“No Murray! No KKK! No fascist USA!”
Charles Murray gave a speech at Villanova University in Pennsylvania this week. In sharp contrast to the recent incident at Middlebury College which sent a professor to the hospital, student protesters were removed from the event.
FOX News reports:
Anti-Charles Murray protesters hauled out of Villanova speech
A group of protesters briefly halted a speech from the controversial scholar Charles Murray at Villanova University Thursday – but if they’d planned to shut it down, it didn’t work.
The activists chanted “No Murray! No KKK! No fascist USA!” among other things, at the school outside Philadelphia. Video showed two protesters identified as faculty members holding up a banner – before a school official ripped it down.
Campus safety officers escorted the protesters out of the hall, and Murray returned to his lecture – about the effects of so-called “Trumpism” on liberty.
Critics have said Murray linked intelligence to race with scientific racism in his 1994 book, “The Bell Curve,” a claim Murray has denied.
His visit to Villanova came on the heels of a lecture at Vermont’s Middlebury College earlier this month that escalated into rioting after a group of protesters rocked a car.
Here’s a video of the moment described above:
Here’s how the student newspaper “The Villanovan” described the scene:
Charles Murray Event Draws Unrest
The highly anticipated lecture by conservative social scientist Charles Murray drew nearly 200 people to Garey Hall on Thursday afternoon and left several more standing outside. Public Safety officials were forced to begin turning people away 20 minutes before the event began.
As the guest took the podium, a group of protestors, including Associate Professor Gabriel Rockhill, Ph.D. and Adjunct Professor John Patrick Schultz, both of the University’s Philosophy department, stepped to the front of the room. Holding several signs between them, the group chanted over Murray, refusing to allow the lecture to continue. Audience members began to engage with the protestors, and at one point Murray was removed from the room. Fifteen minutes later the group, called “Nova Resistance,” was escorted outside by Public Safety officials, and Murray reclaimed the podium.
“Nova Resistance set out to show this afternoon that Charles Murray has no right to speak at Villanova,” the group said in a later statement. “By inviting Murray – after having rescinded an invitation to a queer activist, whose ‘free speech’ was apparently less important – Villanova offers his ideas the false veneer of respectability. We refuse to be complicit in our silence for the sake of the false niceties of academic conformism, or the fear of powerful economic and political forces framing ‘open debate’ on campus.”
The last part of that name has a familiar ring doesn’t it?
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