Middlebury students shout down author
Nicole Higgins DeSmet , Free Press Staff Writer Published 6:09 p.m. ET March 2, 2017
Middlebury College students shouted down Libertarian political scientist and author Charles Murray as he tried to deliver a speech Thursday afternoon. …
“I would regret it terribly if my presence here today, which is an expression of support I try to give to all my students [...] is read to be something which is not, an endorsement of Mr. Murray’s teachings and writings,” Middlebury College President Laurie L. Patton said to the students …
Several groups in the audience stood as Murray began to speak. They turned their backs and spoke over him. Single voices merged into a call and response that included “Who is the enemy? White supremacy,” and “Charles Murray go away. Racist. Sexist. Anti-gay.”
“We believe that his views are racist. Our goal is not to give him a platform on this campus,” student Emma Ronai-Durning said before disappearing down a stairwell.
I get the sense from the fairness of this article that Burlington’s Free Press actually supports Free Speech. But who cares what some dying white America newspaper thinks?
Middlebury College students turn their backs to Charles Murray, unseen, who they call a white nationalist, during his lecture in Middlebury, Vt., Thursday, March 2, 2017. Hundreds of college students on Thursday protested a lecture by a speaker they call a white nationalist, forcing the college to move his talk to an undisclosed campus location from which it was live-streamed to the original venue but couldn’t be heard above protesters’ chants, feet stamping and occasional smoke alarms. (Lisa Rathke/Associated Press)
MIDDLEBURY, Vt. — Hundreds of college students on Thursday protested a lecture by a writer some called a white nationalist, forcing the college to move his talk to an undisclosed campus location from which it was live-streamed to the original venue but couldn’t be heard above protesters’ chants, feet stamping and occasional smoke alarms.
Speaker Charles Murray wrote “The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life” and “Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010.” The Southern Poverty Law Center considers him a white nationalist who uses “racist pseudoscience and misleading statistics to argue that social inequality is caused by the genetic inferiority of the black and Latino communities, women and the poor.”