In a world where there’s no end to what the far-Left will call racist, it was only a matter of time before there was some infighting.
It’s hard to be surprised at the lunacy coming out of college campuses anymore, but I’ll have to admit I am a bit amused by it in this case.
Reason Magazine reported, students affiliated with the Black Lives Matter movement crashed an event at the College of William & Mary, rushed the stage, and prevented the invited guest—the American Civil Liberties Union’s Claire Gastañaga, a W & M alum—from speaking.
Ironically, Gastañaga had intended to speak on the subject, “Students and the First Amendment.”
Students took to the stage just a few moments after Gastañaga began her remarks. At first, she attempted to spin the demonstration as a welcome example of the kind of thing she had come to campus to discuss, commenting “Good, I like this,” as they lined up and raised their signs. “I’m going to talk to you about knowing your rights, and protests and demonstrations, which this illustrates very well. Then I’m going to respond to questions from the moderators, and then questions from the audience.”
It was the last remark she was able to make before protesters drowned her out with cries of, “ACLU, you protect Hitler, too.” They also chanted, “the oppressed are not impressed,” “shame, shame, shame, shame,” (an ode to the Faith Militant’s treatment of Cersei Lannister in Game of Thrones, though why anyone would want to be associated with the religious fanatics in that particular conflict is beyond me), “blood on your hands,” “the revolution will not uphold the Constitution,” and, uh, “liberalism is white supremacy.”
Not a single one of these protesters seems to understand that you can defend someone’s right to speak without holding their positions. The ACLU has defended the right of the Westboro Baptist Church to speak before, but it would be laughable to deem them a “Christian extremist” organization. In fact, the First Amendment is the one issue the ACLU seems to always get right.
Hilariously, the ACLU’s own official website has an entire section devoted to Black Lives Matter in which they document a number of high-profile police shootings and conclude that “systemic reform on a national scale is necessary.” They also provide a list of resources for anyone who wants to help the BLM movement.
I can’t imagine spending effort trying to appease lunatics who will view me as racist no matter what, but then again, I’m not a liberal.