Monday, April 11, 2011

Liberal Students Deface, Tear Down Posters for Michelle Malkin Speech

Michelle Malkin gave a good talk tonight, and hopefully the MacIver Institute (which was taping it) will post the video.

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.

This was just me, in two of the buildings I frequent on campus. I am sure this happened in other places as well.

Regards,
Alec Paget
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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.

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.

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4 Comments:

Blogger Raging Mob of Joggers said...

I have a video of this portion of the event. I will post link to it when I get home.

9:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

email the CRs the link to the video when you have it! marquettecrs@gmail.com we'll get it out.

11:09 AM  
Anonymous Civil Liberal said...

As a prior member of Students for Obama during the Presidential campaigns, I have to point out that this behavior occurs everywhere and is perpetrated by members on both sides of the aisle. To suggest that liberals in academia have created a climate in which this is allowed is to distort the events--at least this is how it appears to me. I don't think anyone condones this type of behavior, and most understand that it's "kids being kids," as you'll note these acts were noticed in freshman and sophomore dorms. I also think Malkin's speech was hypocritical from this same standpoint. For example, I was on the Hill working for a liberal lawmaker during the passing of health reform, and not only answered phones but also witnessed the parades and protests of numerous Tea Party organizations. While many of them were respectful (as many are in Madison), a large number also displayed irrational behavior or carried signs that bore racist and sometimes derogatory images or remarks. These were of course condemned by Tea Party officials, but it just goes to show that while Malkin's general point about civility was correct, her bias in suggesting that it only happens from members of the left was obvious and a bit irrational. I think we could all use a bit more civility.

4:02 PM  
Blogger John McAdams said...

it just goes to show that while Malkin's general point about civility was correct, her bias in suggesting that it only happens from members of the left was obvious and a bit irrational.

I didn't hear saying it only happens on the left. She was complaining about a media double standard, wherein "civility" is used to bludgeon conservatives, but liberals get a pass.

To suggest that liberals in academia have created a climate in which this is allowed is to distort the events.

I disagree.

But let me point out this:

The liberal students I've known best are political science majors and active in real-world politics. They are frequently members of the College Democrats. These liberal students are a very tolerant and reasonable lot.

This, apparently is because they have chosen to participate in real-world politics, and not the politically correct sandbox politics of the campus.

Students under the influence of feminist professors, or the campus gay lobby, or some professors in (say) sociology or psychology are a different matter.

8:17 PM  

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