Middlebury College students shouted down Libertarian political scientist and author Charles Murray as he tried to deliver a speech Thursday afternoon.
“We need to foster a climate where we can listen and respect differences,” Dean of Students Baishakhi Taylor said in front of the lecture hall as hundreds of students and faculty members lined up outside. Some carried expletive-filled signs.
“We don’t have to agree with everything. How do we engage in civil discourse?” Taylor continued.
Murray had been invited to speak at Middlebury about “Coming Apart,” which he authored in 2012. Students planned to disrupt Murray’s 4 p.m. speech at the school’s McCullough Student Center, according to an email announcement released on Wednesday.
Alexandre Khan is a member of the American Enterprise Institute Club that invited Murray to speak. Khan introduced Murray as a critic of President Donald Trump’s policies and practices, but students shouted him down.
“But he’s still a racist,” a young woman called out.
Several groups in the audience stood as Murray began to speak. They turned their backs and spoke over him. Single voices merged into a call and response that included, “Who is the enemy? White supremacy,” and “Charles Murray go away. Racist. Sexist. Anti-gay.”
— Nicole H DeSmet (@NicoleHDeSmet) March 2, 2017
Political Power for European Americans!
European peoples should organize and advance our own interests just like every other group. Join our fight for Heritage and Identity!
The American Freedom Party needs your help! Send $10, $20, $50, $100, or any contribution you can via PayPal “Send Money” to email@example.com or click here:
The American Freedom Party (AFP) supports the right to keep and bear arms. Emancipate yourself from the dinosaur Democrat and Republican parties. Join a National Party that puts America first, The American Freedom Party!
Support American Freedom Party growth and our heritage of Western civilization! The American Freedom Party is the only party that addresses issues concerning European-American communities and all Americans.
Nationalism! Not Globalism! — America First! Not America Last!
Freedom from Republicans. Freedom from Democrats. American Freedom Party! Political Power for European-Americans!
European-Americans should push back! European-Americans should abandon the Republicans and Democrats. Change your party allegiance to the American Freedom Party. A Nationalist Party that shares the customs and heritage of the European American people. We need a Nationalist Party interested in defending our borders, preserving our language and promoting our culture. The American Freedom Party is not beholden to foreign governments, special interest groups, nor Wall Street. The American Freedom Party is for America First!