Local police said they didn’t have evidence to charge people they could identify and that they didn’t know the names of others. But they agreed with the college: Many weren’t students.
The problem here is enormous: When college students don’t understand the Bill of Rights, and violate the principles thereof, they threaten us all.
Students say it has been confusing and stressful. The college won’t comment on the specifics until after the sanctions process is complete.
Where was the outrage by the Middlebury faculty of the students’ behavior?
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.