Being exposed to ideas one finds ethically or intellectually flawed is intrinsic to learning.
Demonizing the other side is another form of more subtle violence that makes matters worse.
She said protesters’ anger at speaker Charles Murray, while wrongly expressed, was understandable in light of the “ugly” rhetoric from President Trump and its consequences.
Charles Murray’s visit allows us to revisit a dark and largely forgotten chapter of our common history.
The activist, a scholar in residence at the college, says those who shouted down speaker Charles Murray appeared to show intolerance and “gave the bad guys a gift.”
Shouting down speakers with whom we disagree poisons the public debate, silences dissent and denies the majority a chance to hear speakers with varying points of view.
It was Middlebury College’s responsibility to draw a line on behalf of its students of color and it failed spectacularly.
The same leaders who were so quick to defend the rights of immigrants have been silent about the violations of constitutional rights and academic freedom for Charles Murray.
The idea of silencing speakers with an opposing view is antithetical to all that I learned as a political science major at Middlebury.
The Middlebury president promised an independent investigation. Police also will look into allegations that a protester injured a professor.
One does not have to agree with Charles Murray’s ideas to be deeply disturbed by the efforts of Middlebury College students to silence him.
A Middlebury College spokesperson says the protesters who caused Allison Stangar’s neck injury were not students at the college. VIDEO
Author Charles Murray stood silently on stage, apparently dumbfounded, for nearly 30 minutes until he was moved to another room for a live stream presentation of his remarks. As the large screen on stage projected Murray’s image, his voice was drowned out by protestors chanting, pulling fire alarms, and unplugging electronic devices.
An open letter from more than 600 students and faculty said the college should not provide a platform to perpetuate “racist, sexist, classist and ableist structures of power.”