Liberal Students Deface, Tear Down Posters for Michelle Malkin Speech
We didn’t expect any disruption, thinking that Marquette students are too polite to try to shout down a speaker, and indeed the two Public Safety officers on duty said that the only possibility of disruption would be from “outside” groups.
In fact the crowd was very pro-Malkin, with no hint of disruption.
But one student got up during the question and answer session to report a rather explosive fact: a friend of his had bragged about going around campus and tearing down flyers that advertised the Malkin talk.
The person was Law School student Steven Manders, who insisted his friend (whom he prefered not to name) was not just blowing smoke, and indeed Manders confirmed that Malkin posters had been torn down in the Wells Street parking garage, where his friend had been.
Officers of the College Republicans confirmed that numerous posters had been torn down, and many other defaced. We got this from a College Republicans official:
As a follow up to our discussion this evening about Malkin posters being torn down and defaced, just wanted to tell you what I observed. No more than two days after the College Republicans spent several hours hanging posters for our event around campus, I began noticing several I had hung myself were no longer in the places I had put them. In O’Donnell Hall and Schroeder Hall specifically, I saw several folded up and on the ground. Others were ether flipped upside down or moved to an entirely different place on the info boards. At O’Donnell Hall, one of the posters had the words “F**K FOX NEWS” in big, scratchy, bold letters and the “Fox News Contributor” part in Ms. Malkin’s bio was scratched out. This poster was also on the ground. I put it back in the same place I had two short days ago, only to find it removed once again the following day, no doubt a result of the “offensive” language that had been written on it. I also observed that the poster at the O’Donnell hall front desk did not make it to the day of the event, but the “Sara Bareilles” concert poster sure did.Of course, not all liberals, and not even the majority of liberals and indeed not more than a small minority of liberals would do something like this. But two things much be pointed out. First, liberals have created a climate in academia where things like this can happen, even if most liberals would not personally tear down a poster.
This was just me, in two of the buildings I frequent on campus. I am sure this happened in other places as well.
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Second, even a single student who attacks a black person or a gay person can create a massive uproad on a college campus. But attacks on outspoken conservative females aren’t seen as particularly bad.