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The guy whom the students were protesting sure doesn’t think so.
For some background, controversial conservative speaker Charles Murray came to the small Vermont liberal arts college (that’s possibly the most left-leaning 5-word phrase in existence, so Murray must’ve known what he was getting himself into) back in March, and was promptly given the disruptive student protest experience we’ve all grown so accustomed to. Here’s a (very long) video of the ordeal; you can skip around in it to get the gist.
It wasn’t all whining, screaming, and chanting, though; there was hair-pulling too!
Murray, a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, was shouted down when he attempted to deliver his speech on March 2 and then physically confronted as he left the building with professor Allison Stanger, whose hair was pulled by demonstrators. Protesters also surrounded their car as they left the parking lot.
Murray has faced criticism for a 1994 book that linked intelligence with race.
“Forty-one students received sanctions from the College administration for participating in the first stage of the disruptive protest in Wilson Hall,” Middlebury said in a statement. “The remaining 26 students, who faced more serious consequences for actions in the hall and outside the building, were sanctioned by the College’s Community Judicial Board.”
The Middlebury Police Department said it does not expect to file any criminal charges in the incident “due to insufficient evidence against any specific individual” in the physical confrontation that injured Stanger.
I will say this: as awful and cringeworthy as this video is, it’s not as bad as it seems. As someone who frequents Vermont, I actually toured Middlebury College back in high school to see if I’d like to apply there for college. The reason I didn’t go, which I can almost guarantee also played a part in these protests? There is absolutely nothing going on both on that campus and within a 50-mile radius. It’s an absolute Snoozefest. Pair that with the fact that they disallowed fraternities back around 1990 and as a student you start thinking, “Maybe getting drunk and showing up to protest some random dude will be fun.” And I can almost certainly say that this was in fact the most fun event that’s happened in that entire third of the state of Vermont in decades. They’ll talk about it for years to come while they attend their gender studies classes and write their sociology papers, and it will be referred to as their rager Valhalla.
Do you think Middlebury did enough disciplining here?.
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