The New York Post reminds us today that Columbia University has done nothing–zip, nada, zilch–to punish the hoodlums who sabotaged a speech by Minutemen Project co-founder Jim Gilchrist:
Forty-seven days: That’s how long it’s been since Columbia University hosted a breathtakingly brazen attack on free speech and academic freedom.
Since then, not a word of apology has been offered to those whose rights were trampled – nor an ounce of punishment meted out to the offenders.
The only thing, in fact, that Columbia’s administrators have done is to announce an “investigation” – which, of course, they would do.
Beyond that, Columbia’s silent.
* No comment on when the investigation might wrap up.
* No comment on how many students are under investigation.
* No comment on how many face possible expulsion.
Maybe Columbia’s hoping the whole matter will simply go away.
Or perhaps the administration is just too scared to confront its brownshirts.
Regardless, what transpired that night is clear: Just as Jim Gilchrist, founder of the anti-illegal-immigration Minuteman Project, opened his remarks at a campus event sponsored by the college’s Republican Club, thugs bum-rushed the stage and physically attacked the speaker.
Their assault was premeditated. Gilchrist was barely able to utter a word before being hustled away by security.
Apart from some boilerplate rhetoric immediately after the attack, university President Lee Bollinger has had little of substance to say about it.
There has been no formal apology to Gilchrist.
There has been no invitation for him to return to Columbia for a do-over.
Worst of all, Bollinger – though a First Amendment specialist – appears perfectly content with how things are proceeding.
Here’s the video reminder from Oct. 5:
Columbia University president’s Lee Bollinger e-mail address: bollinger-at-columbia.edu.