Unlike the Berkeley Police Department with Milo, the New York Police Department made sure Gavin McInness could actually deliver at least part of his talk at New York University at the invitation of the NYU Republicans. Gavin did get pepper-sprayed by anti-free speech activists, and eventually he got shut down after about 20 minutes by screamers.
Eleven people were arrested in New York, ten more than at the much more violent Berkeley anti-free speech riot.
The NYPD standing up for Gavin’s civil rights caused one protester to memorably enunciate to the line of cops protecting the dissidents the high principles and deep commitment to objective rationality that are at the heart of today’s anti-free speech movement.
Here’s a transcript from The Blaze of the professor’s remarks to the NYPD:
Who’s protecting NYU from this bulls**t? Why are you here? You’re not here to protect these students from Nazis. No, you’re not! This is completely f***ed up. And these students had to f***ing face them on their own. You should be ashamed of yourselves! You should be standing up to those Nazis! You should be protecting students from hate! This is hate! These are f***ing assholes … you are a joke. You’re grown boys! You’re grown boys … and I’m disgusted! I’m a professor! How dare you! How dare you f***ing assholes protect neo-Nazis? F*** you! F*** you! F*** you! These are kids who are trying to learn about humanity! They’re trying to learn about human rights and against racism and xenophobia and LGBTQ rights, and you’re letting these f***ing neo-Nazis near here! You should kick their ass! You should! You should be ashamed of yourselves! You should! F*** that s**t. F*** that s**t. It’s not up to these students to kick the ass of a neo-Nazi! They don’t have to raise their fist! They were taught to be peaceful! F*** you! F*** you. I’m a professor. God f***ing damn it … you’re here to protect neo-Nazis! So f*** you! God f***ing damn it! Those kids should not have to take fists up to neo-Nazis, and you’re putting them in that situation! Go to hell. F*** you NYPD!
Do you ever get the impression there’s more than a little Freudian projection going on in the Crusade Against Hate?
By the way, people standing on sidewalks in Greenwich Village screaming “I’m a professor” are not necessarily all professors.
Not necessarily not professors, either … There are a lot of adjunct professors in New York City.
UPDATE: The screamer is possibly Rebecca Goyette, an artist who specializes in lobster-related pornography and video enactments of Donald Trump being castrated. Her CV claims she has served as an adjunct professor of art, but not at expensive NYU.
(NYU notoriously uses a lot of adjunct professors rather than giving tenure to its own professors, because it’s much cheaper. On the other hand, NYU part-timers tend to be relatively brilliant: there are a lot of very smart people in New York who are stuck between projects and are willing to take NYU’s paycheck to help ends meet.)
But, TrigglyProf is not one of them. Instead, she once served as an Adjunct Professor of Art at Montclair State in New Jersey.
Here’s a long Huffington Post article about Goyette’s Trump castration art work that may tell you more about her than you care to know: “Why Porn Is The Perfect Weapon To Fight Hatred, Fear, And Trump.”
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