Protests Erupt at Bucknell University Over Speech by Heather Mac Donald
“It is evidence in support of Mac Donald’s thesis in her latest book that some faculty and students are reacting to this as they are”
As noted in the story below, Bucknell recently hosted a talk by a pro-Antifa scholar and there were no issues. Outrage about campus speakers always goes in the same direction.
The College Fix reports:
Blacklisting, vandalism, picket line: Outrage erupts at Bucknell ahead of Heather Mac Donald talk
When Antifa scholar Mark Bray, known for advocating political violence, gave a guest lecture in September at Bucknell University on the eve of the 9/11 anniversary, it was met with little resistance.
The talk was hosted by the Humanities Center and largely welcomed on campus. A few wary scholars did not object to his speech, only how he was championed by organizers “as some kind of morally serious person courageously challenging evil.”
In contrast, a talk by conservative scholar Heather Mac Donald set for Thursday at the private, Pennsylvania liberal arts college has generated outrage among its left-leaning professors and students.
The talk is funded by the bipartisan Bucknell Program for American Leadership and Citizenship, also known as BPALC, and will focus on Mac Donald’s recent book The Diversity Delusion: How Race and Gender Pandering Corrupt the University and Undermine Our Culture.
Despite the talk’s innocuous title — “Campus Politics and the Liberal Arts” — the upcoming speech has prompted vandalism, fiery op-eds in the campus newspaper, a planned picket line, a counter-protest event, and perhaps most alarmingly, discussions of blacklisting students and scholars who support BPALC and its goals.
“It is evidence in support of Mac Donald’s thesis in her latest book that some faculty and students are reacting to this as they are,” Bucknell sociology Professor Alexander Riley said in an email to The College Fix.
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Correction. The planned speech by McDonald did not “generate outrage” among the left. That’s like “generating” snow in a blizzard.
She’s just the latest target in their never-ending hate campaign.
When your core beliefs and principles wither when debated fairly, then you restrict speech and shelter them from scrutiny. Placing onerous restrictions and requiring excessive security are some tactics used. It is particularly silly when the reasons for security are from the limiting side.
If you are evil.
Your first mistake is using antifa as an adjective to describe a scholar.
I have asked this question, or made it a point in other threads of this nature: what courses of study (“majors”) are the protestors taking? Second: how many with serious majors are involved?
Is all of academia infected with these leftist viewpoints? Good grief! They are fighting against the 1st Amendment in academia. What kind of tolerance can we show these bullies without actually debasing the Bill of Rights., They will end up just being ignored words on paper if no one stnds up for the principles.