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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

 
Town Halls vs. Academia

Lori Byrd hits on something that's been on my mind:

Remember when conservative author and columnist Ann Coulter had two pies thrown at her during a speech at the University of Arizona to College Republicans? At least she was able to speak. There are many examples of conservatives being denied the right to speak at public universities by liberal protesters, in some cases due to violence or the threat of violence.

When former Colorado congressman Tom Tancredo tried to speak at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill on the issue of in-state tuition for illegal immigrants earlier this year, "Hundreds of protesters converged on Bingham Hall, shouting profanities and accusations of racism while Tancredo and the student who introduced him tried to speak. Minutes into the speech, a protester pounded a window of the classroom until the glass shattered, prompting Tancredo to flee and campus police to shut down the event."

This sort of thing has been going on for decades. I remember one story fron the 1980s. Adolfo Calero, leader of one of the Nicaraguan Contra groups, was speaking at one university when a student protester rushed the podium. I vaguely remember seeing a photo of the incident. I don't recall anyone rushing the speakers at the current town hall events.

I'd like to see someone collect more stories on university protests and do a compare-and-contrast with the town hall meetings.




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