Prominent conservative political scientist Charles Murray was supposed to speak at Middlebury College in Vermont on Thursday. Unfortunately, his lecture had to be moved to another venue after violent liberal protesters shouted down and physically attacked him and a professor, Allison Stanger.
Murray is 74 years old; Stanger is approximately 57:
“One of the demonstrators pulled Prof. Stanger’s hair and twisted her neck,” Bill Burger, the college’s vice president of communications and marketing, told the Addison County Independent. “She was attended to at Porter Hospital later and (on Friday) is wearing a neck brace.”
Earlier, scores of protesters took over the lecture hall where Murray was supposed to speak. When Murray approached the podium, they stood up and turned their backs on him, drowning out his attempts to speak with chants, jeers, and a lengthy denunciation of his “hate speech.”
“We will not respect a discourse or debate about free speech,” the protestors recited from pre-prepared text. “These are not ideas that can be fairly debated.”
“Charles Murray, go away! Racist, sexist, anti-gay,” the protestors chanted later.
Some of the protestors held signs denouncing Murray’s supposed belief in eugenics. Others flipped Murray off with both hands.
Murray is one of the most influential minds of the last half century. His works on culture and social policy led to the 1996 welfare reform bill signed by President Bill Clinton. However, progressives have labeled him a “white nationalist” due to a brief section in his 1994 book The Bell Curve addressing the partially hereditary — and widely scientifically recognized — link between ethnicity and average IQ.
By the way, these violent leftist protesters are employing a tactic literally used by Hitler, having shock troops invade speeches by political opponents and shutting them down with beatings and riots.