A recent American Civil Liberties Union sponsored event was shut down by a rush of Black Lives Matter Student activists. These students apparently offended by the speaker who was set to give a talk on the subject “Students and the First Amendment.” When the protestors first stormed towards the stage speaker Claire Gastañaga even attempted to welcome their presence saying, “Good, I like this. I’m going to talk to you about knowing your rights, and protests and demonstrations, which this illustrates very well. Then I’m going to respond to questions from the moderators, and then questions from the audience.”
What Claire did not seem to realize however, is that per their normal tactics the BLM activists had no plans to let Claire utter so much as another word. Soon she was completely drowned out among loud chants of all types, including the following highlights.
“ACLU, you protect Hitler, too.”
“Liberalism is White Supremacy.”
“The oppressed are not impressed.”
“The revolution will not uphold the Constitution.”
In the rare moments Claire attempted to re-exert some semblance of control, and continue talking she was often just met with chants of, “shame, shame, shame, shame.” Seemingly in reference to a scene in popular TV show Game of Thrones. After about 20 minutes of this sad display campus authorities, instead of simply having security remove these intruders from the grounds, instead amazingly just gave into them. Handing the event microphone to the protests leader, so he could deliver a prepared statement. The statement focused on the group’s outrage that the ACLU had taken a “principled First Amendment defense of the Charlottesville alt-right’s civil liberties.”
Even after the school in a moment of true cowardice called the event a wash, some attendees attempted to approach the planned speaker directly hoping to speak with her. This too was blocked by the protesters though, who eventually succeeded in driving everyone away. You can see the whole scene for yourself here below as the Black Lives Matter activists were so proud of their efforts they even livestreamed the whole thing on Facebook.
Disgustingly, but perhaps not surprisingly the College in question William and Mary, has thus far only released this rather weak willed official statement in response.
“William & Mary has a powerful commitment to the free play of ideas. We have a campus where respectful dialogue, especially in disagreement, is encouraged so that we can listen and learn from views that differ from our own, so that we can freely express our own views, and so that debate can occur. Unfortunately, that type of exchange was unable to take place Wednesday night when an event to discuss a very important matter – the meaning of the First Amendment — could not be held as planned….
Silencing certain voices in order to advance the cause of others is not acceptable in our community. This stifles debate and prevents those who’ve come to hear a speaker, our students in particular, from asking questions, often hard questions, and from engaging in debate where the strength of ideas, not the power of shouting, is the currency. William & Mary must be a campus that welcomes difficult conversations, honest debate and civil dialogue.”
Notice the group in question, Black lives Matter is not directly called out by name once, nor is any promise made to identify and properly punish the perpetrators. Thus ensuring this type of thing will continue happening, and making the whole statement nothing more than empty words. As Reason Magazine states, “If officials are just going to stand by while students make it impossible to even have a conversation about free speech on campus, the matter is already settled: there is no free speech at William & Mary.”
Black Lives Matter, Antifa, and similar Alt-Left groups all share one thing in common. They loath free speech and the free exchange of ideas. Their world view can only exist and thrive in a vacuum and they know this. If challenged their idea’s fall flat on their face almost instantly, which is why these groups have systematically started making sure no one has the right to speak and challenge them. This including even ironically ACLU lawyers, of the very type that often champion their causes. Considering though that a recent major University’s “privilege workshop” revealed that minority students believe the concept of “agreeing to disagree” is a White only belief, it’s not that surprising these people have no desire to peacefully co-exist with the rest of us.