October 5, 2006
Students Protest Minutemen at Columbia -- See Video
After a 45-minute long diatribe by a preachy opening speaker, during which a packed crowd inside Roone Arledge Hall at Columbia grew increasingly irate, main event Jim Gilchrist was rushed by a large group of students, in what descended into a free-for-all on the stage. Check out the story, with links to a videp by clicking here.
For the "Full Statement of Columbia Students Who Occupied the Stage", click here. Thw students begin the statement as follows: "In the aftermath of the protest on the night of October 4 against Jim Gilchrist and the racist Minutemen at Roone Arledge auditorium, we want to state clearly: We are proud to send the message to the country that racist and fascist groups are not welcome at Columbia or in New York City."
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Protests?!! Is this the new acadamia, the silencers of free speech? These are not protestors but hoodlums who've gone way over the line with their fascist tactics. Their actions have neutralized any positive message which they wished to convey in protest. Columbia has a great deal to be ashamed of today.
Posted by: George | Oct 5, 2006 3:54:31 PM
It's ironic that the very same tactics that these students used against the Minutemen were used in the 1930's by Adolph Hitler against his political opponents, yet it is the student protesters who call the Minutement Nazis.
I note that there seems to be no moral outrage against this incident from professors Hing, Johnson or Chacon.
Posted by: George | Oct 7, 2006 6:03:50 PM
The general silence from academic circles is resounding, and as Edmund Burke once said, "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."
Posted by: George | Oct 10, 2006 12:46:45 PM