What Just Happened at Middlebury College?

Student Protesters at Middlebury College (Rathke-AP)

Dr. Charles Murray, a noted professor (B.A. History, Harvard University, Ph.D. Political Science, MIT) and author of several books, The Bell Curve and Coming Apart, was invited to speak March 2 at Middlebury College in Vermont.  Dr. Murray and his work are widely known and have always been controversial, because he treads in areas that deal with race and gender, and voices opinions and findings that go against the present day, politically correct norm of social justice a.k.a. as ‘equal outcomes for all no matter how hard you worked vs. your neighbor.’ Dr. Murray’s work focuses on human intelligence, IQ, and that intelligence rather than socio-economic status or education is a better predictor of how you’ll fare in life, including income, job performance, etc.

As Dr. Murray was preparing to give his remarks at this college, (whose annual cost is $63,917 for tuition/room and board, FYI mom and dad) he was interrupted and shouted down by student protestors, who believe that their university is no place for differing views, critical thinking, such as Dr. Murray espouses.  Check out the video below, the protestors really get going around 22:35 into the session.  The pathetic part comes at the end as you watch some of the university faculty attempting to talk to the crowd.

Dr. Murray never gave his lecture in the original location afforded him. Instead he gave his speech elsewhere on campus, but not before he and another professor, Allison Stanger were attacked upon trying to leave the hall.

“As Stanger, Murray and a college administrator left McCullough Student Center last evening following the event, they were “physically and violently confronted by a group of protestors,” according to Bill Burger, the college’s vice president for communications and marketing.

Burger said college public safety officers managed to get Stanger and Murray into the administrator’s car.

“The protestors then violently set upon the car, rocking it, pounding on it, jumping on and try to prevent it from leaving campus,” he said. “At one point a large traffic sign was thrown in front of the car. Public Safety officers were able, finally, to clear the way to allow the vehicle to leave campus.”

There are a number of people I know with whom I have differing political views.  Some of them have equated our current President with Fascism and refer to him as another Hitler.  Can’t say that I’ve read anything, anywhere lately where the President or current administration has violently prohibited freedom of speech.

To a certain extent, the university is responsible for this debacle.  In this present day climate, the university should have had campus security present. and after the protests were duly recorded, asked that the room be cleared or quiet for Dr. Murray to speak.  But that didn’t happen, other than faculty members trying to rationalize with snowflakes, rather than ask them if they were familiar with Voltaire, and his phrase, “I do not agree with a word that you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”

Were I an alumni and/or a significant donor to the college, I would be on the phone or email with the Board Members, as well as the university president.  My message, simple:  checkbook closed until further notice.  If it worked at Oxford, you can be darn sure it would work in the land that gave us Wall Street.

America’s universities are approaching a tipping point.  Many of them have ceased to become centers of learning, where they open minds and encourage debate and the science of learning.  Instead, they’re becoming incubators of intolerance and forms of bigotry that they accuse others of.

Middlebury and Berkeley but two who found their way into the news, but they are by no means the exception.  Professional agitators and college activists are watching all of this play out, learning and taking notes.  While Republicans may hold the Presidency, Congress and majority of State legislatures and governorships, the “Left” holds our schools.

Ask yourself which is the greater concern.