My interview on Lars Larson Show: “a significant portion of the campus just lost it”
On Tuesday night, October 31, 2017, I appeared on the Lars Larson radio show to talk about my experience at Vassar College. See these posts for the details:
- Safe Spaces and Safety Teams at Vassar College for My Lecture on Free Speech
- Actual Malice at Vassar College
Here are some of my comments during the interview:
They completely lost their minds. As soon as they heard that I was going to talk about “hate speech” as possibly being protected speech, which legally it is, they literally went nuts. They organized against me coming. They falsely accused me of wanting to bring neo-Nazis and White Supremacists to campus to target minority students. They accused me of posting the event on White Nationalist websites, all of which was completely false.
They had a meeting with almost 300 people on this small college campus devoted to how were they going to protect students from me and my supporters. They smeared me, you can imagine what they said about me. And it really was just this moment where a significant portion of the campus just lost it. And they even tried to get my speech cancelled…. It was just a very, very crazy, scary situation…. You’ve known me, I’ve been on your show before, I don’t normally talk like this. This was an absolute lunacy that went on on campus.
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[The social justice activists] view everything through the prism of how does it affect their activism. How does it affect what they consider to be social justice. And if words are harmful to their movement, they consider it an act of violence. They literally consider words that they don’t like to be an act of violence.
I then discussed the lecture itself, which was successful:
So you have the actual event, where you had probably total close to 300 students who showed up for this, and engaged with me in a productive manner versus the social justice activists who didn’t want me to appear, who called me names, who whipped people into a frenzy based on false information. So it really was this dichotomy. And I wonder long term what impact it has on the campus, whether these students now realize they are being manipulated by these social justice warriors. That these people do not have their interests in mind, that these people are totalitarian in nature, and that they are the ones that people should be afraid of, not me.
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The students who tried to prevent it from happening, who spread the lies, as far as I know, have not been called out by the administration. They’ve been coddled by the administration, and they need to be held accountable for what they did. Because they tried to deprive all these other students of those students’ right to education. They wanted to hear me speak.
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