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Today’s Wall Street Journal carries an op-ed by Zachary Wood (above) the Williams College student who invited me to speak to his “Uncomfortable Learning” group last February. The invitation was rescinded by the college president, Adam Falk “in the best interests of students and our community.”

You can read Wood’s op-ed at the Journal website if you have a subscription. If you don’t have a subscription, I’ve posted a copy here.

Clicking through this Tweet may also work:

Wood writes that:

After I invited conservative commentator John Derbyshire in 2016 to speak about race and national identity, one student angrily told me that if the speech wasn’t canceled, Mr. Derbyshire wouldn’t make it through the door in one piece.

“What do you mean?” I asked. “You can’t be serious.”

The student paused, leaned over the table and looked me in the eye: “Whatever it takes, he will not make it through that door.”

I had received criticism before and had my character attacked, but a face-to-face physical threat was something new. Two days later, the college president banned Mr. Derbyshire from campus.

So the movements of guests on the Williams College campus are controlled by violent thugs. And those thugs have the support of the college administration.

Good to know … especially if you are the parent of a highschooler checking out colleges to apply to.

(Republished from VDare by permission of author or representative)
• Category: Ideology • Tags: Academia, Political Correctness 
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  1. This story would be a lot more interesting if we got some detail about what the student looked like. Race? Body type? No pronouns, so we can’t even be sure of gender.

  2. So now Williams College shit is in the wind. Attaboy Derb.

  3. Freedom of Speech Is Not Enough. Colleges should also teach students how to debate respectfully.

    Progressives don’t give a s**t about learning or debating. All they care about is smothering any opinions not their own.

    And (most) college administrators don’t give a s**t about teaching. All they care about is making sure that the sun of federal munificence continues to shine upon them.

  4. Veracitor says:

    I know how hard it is to think of this stuff at the moment of shock, but Woods should get ready for next time: ask the threatening student to wait a moment, call in a campus policeman, then invite the student to repeat the threat and the cop to write it down (with the identities of all present, the date, etc.).

    Threatening students must be counter-threatened with prosecution. Remember, millions for defense but not one cent for tribute!

  5. “The exercise of the First Amendment does not ordinarily require governmental expenditure to protect the right to speak and the right to hear that speech. In this case, it did, and those resources were not forthcoming. When an individual or university is unable to bear the cost of security, the government bears the responsibility to do so, even if that amounts to funding scores of additional law-enforcement officers to keep the peace or beat back an organized assault.”
    By Joseph Charney, a retired Los Angeles County prosecutor.

  6. Art Deco says:

    Adam Falk is just another careerist fraud nursing at the higher education teat. You’d be hard put to find one of them who has an authentic set of principles they hold to. It’s improvisation, attitudinizing, and smarmy excuses all the way down.

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