Cause and Effect Milo / DePaul Edition

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Cause and Effect Milo / DePaul Edition

At DePaul Uni­ver­sity we once again saw the com­mit­ment of the left to the prin­ci­ple of free speech

DePaul Uni­ver­sity Black Lives Mat­ter pro­test­ers shut down a Milo Yiannopou­los event on Tues­day night. They jus­ti­fied their illib­eral actions on grounds that Yiannopoulos’s speech spreads hate and vio­lence — which, inci­den­tally, is true, given that the stu­dents retal­i­ated by lit­er­ally attack­ing him.

In video footage of the event, a female pro­tester can clearly be seen strik­ing Yiannopou­los in the face. This took place dur­ing the Q and A, which was inter­rupted by the female stu­dent and another activist, stu­dent Edward Ward. They were joined by ten other irate stu­dents. Yiannopoulos’s sup­port­ers tried to stop them, and police and secu­rity were called.

There was secu­rity on hand, but…

nei­ther the police nor cam­pus secu­rity did any­thing to stop the activists. This was ironic, because DePaul had forced the Col­lege Repub­li­cans to pay sev­eral hun­dred extra dol­lars for secu­rity for the event, accord­ing to The Col­lege Fix.

The col­lege pres­i­dent responded by send­ing out an email refer­ring to Yiannopou­los and his ilk as “enter­tain­ers” and “self-​serving provo­ca­teurs”, call­ing his actions his “shtick” and praised pro­test­ers who were: “work­ing to calm each other, and at times, even hold peo­ple back from hasty decisions,”

That being said he also had this to say:

“Yesterday’s speaker was invited to speak at DePaul, and those who inter­rupted the speech were wrong to do so. Uni­ver­si­ties wel­come speak­ers, give their ideas a respect­ful hear­ing, and then respond with addi­tional speech coun­ter­ing the ideas. I was ashamed for DePaul Uni­ver­sity when I saw a stu­dent rip the micro­phone from the hands of the con­fer­ence mod­er­a­tor and wave it in the face of our speaker,” he wrote.

Given his attack on Milo’s opin­ions, praise of pro­test­ers and the inac­tiv­ity of the secu­rity that the uni­ver­sity required him to pay for the pres­i­dent words ring hollow.

Glenn Reynolds as one sug­gested effect to this cause:

Sounds like DePaul has cre­ated a hos­tile edu­ca­tional envi­ron­ment on account of race. I hope that some DePaul stu­dents file a com­plaint with the Depart­ment of Edu­ca­tion, then pub­li­cize the response. You know that if the races had been reversed here there would already be feds onsite.

But Char­lie Kirk on Twit­ter notes an effect that is more likely to pro­duce change

The with­hold­ing of con­tri­bu­tions both big and small is the best way to per­suade the uni­ver­sity to actively sup­port the prin­ci­ples they claim to hve.

That a Catholic Uni­ver­sity that has allowed this is an embar­rass­ment to me but I sus­pect DePaul’s “Catholic” iden­tity these days only exists to attact the dol­lars of faith­ful catholics who unlike the Car­di­nal New­man Soci­ety have no idea what DePaul’s has been up to these days.

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At DePaul University we once again saw the commitment of the left to the principle of free speech

DePaul University Black Lives Matter protesters shut down a Milo Yiannopoulos event on Tuesday night. They justified their illiberal actions on grounds that Yiannopoulos’s speech spreads hate and violence—which, incidentally, is true, given that the students retaliated by literally attacking him.

In video footage of the event, a female protester can clearly be seen striking Yiannopoulos in the face. This took place during the Q and A, which was interrupted by the female student and another activist, student Edward Ward. They were joined by ten other irate students. Yiannopoulos’s supporters tried to stop them, and police and security were called.

There was security on hand, but…

neither the police nor campus security did anything to stop the activists. This was ironic, because DePaul had forced the College Republicans to pay several hundred extra dollars for security for the event, according to The College Fix.

The college president responded by sending out an email referring to Yiannopoulos and his ilk as “entertainers” and “self-serving provocateurs”, calling his actions his “shtick” and praised protesters who were: “working to calm each other, and at times, even hold people back from hasty decisions,”

That being said he also had this to say:

“Yesterday’s speaker was invited to speak at DePaul, and those who interrupted the speech were wrong to do so. Universities welcome speakers, give their ideas a respectful hearing, and then respond with additional speech countering the ideas. I was ashamed for DePaul University when I saw a student rip the microphone from the hands of the conference moderator and wave it in the face of our speaker,” he wrote.

Given his attack on Milo’s opinions, praise of protesters and the inactivity of the security that the university required him to pay for the president words ring hollow.

Glenn Reynolds as one suggested effect to this cause:

Sounds like DePaul has created a hostile educational environment on account of race. I hope that some DePaul students file a complaint with the Department of Education, then publicize the response. You know that if the races had been reversed here there would already be feds onsite.

But Charlie Kirk on Twitter notes an effect that is more likely to produce change

The withholding of contributions both big and small is the best way to persuade the university to actively support the principles they claim to hve.

That a Catholic University that has allowed this is an embarrassment to me but I suspect DePaul’s “Catholic” identity these days only exists to attact the dollars of faithful catholics who unlike the Cardinal Newman Society have no idea what DePaul’s has been up to these days.

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