student protesters at Wisconsin’s Beloit College crashed a Wednesday evening event sponsored by the Young Americans for Freedom … and ultimately shut it down.
Erik Prince, founder of Blackwater Worldwide, was to be the night’s featured speaker, but demonstrators “piled chairs onto the stage” and beat on drums to prevent him from delivering his speech, according to GazetteXtra.
Hypocrisy, Liberal, Character, Fascism, Academia
University of Oregon students forcefully disrupted a speech by the school’s president Friday, forcing him to deliver a video address announcing a $50 million gift to the school.
According to The Oregonian, UO President Michael Schill was planning to outline how the school plans to put the massive donation to use, but was driven from the stage by students shouting chants such “Nothing about us without us!” and referring to him as “CEO Schill.”...
A recording of Schill’s address was released in lieu of the speech, in which he reminds students that “if someone says something we don’t like, we should not try to shut them down” because “the antidote to speech we don’t like is MORE SPEECH.”
Liberal, Crime, Character, Academia, Law
After a protester single-handedly shut down a March 5 Portland State University College Republicans speaker event, as police stood by doing nothing to intervene, the school is now doubling down in defense of the way the incident was handled... the university maintains that “no crime took place” at the event, even after being presented with the Oregon State Statute defining “the crime of disorderly conduct” as committing certain acts “with intent to cause public inconvenience, annoyance or alarm, or recklessly creating a risk thereof.”
The listed acts include making “unreasonable noise” and disturbing “any lawful assembly of persons without lawful authority.”
Hypocrisy, Liberal, Violence, Character, Fascism, Academia
Student protesters attempted to block the entrances to Tommy Robinson’s speech at Columbia University Tuesday night, then stormed inside to ensure that the event could not proceed. According to a Facebook page for the protest, the rally was explicitly dubbed an “anti-fascist” protest to show that “alt-right speakers” allegedly like Robinson are “not welcome on our campus.”...
The protests eventually grew so rowdy that Robinson, who planned to Skype in for the appearance from England, had to call a delay. Although Robinson eventually tuned in, protesters continued to shout over him, preventing him from speaking, and later storming the stage as administrators attempted to dissuade them but to no success.
And these people were represented by a handful of thugs in Manchester this week. They shouted, swore, spat, hurled abuse and intimidated Tory voters, Tory members, members of the press affiliated to all sides of the spectrum. People like me. And now, when I think of Labour, these are the people I think of.
Hypocrisy, Liberal, Violence, Character, Threats, Oops, Fascism, Academia
Northwestern University has denounced the student protesters who shut down a classroom talk by an Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) representative last week.
“We are deeply disappointed in the conduct of a group of students Tuesday that resulted in the disruption of a lecture in a Northwestern University class,” President Morton Schapiro and Provost Daniel Linzer declared in a statement...
Around the time that the class began, however, protesters entered the classroom to protest, disrupting the event, standing up in the room, and carrying banners that read, “F**k ICE,” forcing Redbird to cancel the talk out of concern for the speaker’s safety.
Hypocrisy, Liberal, Character, Racism, Fascism, Academia
A speech by Heather Mac Donald at UCLA on Wednesday frequently descended into chaos as Black Lives Matter protesters stormed the stage and chanted their signature phrase over and over, and also took over portions of the Q&A with angry accusations and raucous shouting, a video of the event shows.
After the uproar — which lasted about eight minutes — finally died down, Mac Donald fielded questions from the audience, including from a black female who asked her to speak on whether “black victims killed by cops” mattered. “Yes,” Mac Donald replied. “And do black children that are killed by other blacks matter to you?” At that the room erupted in gasps and angry moans...
Liberal, Hate, Racism, Smears, Abortion, Ignorance
African-American pro-life activist Ryan Bomberger was assailed with a parade of profanity from student audience members during a question and answer session after his recent talk at Harvard Law School about abortion in the black community... “Most of the time I couldn’t respond to everything going on,” Bomberger told The College Fix via email. “Students cursed and yelled at me repeatedly, especially an LGBT activist who called me a ‘f*cking piece of sh*t’. Some students called me (and I’m trying not to laugh) a ‘racist’ and stated that ‘I hate black people.’”
Liberal, Hate, Character, Narrative, Academia, Tolerance, Diversity
Twelve members of the Palestine Solidarity Committee (PSC) disrupted a public event hosted by Professor Ami Pedahzur of UT’s Institute for Israeli Studies titled “The Origin of a Species: The Birth of the Israeli Defense Forces’ Military Culture.”... The students not only disrupted the speech, when Prof. Pedahzur and another person (not clear if a professor or just a member of the audience) tried to get them to stop, they increased the volume of their chants calling for the destruction of Israel and “Long Live the Intifada”.
We Get Screamed Nonsense...
"Freedom of expression is one of the pillars of our democracy. If we start compromising on this, we risk seeing the same censorship overflow in our media, in our political debates. We won't mean anything anymore. No one will dare to talk about immigration, for example, if every time we talk about this, we get screamed nonsense. Nobody wants that. Not me, anyway."
Prof. Boster is practicing his First Amendment rights too, of course. It’s just that he‘s a hostile, boorish jackass. He’s the one screaming in people’s faces. He’s the one who can’t handle anybody disagreeing with him. -Jim Treacher
Liberal, Character, Racism, Narrative, Academia, Tolerance, Diversity
Students at a “safe space” at Claremont McKenna College in California shut down an Asian woman who was describing racial harassment by a black man, booing her when she declared, “black people can be racist.” -by Elizabeth Preza
"I'm a journalist - but the Left as a rule does not want to hear thoughtful disagreement."
Liberal, Character, Academia, Tolerance, Diversity
On Tuesday afternoon an Israeli academic was shouted down by two dozen protesters as he tried to begin a lecture before about 100 students and faculty at the University of Minnesota. The speaker was Moshe Halbertal, a professor at NYU Law School and a professor of Jewish thought and philosophy at Hebrew University...
Outside the hall, the protesters chanted so loudly that it was difficult to hear Halbertal, much less to concentrate on what he was saying, until 45 minutes after the lecture was to have begun.
Liberal, Hate, Character, Fascism, Abortion, Vandalism
Last week, Students for Life of America (SFLA) and other pro-life groups participated in National Pro-Life Chalk Day at junior high, high school and college campuses across the country... Students at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan report how vandals covered their drawings with the Nazi swastika symbol and threw water on the chalkings as well. The pro-life student group wrote slogans like “Life is precious, let’s protect it” and “Love them both” and “Women regret abortion.”
BDS Bullies at NUI Galway
The BDS supporters shouted vile abuse, threatened the students who disagreed with them, and tried to break up the meeting. “You Zionist pr**ks, f*** off our campus, now!” they screamed.
Hypocrisy, Liberal, Character, Fascism, Academia
Portland State University students hold an annual forum with the theme "Law and Disorder" at which they critique police conduct. Speakers tend to be people from the left who have a history of speaking out against police brutality. This year, the forum couldn't get started because one of the speakers -- who has published numerous books and articles about the subject -- was shouted down by audience members who objected to some of his recent writing about sexual violence.
During my talk a kindly philosophy professor stood up & urged students to be civil. He was jeered, mocked & crowd angrily yelled "Sit down."— Christina H. Sommers (@CHSommers) April 21, 2015
The nauseating combination of ignorance, self-righteousness, entitlement, and boorishness that characterizes campus politics today was on appalling display yesterday at Brown University, as a massive crowd of students prevented New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly from addressing the school.
Character, Fascism, Academia
And at Brown, when then-commissioner of the NYPD Ray Kelly attempted to speak last fall, “protesters stood with their fists in the air and began shouting in unison, after which neither Kelly nor…two administrators present…could regain control of the auditorium.”
The professors who admitted to Professor Stanger that they'd never read a word Murray had written led their students in the chants that drowned out whatever he planned to say at Middlebury.
Hate, Incompetence, Character, Education
The mother of a Potosi High School student said a teacher went too far when her daughter was reprimanded for carrying a Bible around school. Angela English says her daughter, Kiela, called her from school saying a teacher yelled at her for carrying a Bible and discussing religion with a classmate.
Instead of trying to shut me up, the right listened to me and even encouraged me to speak up and speak out.
I receive private emails and messages from folks around the country telling me that they too felt silenced by loud liberals with their conditional tolerance and hateful rhetoric.
Democrat, Liberal, Character, Degeneracy, Fascism, Abortion, Protest
Hundreds of jeering protesters helped stop Texas lawmakers from passing one of the toughest abortion measures in the country, shouting down Senate Republicans and forcing them to miss a midnight deadline to pass the bill... An hour later, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst was still insisting the 19-10 vote was in time, but said, "With all the ruckus and noise going on, I couldn't sign the bill."
"Historians of the future will have a hard time figuring out how so many organized groups of strident jackasses succeeded in leading us around by the nose and morally intimidating the majority into silence."
Hypocrisy, Editorial, Liberal, Hate, Character, Fear, Fascism, Tolerance, Diversity
Shouting them down in Academia, April 2013
• Rand Paul Heckled by Howard University Student Protesters
• Leftists Plan to Disrupt Dedication of George W. Bush Library at SMU
• Liberals at UMass Plan to Disrupt Upcoming Karl Rove Speech
• Swarthmore Commencement Speaker Forced Out Over Ties to Bush Administration
• Queen’s U. Shuts Down Free Speech Wall Claiming “Offensive Content”
• Jesuit Gonzaga U. Refuses to Recognize Campus Group for Being Too Catholic
-William A. Jacobson Saturday, April 13, 2013... (Busy days for academic liberal fascists in fear of incorrect ideas. Remember, hostility is fear asking questions. -Bourgeois Norm)
So we drafted a petition last Thursday and as of today [October 29, 2013] there are over 500 signatures. We delivered it to the Taubman Center [at Brown] and they didn’t respond to our demand to cancel the lecture, so today we cancelled it for them.
Liberal, Hate, Character, Fear, Fascism, Tolerance, Diversity
AMHERST, Mass. (WGGB) — Causing a stir on the UMass Amherst campus Republican Strategist, Karl Rove was barely able to get a word in while giving a speech at the Student Union tonight. Although he took the stage to solid applause from the hundreds of students in attendance, it was seconds later he was interrupted by the first of dozens of protesters who stood up and yelled various insults and made various charges against him.
Liberal, Character, Fascism, Academia
After weeks of intense and sometimes personal attacks on Robert Zoellick and his political reputation by Swarthmore College students, the former president of the World Bank and U.S. trade representative announced he will decline the college’s invitation to give one of its commencement addresses.
Character, Degeneracy, Crazy, Academia
The rigors of teaching apparently got to Michigan State University professor John McCarthy Monday. According to multiple sources, the math teacher stripped naked in the middle of his Calculus 1 class and started shouting obscenities. According to the Huffington Post, one of McCarthy's obscene rants included, "There is no f--king god."
Gay Pride Beatdown of Christians
Liberal, Hate, Character, Degeneracy, Fascism, Abortion, Protest
Demonstrators from the Occupy Wall Street movement threw condoms on Catholic schoolgirls, refused to allow a Catholic priest to give a closing prayer, and shouted down a pro-life speaker at a Rhode Island right to life rally on Thursday, according to its organizer. The event marked the third time protesters associated with the movement have disrupted a pro-life meeting in a week.
The University of Toronto Student Union responded to the cumulative stimuli with a "Townhall on Sexism." First red flag: not a single representative of any group with a male-positive perspective was invited to speak. To the contrary, the only invited speaker, Danielle Sandhu, former president of the University of Toronto Student Union, immediately supported an audience member who said, "we know there are infiltrators..."they should just leave, I could point fingers...."" The search was on to identify and root our dissenters. Audience members shouted, "point them out" and "make them uncomfortable." -Warren Farrell
Liberal, Character, Fascism, Academia
In their latest bold stand for free speech, unruly Occupy students at American University in Washington, D.C., shouted down Republican governor Jan Brewer of Arizona on Friday, forcing her to flee the room with aid from security guards.
Nazi Students Shouted Down Professor...
Nazi youth then showed up and disrupted Lessing's classes. Lessing was forced to give up his academic chair the following year.
In his account of what happened, Lessing later wrote that he could do nothing to prevent being "shouted down, threatened and denigrated" by student activists.