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An interesting question — to me — is whether Middlebury professor Allison Stanger being hospitalized by the violence of anti-science / anti-free speech thugs enraged at her attempting to argue with Charles Murray rather than to screech at him qualifies as a hate crime.
As far as I can tell, this hasn’t occurred to anybody else, however, which seems rather revealing about America’s priorities and paranoias in 2017.
So far nobody has been suspended, much less arrested, for the assault.
Here’s Middlebury College’s official policy:
Middlebury is committed to maintaining a diverse and inclusive campus environment where bigotry and intolerance are unacceptable.
It would initially seem like inflicting concussion and whiplash on Professor Stanger would qualify as bigotry and intolerance, but, reading further, it’s not clear if anybody at Middlebury was concerned with this kind of bigotry and intolerance. Some kinds of bigotry and intolerance are less equal than others.
The Community Bias Response Team (CBRT) is charged with assessing and communicating an appropriate and comprehensive institutional response to bias incidents and acts of intolerance involving students….
The CBRT’s goal is to take appropriate measures in responding to bias incidents and to provide educational interventions to the Middlebury community. …
What is bias?
Middlebury defines a bias incident as a single act or multiple acts directed toward an individual or group on the basis of actual or perceived race, creed, color, place of birth, ancestry, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, marital status, service in the armed forces of the United States, positive-HIV-related blood test results, disability, culture, socio-economic status, spirituality or any combination of these or other related factors, with the purpose or effect, from the point of view of a reasonable person, of negatively impacting another.
Bias incidents include, but are not limited to: slurs, degrading language, epithets, graffiti, vandalism, intimidation, symbols, and harassment; that are directed toward or affect the targeted individual or team. Incidents of bias may contribute to a hostile campus environment and can occur even if the act itself is unintentional or delivered as a joke, prank, or having humorous intent.
It’s not clear whether this applies to poor Ms. Stanger, who was beaten up because she believes the First Amendment applies to Charles Murray.
But if this incredibly long list doesn’t apply to not beating up liberals who believe the First Amendment applies to Charles Murray, then isn’t that rather revealing?
This ought to be a Guns of Singapore moment when we realize that we’ve been obsessing over the wrong concern for our time.