What happens when safe spaces aren’t safe? Look around at any number of the anti-free speech protests going on, and you’ll find out. Excerpt:
At Middlebury College last week, Charles Murray needed a safe space — literally.
In a significant escalation of the campus speech wars, protesters hooted down the conservative scholar in a lecture hall and then roughed up a Middlebury faculty member escorting him to a car.
The Middlebury administration commendably tried to do the right thing and stand by Murray’s right to be heard, but was overwhelmed by a yowling mob with all the manners and intellectual openness of a gang of British soccer hooligans.
Sometime soon, we may yearn for the days when college students were merely childish and closed-minded. If campus protests of speech begin to more routinely slide into violence, Middlebury will be remembered as a watershed.
First, there was the target. Charles Murray is controversial — mainly for his book, “The Bell Curve,” about IQ — but he is one of the most significant social scientists of our age.
Here’s the clincher:
Protesters found the room and pounded on the windows and pulled fire alarms. When Murray and Stanger exited at the end of the live-stream and headed for their getaway car, protesters assailed them. They shoved and grabbed Stanger, who was shaken up and later went to the hospital, and pounded on the car and tried to obstruct it.
Stanger wrote afterward that she “feared for my life.”And for what offense? Talking to someone who thinks differently than the average Middlebury faculty member or student.
It’s popular among those on the Left to compare anyone to the poltical right of Leon Trotsky as a Nazi. But it’s the sturmtruppen of the Left that is engaging in brownshirt tactics on our campuses today. Who the bloody hell do these punks think they are?
I’d challenge anyone on any side of this issue to point to one instance – just one – where the roles where reversed, where right-wing thugs shut down a peaceful speaking appearance by a liberal speaker.
I already know what the answer will be: