Black Lives Matter protests American Civil Liberties Union

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October 2, 2017

11:30 PM

Sept. 27, Black Lives Matter protestors at the College of William and Mary interrupted “Students and the First Amendment,” a scheduled event co-sponsored by AMP and the American Civil Liberties Union.

First Amendment rights have dominated national conversation in recent months, with opposing sides debating the extent to which hate speech counts as free speech. Following the Aug. 11-12 Charlottesville protests, the ACLU voiced a decisive stance on the issue by defending white nationalists’ right to free speech. The move attracted widespread backlash from ACLU supporters and detractors alike, as well as the College’s BLM chapter, which responded by staging its Sept. 27 protest.

The ACLU discussion never occurred because protesters took over the stage within five minutes of Executive Director of the ACLU of Virginia Claire Guthrie Gastañaga’s entrance. Signs in hand, the protesters shouted chants such as “liberalism is white supremacy” and “the revolution will not uphold the constitution.”

Twenty minutes into the protest, AMP Director of Internal Affairs Hasini Bandara ’18 approached the group with a microphone and gave members an opportunity to read their prepared statement.

In the statement, BLM criticized the ACLU’s approach to white supremacy in regard to the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, suggesting that the organization provides an unnecessary platform for white supremacists.

“When is the free speech of the oppressed protected?” a BLM group representative asked. “We know from personal experience that rights granted to wealthy, white, cis, male, straight bodies do not trickle down to marginalized groups. We face greater barriers and consequences for speaking.”

“When is the free speech of the oppressed protected?” a BLM group representative asked. “We know from personal experience that rights granted to wealthy, white, cis, male, straight bodies do not trickle down to marginalized groups. We face greater barriers and consequences for speaking.”

After reading the statement aloud, the group’s representative took her place back in line, and the protesters continued to chant.

One student who attended the event, Laith Hashem ’19, was bothered by protesters’ refusal to engage in an open, two-sided discussion.

“I think they had every right to do what they did. I don’t agree with their method, [but] they’re completely entitled to their opinions,” Hashem said. “But the thing I disagreed with most was that every opportunity they had to have a discussion, both with the speaker and the audience, they responded by increasing their volume and shouting louder.”

Thirty minutes into the protest, the discussion was cancelled.

“It was a collective decision from people in the AMP leadership team and our advisers,” AMP director Miguel Dayan ’19 said. “It was clear that we [were] unable to continue with the event, and it was appropriate to cancel.”

After the cancellation was announced, remaining students clustered around Gastañaga, hoping to ask questions and voice concerns. These students dispersed, however, when the protesters began circling around them, drowning out Gastañaga and chanting with increased volume.

William & Mary has a powerful commitment to the free play of ideas. We have a campus where respectful dialogue, especially in disagreement, is encouraged so that we can listen and learn from views that differ from our own, so that we can freely express our own views, and so that debate can occur. Unfortunately, that type of exchange was unable to take place Wednesday night when an event to discuss a very important matter – the meaning of the First Amendment — could not be held as planned. 

The event, co-sponsored by William & Mary’s student-run programming organization Alma Mater Productions (AMP) and the ACLU, was entitled “Students and the First Amendment.” The anticipated conversation never occurred when protestors refused to allow Claire Guthrie Gastañaga, executive director of the ACLU of Virginia, to be heard. The protesters then drowned out students who gathered around Ms. Gastañaga seeking to ask her questions, hear her responses and voice their own concerns. 

Silencing certain voices in order to advance the cause of others is not acceptable in our community. This stifles debate and prevents those who’ve come to hear a speaker, our students in particular, from asking questions, often  hard questions, and from engaging in debate where the strength of ideas, not the power of shouting, is the currency. William & Mary must be a campus that welcomes difficult conversations, honest debate and civil dialogue. – Full statement provided by William and Mary College President Taylor Reveley

Hashem, who was one of the students hoping to speak to Gastañaga, said he was disturbed by the aggression he perceived, as it bordered on not just verbal assault, but physical intimidation.

“Silencing certain voices in order to advance the cause of others is not acceptable in our community,” College President Taylor Reveley said in a written statement. “This stifles debate and prevents those who’ve come to hear a speaker, our students in particular, from asking questions, often hard questions, and from engaging in debate where the strength of ideas, not the power of shouting, is the currency.”

Although the protesters identified themselves as merely “concerned students,” the College’s BLM chapter took credit on its Facebook page through a livestream of the event, as well as a written post stating, “Tonight, we shut down an event at William & Mary where Claire Gastañaga, executive director of the ACLU of Virginia, was speaking. In contrast to the ACLU, we want to reaffirm our position of zero tolerance for white supremacy no matter what form it decides to masquerade in.”

Students in attendance at the event were disappointed that the discussion could not take place as planned. Tyler Senio ’19 took issue with the protesters’ method but recognized their right to assemble.

“I do not believe that preventing discussion from happening is a viable pathway to get what you want,” Senio said. “I believe it is important for people to express themselves and stand up for the issues they believe in. However, once these expressions start to negatively affect others and prevent progress in the area they are protesting, that’s when the justification becomes questionable.”

Dayan did not expect the event to be protested but said, on behalf of AMP, that he was pleased to have a civically engaged campus.

“We are proud of be a part of a politically active community that voices their concerns and fights for their rights,” Dayan said. “However, we hoped for a two-sided dialogue so our students could learn about their rights and [have] the chance to question, critique and engage in conversation with the director herself.”

This event was planned five months prior, and according to Dayan, as of now there are no plans to reschedule.

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  1. Sharp
    October 4, 2017 at 5:26 AM

    Like imprisonment rates, bad outcomes from police interactions would be expected to correspond to violent crime commission rates of any race, age, gender cohort. So black males age 15-55 are 6% of the population and 23% of people shot by cops. But black makes age 15-55 also commit 52% of all US homicide, and 54% of gun homicide, 42% of all other violent felonies, and 43% of all murder of police officers. Per violent felony committed, white males are shot by police much often than black males are. Moreover US white males commit murder at about 1.2 times the developed democracy mean male commission rate for homicide. US black males commit murder at 10x that mean. If the BLM (and ACLU) narrative were correct, that commission rates of violent crime are irrelevant to statistics on shootings or killings by police, then the most widespread and profound criminal justice system injustice would be that males of all races are stopped by police more often, searched more often cited or arrested more often, charged at higher rates, prosecuted more often, convicted more often, imprisoned more often, get longer average prison terms more often, are executed more often, and yes are shot by police more often, than women. BLM is not just anti-free speech, it is a racist hate group, routinely expressing hate speech as well. It supporters, membership and indeed leadership has often made racist statements. That their disgusting hate speech is allowed on campus at all is the problem.

  2. Josh
    October 4, 2017 at 12:46 PM

    Thank you President Reveley for correctly responding to this behavior in his statement. We can only hope that his successor stands up to such tactics similarly instead of kowtowing to the demands of those that speak the loudest as has happened at other institutions.

    • Leatherneck
      October 4, 2017 at 7:29 PM

      He has not responded correctly yet. His statement is utterly empty if he doesn't back it with firm disciplinary action, and reschedules the "interrupted" event to ensure it is conducted properly.

      • JVW
        October 4, 2017 at 7:35 PM

        Yes, agreed. A wishy-washy statement without bothering to mention whether the students (and faculty, alumni, community members, etc.) involved will face disciplinary action can hardly be called "correctly responding." If anything, his statement should lead BLM activists to believe that this sort of behavior will be condoned in the future.

      • Mason's State
        October 4, 2017 at 10:30 PM

        I agree that rescheduling the event is absolutely crucial. If it isn't rescheduled, that just sends the message that, as long as you are able to totally shut an event down, you can stop whatever conversations you don't like on campus. However, I would not blame the ACLU at all if they refused. Maybe hold it off campus where security could just be called without making a scene for the College. The College is trying to protect itself by not getting students in trouble.

        • LindaF
          October 5, 2017 at 10:36 AM

          No, the College is trying to protect itself from vilification by Leftists. They are trying to appease the Leftist Monster, which will only be satisfied by removing their opposition entirely. Along with anyone not considered sufficiently supportive of the Leftists.

      • Johnathan Swift Jr.
        October 5, 2017 at 10:22 AM

        Another "on the other hand" bit of tosh from a feckless, foolish "administrator." Free speech is not guaranteed through silly statements but through action.

  3. roccolore
    October 4, 2017 at 2:04 PM

    BLM is a black supremacist group.

    • Handel T. Destinvil
      October 4, 2017 at 2:29 PM

      Oh ok

      • Cromulent
        October 4, 2017 at 3:24 PM

        Rocco speaks Truth to Power.

      • FlameCCT
        October 5, 2017 at 4:53 PM

        BLM may not have started as such however they have been coopted by Progressives and become nothing more than black supremacists. Same way that #Occupy was taken over and became a violent group.

        • Handel T. Destinvil
          October 5, 2017 at 5:04 PM

          Oh wow, had no idea. Cool

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  5. Karl
    October 4, 2017 at 3:24 PM

    Wretched, stupid thugs. They should have at least had the honesty to all wear black or brown shirts.

  6. gregpiper
    October 4, 2017 at 3:32 PM

    You have the wrong link in "protest" in this sentence - "Twenty minutes into the protest..."

  7. Dave Love
    October 4, 2017 at 3:37 PM

    How long before they start burning books?

    • Karl
      October 4, 2017 at 3:48 PM

      Campus agitators have been burning student newspapers they don't like for decades.

    • Rurik
      October 5, 2017 at 1:17 PM

      They already burn books and signs. I remember one person made replica of the free speech sign from the 60s protest and Berkeley and it was burned recently in the same space.

      • Ciampino
        October 5, 2017 at 3:15 PM

        What does a 1960s Free Speech sign look like?

        • Zornorph
          October 8, 2017 at 12:35 AM

          Probably has flowers and the peace sign on it.

  8. mogden
    October 4, 2017 at 3:38 PM

    The disruptors of this speech have demonstrated that they are unfit for university. They should all be expelled.

    • Mason's State
      October 4, 2017 at 3:49 PM

      I think this was inappropriate, but expulsion is too extreme. I think other students need to speak out against these actions, as I highly doubt most agree with it.

      • Dr. James Russel, PhD
        October 4, 2017 at 4:53 PM

        Expulsion is not extreme enough.

        • Johnathan Swift Jr.
          October 5, 2017 at 10:20 AM

          Yes, jail time is what fascists who occupy spaces that no not belong to them deserve. If someone would come to their domicile and prevent someone else from entering though their "occupation" of the space, they would clearly see that occupation as an act of violence and call the police and have them arrested. Blocking a stage, a venue or an auditorium stage is clearly an act of violence because the only way to remove them is through physical force. Arrest and prosecute the petty fascists and these "protests" will rapidly stop.

      • Ben Russell-Gough
        October 5, 2017 at 12:51 PM

        The problem is that others speaking out against them just makes these sorts of people feel validated. They are immune to discussion and regard others' opinions of their actions as part of their 'oppression'.

        • vicki
          October 5, 2017 at 4:14 PM

          They like being victims. :( They found they can control and oppress others.

  9. Mason's State
    October 4, 2017 at 3:48 PM

    Irony seems totally lost on these students.. Part of their statement reads "When is the free speech of the oppressed protected?" The answer to that is *literally as you were reading your statement out loud during a protest*. That is the definition of your free speech being protected. How do you not stop for a second and realize you are getting a platform because of your protest, and you are not being arrested or in any other way prohibited from making that statement, and therefore you are being given free speech?

    • Karl
      October 4, 2017 at 3:50 PM

      Thugs are not known for clarity of thought.

    • Snake Plissken, the Deplorable
      October 5, 2017 at 8:22 AM

      Free speech for the oppressed isn't their goal. Denying the speech of anyone with whom they disagree is the goal. They don't want a discussion. They want veto power.

      • vicki
        October 5, 2017 at 4:15 PM

        Their goal is the same as tyrants throughout history. Suppression of speech that THEY don't approve of.

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  11. Bill Poogh
    October 4, 2017 at 4:18 PM

    BLM has literally made me more racist than I was two years ago.

    • UR_FREINDLY_NEIGHBORHOOD_TROLL
      October 4, 2017 at 7:33 PM

      That's too bad - you should have channeled the anger resulting from observing the admittedly insane behavior of these uneducated lowlife totalitarian thugs into becoming more inclusive in your patriotism, realizing that MANY Black people are conservative, proud Americans, that they openly & unreservedly support the President against Democrat Party propaganda, and that they despair seeing these BLM morons tarnishing their People's reputation, black or white - or yellow or red - doesn't matter, all that matters is Red White and Blue,

      • Bill Poogh
        October 5, 2017 at 1:43 PM

        Yeah I should've but I'm a stupid white guy who is responsible for all of society's problems, so it just made me more racist.

        • UR_FREINDLY_NEIGHBORHOOD_TROLL
          October 6, 2017 at 3:28 AM

          Sad,

          • Johnathan Swift Jr.
            October 6, 2017 at 12:01 PM

            But that is the whole point of "Identity Politics," isn't it? To drive everyone into the safety of their own category, to pit everyone against everyone else. Is it any surprise that they are pushing the white majority into its own corner as they malign them with one blood libel after another?

      • Carl Eric Scott
        October 6, 2017 at 2:52 PM

        BTW: The photo reveals that most of the stage-occupiers were probably white.

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  13. UR_FREINDLY_NEIGHBORHOOD_TROLL
    October 4, 2017 at 7:23 PM

    BLM thugs shut down ACLU cucks saying "the revolution will not uphold the Constitution" and "liberalism is white supremacy"? LOL, gotta love when you libturds engage in internecine warfare, keep it up,

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  15. KingBob ✓
    October 4, 2017 at 9:28 PM

    lol.....love the cannibalism, alt-left fed and nurtured these terrorists

  16. Concerned Citizen
    October 4, 2017 at 9:51 PM

    I'm a graduate of W&M's law school, and it's a great university. I also agree with the purported rationale of Black Lives Matter. But the people representing BLM just don't know or maybe don't care that their tactics are regularly counter-productive. They're literally making it harder for their views to be considered because they keep making their conduct the issue, rather than the legitimate frustration with police mistreatment of Blacks (and other marginalized groups).

    • Mason's State
      October 4, 2017 at 10:33 PM

      This is exactly right. A lot of people who support BLM also like the ACLU, so all they've done is divide whatever coalition they had. That is an idiotic way to operate when you already only have support of a minority of the population.

      • Johnathan Swift Jr.
        October 5, 2017 at 10:35 AM

        Atomization is the whole point, dividing people in every smaller groups. That is why a statement was issued recently calling straight black men, "the white men f black people," because they are apparently "cis-gendered." This is of course the logical end result of all identity politics, the idea that people's ideas and views are determined by the color of their skin, their ethnic heritage or their religious affiliation. True diversity is the diversity of thought, which has more to do with your character than the color of your skin or the slant of your eyes. These modern fascists are opposed to Dr. King's vision, they are modern separatists, segregationists, the black suited mirror image of the Klu Klux Klan, which of course was the Democratic Party's first terrorist wing, designed to chill free speech and prevent Black Republicans and white Republicans from voting. These modern thugs are unable to present a cogent, coherent argument, to actually hold the floor in a debate. It is the shallowness of their bumper sticker views that require the fascist tactics.

        • Ciampino
          October 5, 2017 at 9:18 PM

          These people firmly believe that the KKK and Hitler's NAZI Party are/were right-wing, conservatives.

          • Johnathan Swift Jr.
            October 5, 2017 at 10:53 PM

            The Klan of course was closely aligned with the Democratic Party throughout its noxious history, clear through to the Civil Rights movement. When the Democrats finally decided to openly break with its racists, the Klan withered and became the small, flaccid group it is today. But the Klan was closely aligned with the Democrats and whatever polices they were fore, as long as they didn't go against the Klan on race. The 1924 Democratic Convention in New York City was called the "Klan Bake" because so many of them showed up in their bed sheets. And of course, Woodrow Wilson, father of modern progressivism was a stone cold racist who segregated the federal government. The Nazis of course came from the left, a massive, centralized, all-powerful state, central planning, rule by the trade unions, the state and the industrialists, but all controlled by the state. Quite unlike any form of modern conservatism and of course, it was National Socialism. The government did not own the means of production like International Socialism, but it controlled it. One would argue that the dream state that many on the left want now much more closely resembles fascism than true socialism.

    • Johnathan Swift Jr.
      October 5, 2017 at 10:27 AM

      What purported rationale? That what inner city blacks have to fear most is a fascistic police force that goes around shooting young black males at random? That "rationale?" If so, it is pure and utter tosh, unsupported by any evidence whatsoever, in fact all evidence is to the contrary.

    • Max Blancke
      October 5, 2017 at 1:36 PM

      Most of the protesters are kids. We need to focus our ire on those who have taught them that this sort of behavior is acceptable, and that they are the victims of constant oppression. It is pretty clear to most people that the actions BLM are taking are not in their own best interest. They serve other goals. Part of the Maoist tactic in Malaya and other places was to convince less educated people that their government is not serving their interests, and that they are being oppressed by class enemies. It does not need to be true. The BLM people I have talked to are actually under the impression that hundreds of unarmed Blacks are being shot down in the street by police every year. In 2016, there were 17 unarmed Black people shot by police. Several of those were people who attacked police while committing a crime or under the influence of drugs. Others were trying to run police down with cars. Only a handful can be considered questionable. But people are under the impression that those numbers are exponentially higher. Someone out there is teaching these kids that they are oppressed, and likely knows it is untrue. What is worse is that they have convinced them that they have a duty to fight those imaginary oppressors. That is when it gets dangerous.

    • Rockster
      October 6, 2017 at 12:44 PM

      I agreed with the BLM objective concerning police violence when the group first formed. But I no longer support BLM. If they want me to choose between BLM and the ACLU and my civil liberties, it is a done deal. I will choose the ACLU every time. In fact, I think I am going to join the ACLU today and give them a donation.

    • Bruce
      October 6, 2017 at 1:42 PM

      You have to IMAGE (seriously) YOURSELF as a black person. Walk in their shoes. IMAGINE the history of their families, and the ABUSE, TORTURE, MURDER, as well as the ordinary everyday insults and injuries FOR MULTIPLE GENERATIONS. You're saying you wouldn't be ANGRY about all that? If the BLM blow off some steam for a couple of years, then . . . . SO WHAT, they've got a lot of pent up stuff inside. Why don't you go to the Equal Justice Initiative and learn about lynchings in your area. Here in Rockingham Country virginia, they lynched Charlotte Harris b/c they thought she had paid a young black man (boy) to burn down someone's barn. After Charlotte was hanged, they tried the boy and found him INNOCENT. Imagine a background of COUNTLESS stories like this in your family, and then imagine going to a meeting where the ACLU is talking about "freedom of speech" for Hitler admirers. It's NOT ENOUGH to be an intellectual, you gotta open YOUR EMOTIONS to THEIR EXPERIENCES.

    • Bruce
      October 6, 2017 at 1:45 PM

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hPdh46k7b38

  17. wygrif
    October 4, 2017 at 10:19 PM

    Kid, the revolution will turn on all of its principles, kill a lot of people it was ostensibly protecting, and leave the existing power structure mostly intact. Like revolutions almost always do.

    • vicki
      October 5, 2017 at 6:03 PM

      This short video discusses the effect of revolution and who usually comes to power when it ends. https://youtu.be/N4r0VUybeXY?t=229 I have it cued up to the part but I recommend that you watch the entire ~10 min video.

  18. Rorvig
    October 5, 2017 at 1:21 AM

    https://personalliberty.com/left-lost-control-useful-idiots/

  19. Hansjurg
    October 5, 2017 at 4:28 AM

    Has anybody checked to see if Russian bots and trolls were riling them like they did with the Nazis and Klan? I think it would be prudent to check for that anytime there's a civil disturbance of any kind.

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  22. Man with Axe
    October 5, 2017 at 7:40 AM

    The reason that expulsion is necessary is that these students do not understand that they are, themselves, fascists. They are using physical intimidation to shut down their intellectual opponents. On top of that, they are also wrong philosophically. This country has not only a constitutional right of free speech but also a free speech culture. The primary reason to have a free speech culture is so that we can intelligently debate all issues, and resist the imposition of an orthodoxy. These fascistic students, who really need to study the Mao's cultural revolution, are attempting to impose exactly that kind of orthodoxy. Don't agree with us? Then shut up. There is no place for this is society, and of all places not at the university. They must go. If they don't this madness will continue. Adults: Take control of your institution.

    • Johnathan Swift Jr.
      October 5, 2017 at 10:39 AM

      Sadly since the 1960s, adults have become an endangered species on university and college campuses and now they are officially extinct. The whole aim of the modern college seems to be to create a form of human veal, to create perpetual adolescents.

  23. CJ C
    October 5, 2017 at 8:16 AM

    The speaker should have called the police right then to intervene. And/or, they should have already a sergeant of arms appointed to maintain order. Maybe several. Free speech is one thing, but there are also rules in place that grant a person or organization (in this case, the original speaker) their opportunity to speak as well. DOWN WITH BLACK LIVES MATTER - going about it the wrong way.

    • Johnathan Swift Jr.
      October 5, 2017 at 10:24 AM

      Indeed! Hear, hear!

    • vicki
      October 5, 2017 at 4:21 PM

      Freedom of speech does NOT guarantee and audience. The protesters should have been given a chance to peaceably assemble and ask hard questions just like the rest of the audience. Yelling and screaming over others is not peaceable assembly.

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  25. Marco Ramirez
    October 5, 2017 at 8:55 AM

    Ah, leftists eating their own. ACLU has fostered groups such as BLM, so it should be no surprise to ACLU when such groups get out of control and exhibit traits that are anything but American, Civil or Libertarian. BLM represents cultural Marxism and totalitarianism at its worst.

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  27. yourenotthebossofme
    October 5, 2017 at 9:02 AM

    Long time alumni donor. Tepid response by Taylor. Administration needs to come down hard and much louder in defense of all free speech as well as taking strong, visible action against any attempt by students, staff, or faculty who try to prevent it. If not, no more support for W&M, and good-bye to the Boyle Society.

    • Johnathan Swift Jr.
      October 5, 2017 at 10:37 AM

      Expel them, stick them with their loans and make them be gone. It is the foolish fecklessness of twinks like Taylor that have allowed these modern fascists to run riot across the country.

  28. Rurik
    October 5, 2017 at 9:03 AM

    This kind of behavior is beyond parody and then to quote a religious fanatics from a fictional show in good light is out of this world.

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  30. PCGOPExaminer
    October 5, 2017 at 9:39 AM

    Whether they like it or not, ALL have free speech, period.

    • Johnathan Swift Jr.
      October 5, 2017 at 10:36 AM

      No, no they don't. If you can't exercise your free speech, the 1st Amendment is dead.

  31. Johnathan Swift Jr.
    October 5, 2017 at 10:00 AM

    Students who prevent others from speaking should be expelled and find themselves with student loans to pay and no degree. This is the only solution to these fascist tactics. The left continues to tell us that these incidents are essentially no big deal, that because no one is killed in these "protests" and they only happen every few months, they are inconsequential. However, the idea is to make educators reluctant to even book a speaker or allow anyone to speak who is in the slightest opposition to whatever the views are of the most radical members of the new leftist establishment are this particular week. They have been incredibly successful as the feckless, faithless fools known as college and university administrators refuse to take action against the student and outsiders who practice these Brown Shirt tactics, only issuing silly statements in support of "free speech." On the grounds of the American university, in the classroom and in the auditorium, free speech is gone on the American university campus, supposedly the most liberal places in the United States. Anyone who would speak freely is afraid to do os, fearing assault in person and destruction on the social media. History tells us that liberals seldom stand firm against the real fascists, the useful idiots like these that make up the modern college left. They will speak of their love for free speech, but not lift a finger to stop this chill wind of fascism. Claims that Americans have a 1st Amendment and free speech are nonsensical if people are unable to exercise it.

  32. Ethan Hawley
    October 5, 2017 at 10:00 AM

    What an embarrassment to the College. Does W&M have no conduct code? Are students free to disrupt classes and events whenever they choose without any consequence? "Liberalism is white supremacy" ?!?!?! Someone lend these children a dictionary.

  33. Dale Walker
    October 5, 2017 at 10:09 AM

    Anyone notice how these gutter rats hid their face.

  34. Dude1394
    October 5, 2017 at 10:37 AM

    The university will reap the whirlwind. They should expel all of the BLM terrorists.

    • Johnathan Swift Jr.
      October 5, 2017 at 10:41 AM

      But President Twinkie won't do that, that would take some moral courage.

      • Dude1394
        October 5, 2017 at 2:56 PM

        Yea, I'm sure that if Hillary had been elected like you and the Hillary Clinton for President National Review wanted, she would be ripping them a new one. Dream on and grow up.

        • MichGC
          October 5, 2017 at 4:10 PM

          I think J. Swift was referring to President Reveley as "President Twinkie".

          • Dude1394
            October 5, 2017 at 5:13 PM

            Ah is this the pres of the school? Then... [Otto dangling Archie out of a window]Archie: All right, all right, I apologize.Otto: You're really sorry?Archie: I'm really really sorry. I apologize unreservedly.Otto: You take it back?Archie: I do. I offer a complete and utter retraction. The imputation was totally without basis in fact, and was in no way fair comment, and was motivated purely by malice, and I deeply regret any distress that my comments may have caused you or your family, and I hereby undertake not to repeat any such slander at any time in the future.Otto: [thinks a moment] Okay.my apologies kind sir. I most humbly apologise.

          • Johnathan Swift Jr.
            October 6, 2017 at 11:59 AM

            Yes, nothing to do with Presidential politics, at least in a direct way. The left has been attempting to shut down all opposition for a century now. Yesterday, Nancy Sinatra, a member of the rich and looney left called for the mass execution of all NRA members, "Who should be lined up against the all and shot." And people wonder why those on the right want their guns.

        • Johnathan Swift Jr.
          October 5, 2017 at 11:00 PM

          I wanted Hillary Clinton for President? You clearly don't know me, nor do I carry water for National Review.

  35. Hibernia86
    October 5, 2017 at 10:51 AM

    The group should have called campus security to have the protesters removed. The first amendment doesn't give you the right to yell over a private gathering. That's verbal harassment. I know having the security remove them might look bad, but I think most people would understand that gatherings are allowed to have codes of conduct.

  36. OldVirginian
    October 5, 2017 at 11:27 AM

    As an alumnus, I'm disgusted by this type of behavior. These students are among the most privileged in the nation. The entire "Black Lives Matter" movement is based on a false narrative of "Hands Up. Don't Shoot" out of the Ferguson, Missouri incident. That was a lie generated by those who have used it for political purposes. There is no reasoning with these students or with those of the greater BLM movement. They believe the lie. Millions of others believe them. The university must stand up to these students. Compromise will be met with more demands. More such disruptions should be met with severe disciplinary action including expulsion, if warranted. Strength is needed if the College of William & Mary is to be saved from going down the same rat hole as many others have gone.

    • ChupaMe
      October 5, 2017 at 2:09 PM

      We'll see what happens when the BofV announces the choice for Reveley's replacement. I'm not optimistic.

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  38. mark abrams
    October 5, 2017 at 11:50 AM

    They need to be expelled and prosecuted for trespass and disorderly conduct. The university administration needs to do more than spout platitudes

    • RichmondVaCane
      October 5, 2017 at 5:40 PM

      Chances that the admin will take any definitive action against this BLM group: 0.0

  39. drchemy
    October 5, 2017 at 12:26 PM

    This type of childish behavior only hurts BLM's cause. It's sad because I think there are some important issues that you raise that need to be heard, discussed and acted on.

    • Mason's State
      October 5, 2017 at 11:13 PM

      Exactly! It's not like there is no racial injustice in America, but now all anybody is talking about is how stupid this decision was.

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  43. Galaxy_Surfer_007
    October 5, 2017 at 2:44 PM

    It's truly bad that they blocked the ACLU director from speaking. They should have used the forum, especially the Q & A afterwards, to raise their concerns about the ACLU backing the free speech rights of White Nationalists. That's how a university should operate. Disrupting a speech by one of their closest allies -- the ACLU -- was a colossal error in judgment. BLM also blew it last year during the Democratic primaries -- they should have protested Hillary's rallies first and brought clear attention to her super-predators remarks and Bill Clinton's centrist, anti-social welfare, limited affirmative action policies. Instead, they disrupted Bernie Sanders's events -- he with a compelling civil rights record and pedigree longer than the activists have even been on the planet. However, the vitriol here, directed against these college students, labeling them as "thugs", calling for their expulsion, and demanding their forcible arrest is appalling, and even, in some cases, has racist overtones. What Black Lives Matter stands for is commendable -- decrying police violence and killings -- and calling for an end to the police occupations of urban areas. After all, investigative reports have shown how the police are trained to view residents as the "enemy" and have acquired all manner of military grade equipment and arsenals which they deploy against them. Federal investigations of urban police forces have repeatedly shown racist patterns in policing, excessive violence, and oppressive behavior antithetical to the norms of ensuring justice and worsening, not improving, community environments, Even Walking While Black is now just as much a problem as Driving While Black. BLM has every right to protest such actions, especially the excesses of police forces, and work for reforms. Let's not overlook their important message and the work that needs to be done!

    • Mason's State
      October 5, 2017 at 11:15 PM

      I wish more people would listen to those complaints about racial injustices in America. They certainly do exist. But now only two things are happening. 1. People are discussing how much they hate this censorship of the ACLU and 2. BLM has divided their support by opposing the ACLU this harshly. Many of their supporters also like the ACLU. Imagine how much more they could have accomplished if they had stood aside the event by the door so everybody would have had to walk past them to get in? Everybody would have seen/heard their message, and nobody would be able to say they are anti freedom of speech. Instead of talking about how they shut people down, we'd be talking about their message.

      • Johnathan Swift Jr.
        October 6, 2017 at 12:04 PM

        That's the whole point of identity politics, to atomize and destroy society, pitting one grievance group against another, establishing a hierarchic structure of the oppressed, which the Islamists sit atop right now.

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  45. Ciampino
    October 5, 2017 at 3:12 PM

    Why is there a BLM Chapter on campus, whatever that means? Sue them for obstruction. Meanwhile there is some irony to the ACLU getting some of its own medicine back.

  46. Samuel Adams
    October 5, 2017 at 3:25 PM

    One warning to leave. If they don't, forcibly remove. Resist? Apply a liberal hickory shampoo, arrest and expel.

  47. disqus_mbFhCHLFGM
    October 5, 2017 at 4:42 PM

    SO glad my son decided not to go here.

  48. FlameCCT
    October 5, 2017 at 4:50 PM

    I'll lay heavy odds that William & Mary do nothing to the so-called protesters.

  49. RichmondVaCane
    October 5, 2017 at 5:37 PM

    Let's be clear about this. The goal of BLM (and other groups like Antifa) is the total reorganization of our society. Liberalism in the classical sense, to the extent it exist today, is a serious impediment to their goals. They don't want speech, discussion, or debate. They simply want power.

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  51. xanderfletch
    October 5, 2017 at 8:02 PM

    “If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all.” -Noam Chomsky

  52. David Garland
    October 5, 2017 at 8:29 PM

    Interference with a consensual speech event is an illegitimate use of physical force by soundwaves as well as trespass by persons after they are asked to leave. They should be arrested and subject to civil suit for damages. Including punitives.

  53. Kevin Sanders
    October 5, 2017 at 8:53 PM

    “the revolution will not uphold the constitution.” They get no rights.

  54. Sergey
    October 5, 2017 at 9:58 PM

    Revolution won't respect the Constitution? I have an idea, neither right wing kooks nor left wing kooks want to talk to anyone, they just want to yell and intimidate. So why don't we allow them to fight each other in some organized "kook debate space", so we the sane people can live in peace?

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  56. Misanthrope
    October 5, 2017 at 10:52 PM

    I do so enjoy leftist cannibalism.

    • Johnathan Swift Jr.
      October 5, 2017 at 10:57 PM

      Well, perhaps until we see the real thing. In China, during the Cultural Revolution, they actually did eat "counter-revolutionaries" in some provinces. Some of my Chinese acquaintances actually witnessed these crimes against humanity. NYT: A Tale of Red Guards and Canibals: http://www.nytimes.com/1993/01/06/world/a-tale-of-red-guards-and-cannibals.html Flesh Banquets: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-3584278/Flesh-banquets-Chinas-Cultural-Revolution-remain-unspoken-50-years-on.html And of course to many of our friends on the left Mao is a hero and North Korea is a model state. No enemies on the left.

      • Misanthrope
        October 5, 2017 at 11:00 PM

        They'll get there eventually. They always do. It's their only redeeming feature.

        • Johnathan Swift Jr.
          October 6, 2017 at 12:02 PM

          Yes, and lots of tasty meals as part of their end game.

  57. ubik
    October 5, 2017 at 11:15 PM

    Shut up so I can exercise my First Amendment rights!

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  61. Dave The Sandman
    October 6, 2017 at 7:00 AM

    OK. Unless the college wants to follow Mizzou and Evergreen down the same rabbit hole to chaos and financial dire straits this is a suggestion: 1) Identify the students involved and hand out one year suspensions. On their return they are put on permanent probation - any more repeats of the same thuggery and they get expelled. 2) Rearrange the event and bill all costs to the campus BLM chapter. 3) At the rearranged event make sure there is a couple of security there. Nobody gets to come in with banners, and anyone disrupting the event is ejected and subjected to the provisions of (1) above. 4) Make it clear to the BLM chapter that if this happens again they are shut down and banned from campus. 5) Amend the student code of conduct to include a provision that anyone disrupting speaking events like this is subject to (1) above, and make sure that message reaches the student body. 6) Till all the above happens, student alumni donors and other donors suspend their support. Its that or a one way ticket to Evergreen Insanity Land. Your move mateys.

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  63. Satanic_Panic
    October 6, 2017 at 11:22 AM

    BLM is a hate group. This is not surprising.

  64. Carl Eric Scott
    October 6, 2017 at 1:59 PM

    Dear William and Mary students, faculty,and staff: Know that unless your leadership soon takes firm steps, after appropriate investigation, to punish any students involved in this "protest," punishment that at the very least promises expulsion for any repeat intimidation-of-free-speech infraction, that your school is going to get the reputation as the new Mizzou. Yours will become known as a Potemkin University, the value of students' degrees will diminish, donations will plummet, and big cuts to budgets will be considered by Virginia representatives. The first question posed to any W&M Professor who speaks anywhere will be: "did you step up when free speech was on the line?" Normally, those of us not in some way connected with a university like W&M, or not citizens of Virginia, would not concern ourselves much with a case like this. But this one is so shocking, and comes on the top of so many others, that you should not be surprised by the fierce reaction likely coming your way, unless your leaders act decisively, and soon.

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  68. airplane mike
    October 7, 2017 at 4:55 PM

    Wow, not a single African American on the stage. Shows just how lily white the college is. The only blacks are on the sports teams. Come on W & M, what about diversity?

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  73. federica
    November 21, 2017 at 12:04 PM

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