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
Just spoke to a major donor. He is pulling a $250,000 gift from @DePaulU Wow! DePaul better wake up!
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) May 25, 2016
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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