Faceless, nameless, leaderless, these are some of the qualities that typically come to mind when discussing Antifa. But the vigilante men in black have documented supporters in academia.
Stanford professor David Palumbo-Liu and Purdue professor Bill Mullen started the Campus Antifascist Network to “stem the rise of fascism, whether proudly displayed in hateful exclusionary slogans and posters, or disguised as ‘free speech.'”
The Campus Antifascist Network lists endorsements from around 30 organizations and 50 individuals. If you scroll down, you’ll see a law professor, a few sociology professors, and several English professors. But disciplines such as science, technology, engineering, and math do not seem to be represented.
There are some pretty famous — or infamous — scholars on the list. There’s George Ciccariello-Maher, the “white genocide” Drexel University professor who said the Las Vegas massacre is what happens when white people don’t get what they want.
There’s Sujata Moori, the Middlebury College professor who teaches Playing Dead: Feminist Readings Of Crime Drama, a very useful class definitely worth your tuition money to learn how to apply “a feminist lens” to “explore the grammar of this genre in terms of race, class, gender, and sexuality.”
There’s also Johnny E. Williams, the Trinity College professor who called white people “inhuman a**holes” and said “let them f***ing die.” Williams shared an article describing how “a lesbian black woman helped take down the man who shot Steve Scalise.” The article suggests that purported “victims of bigotry” should not help defend alleged “oppressors.”
Palumbo-Liu, one of the professors who founded Campus Antifascist Network, frames his vision for the group as one of “defense in various forms of those who are being threatened by fascists,” but who is a fascist and what constitutes a threat? It’s precisely this nebulous language that allows Antifa to justify responding to“hate speech” or some kind of “verbal violence” with actual, physical violence.
Students Try To Ban Ben Shapiro
Students at the University of British Columbia are trying to get conservative author Ben Shapiro banned from campus, according to The Ubyssey.
Fifth-year UBC arts student Reid Marcus wants the school to cancel the event, saying “Shapiro is neither a scholar nor an activist.” Ahhh so because Ben isn’t involved in either the production or distribution of BS indoctrination, his opinion is invalid. I see. Marcus cited Shapiro’s views on Islam, by which he probably means his refutation of what he calls the “myth of the tiny radical Muslim minority.” He also cites Ben’s views on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and gender identity.
Angelo tells me his club has hosted Jordan Peterson 5 times with no protesters. “Yet the moment we invite a pro-Israel speaker like Ben Shapiro, it’s chaos. Jewish students feel completely silenced by the campus culture and this campaign to shut down the event is proof of this. The opposition is comprised [of] SJWs who hate any opinion that isn’t their own, and raging anti-Semites who openly talk about violence towards Israeli Jews.”
Marcus doesn’t even want to engage with Shapiro in what he called “performative debate,” where he gets to ask a question and Ben gets to respond. Marcus said “I think that the debate is over. We, as a civilization, have kind of decided that you shouldn’t go around dehumanizing people.”
Ten students sent UBC letters trying to get Shapiro banned. The school has sent each of them statements defending UBC’s commitment to free speech, but who’s to say that as the event draws closer and Antifa groups begin mobilizing, they won’t change their minds? Who’s to say they won’t suddenly slam the group sponsoring Shapiro with an insanely high “security fee”? Only time will tell.
University Busted For Over $100,000 In Free Speech Lawsuit
The University of Washington’s College Republicans chapter sued the school after UW tried to charge the group $17,000 in security fees for the rally, according to The Seattle Times. And now, the school has to pay $122,500 to two law firms that defended the students, as well as strike down the policy it used to charge security fees.
The conservative students’ argument was pretty straightforward: the security fees violated their free speech rights. They had backup from UW’s own law school: 23 professors there asked the university to settle the case.
This is one occasion you’ll hear me agreeing with professors. Security fees are discriminatory because they’re based on how likely a speaker is to attract political violence and as we all know, one side of the political aisle is a LITTLE bit more inclined to use political violence. This is largely why when Lewis Farrakhan, who called Hitler a “very great man,” came to UC Berkeley, the school charged a security fee of $1,900, but when Ben Shapiro visited, the school charged the Berkeley College Republicans over $15,000.
And it was no different with UW. Patriot Prayer leader Joey Gibson has been assaulted at rallies in the past and has received death threats, facts the school mentioned when justifying its $17,000 security fee. Fortunately, a US district court judge stepped in with a restraining order, letting the College Republicans carry on with their event.
Now, I do take exception to one part of the settlement, this weird caveat which allows UW to create “constitutionally permissible security fees.” We’ll have to find out what those look like, but one thing’s for sure: STUDENTS shouldn’t have to shoulder the cost for other people’s inability to counter speech with more speech instead of fists, pepper spray, and bike locks…but who should foot the bill?
Muslim Prof Told Students To Praise Allah, Take Off Shoes
University of Connecticut professor Felix Coe required students to take off their shoes and say “Bismillah,” — which means “in the name of Allah” — before coming into his office, reported Fox News.
Yeah, I don’t know how that would fly if it was a Christian professor. Maybe Felix should’ve paid attention when reading the paperwork for his position at the University of Connecticut. Not that it really matters now; the school said that the professor has retired since the filming of the video. A spokeswoman said “the sign that had directed guests to precede their conversations with a specific Arabic phrase was immediately removed at the university’s direction. UConn promptly resolved the issue in a manner that respects the rights of all involved, and affirms the university’s values of civility and inclusivity.”
Yes! FINALLY a college that doesn’t completely bastardize the concept of inclusivity. Inclusivity IS supposed to mean that I can go to this guy’s office hours and have a conversation about ethnobotany, which is what he apparently taught, without having it “in the name of Allah.”
As for the taking off shoes part: I’m kind of like Jordan Peterson with the gender pronouns. I’d do it if I believed the person asking me were doing so out of civility or to keep a clean house in this case, but if I thought for even a second that they meant to compel me to do it in a public space, whether through the force of the state or their god, it’s a no.
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