Sadly, it comes as news to no one that the most intolerant places in America are now our college and university campuses. As evidenced by the rioting on the University of California Berkeley campus last month over Milo Yiannopoulos’ scheduled speech (vandalism that’s still going on, by the way, and that’s caused $100,000 in damage so far) these once beacons of free speech and expression of thought have become anything but.
And now we have an actual physical assault to report.
It happened on the campus of Middlebury College in Vermont, where author Dr. Charles Murray was attempting to deliver a talk. Seven Days, which hails itself as “Vermont’s Independent Voice” began its report with this:
“A violent “mob” attacked controversial author Charles Murray and a Middlebury College professor as they left a campus building Thursday night following a chaotic attempt at a lecture, a college spokesman said.
Professor Allison Stanger was assaulted and her neck was injured when someone pulled her hair as she tried to shield Murray from the 20 or 30 people who attacked the duo outside the McCullough Student Center, said Bill Burger, a vice president of communications at Middlebury College.Burger said people in the crowd, made up of students and “outside agitators,” wore masks as they screamed at Murray “…The demonstrators were trying to block Mr. Murray and Professor Stanger’s way out of the building and to the car,” Burger said. “It became a pushing and shoving match, with the officers trying to protect those two people from demonstrators — and it became violent.”
“This was an incredibly violent confrontation,” added Burger, who described the crowd a “mob.”
This is where we are. Murray had been invited to speak at the college and lecture from his 2012 book, Coming Apart, a heavily statistical analysis of the break in American society between the poor, working, and wealthy upper classes. Coming Apart is not conservative dogma. That didn’t stop students and agitators from shutting down the speech of someone they believed to have things to say they wouldn’t like.
Prior to the violence, Murray’s scheduled talk was disrupted by demonstrators who chanted and shouted him down for several minutes to prevent him from being able to speak:
Murray was then forced to deliver his remarks via a livestream video feed from a private room presumably in another part of the building. Then when he and his accompanying professor were attempting to leave the building they were attacked.
According to the report, Murray was able to get into his car. Once inside, his car was then attacked. Protesters jumped onto the car, began banging on its windows and threatening the 74-year-old writer for the American Enterprise Institute, a think tank on fiscal and economic policy. The violent mob dragged a cement-based stop sign in front of Murray’s car in an attempt to block him in but apparently Murray was able to leave the scene unharmed.
Charles Murray now joins a growing list of people who have been run off, uninvited, bullied or blocked from speaking on American university campuses. He joins a list that includes Allen West, Michelle Malkin, Ann Coulter, Milo Yiannopoulos, Condalezza Rice among others. Notice anything about that list?
[Note: This article was written by Derrick Wilburn]