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Several recent demonstrations at various colleges across the country illustrate nicely the incoherent temper-tantrum style of politics that currently dominates campus life.
At the University of Oregon, the school’s president was delivering his yearly State of the University address when student protesters stormed the stage babbling about “neo-Nazis” and “fascism.” They chanted things like “shame.” One student announced: “Expect resistance to anyone who opposes us.” The protestors needn’t have worried about any opposition: the school cancelled the president’s speech and beat a hasty retreat.
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At Virginia Tech late last month, protesters showed up at that president’s State of the University address as well, accusing him of employing a “white supremacist,” chanting “Nazis get off our campus” and “No Nazis! No KKK! No Fascist USA!” When the president attempted to keep speaking, protesters “shouted over him and threw tiny white pieces of paper containing information on the [alleged white supremacist] employee.”
At the University of California at Berkeley, a group of students disrupted a professor’s class and read a manifesto of grievances, demanding that the professor offer a take-home exam instead of the in-class one. “Our well-beings are being put on the line because of our emotional, mental and physical stress,” one student announced. The protestors harangued the class, dismissing one student as a “white boy with privilege” and interrupting the professor as he tried to reason with them. When the professor asked that the students let him finish, they fired back: “We’ve let you finish forever, from day one.”
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At Columbia, students interrupted the class of a professor, claiming Columbia is “endangered” by the instructor, who is also a Title IX sexual harassment administrator. The students accused the professor of “making Columbia inaccessible to survivors of violence,” claiming she was responsible for “Columbia’s culture of sexual harassment.” A video of the event shows the...
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