Iconic conservative writer Charles Murray was invited to Middlebury College in Vermont on Thursday to speak about his 2012 best selling book Coming Apart: The State of White America. However, left-wing students refused to allow his voice be heard.
Hundreds of students gathered in the auditorium and shouted Murray down from the second he tried to speak, chanting usual liberal slogans like: “racist, sexist, anti-gay, Charles Murray, go away;” “Your message is hatred. We cannot tolerate it;” “Who is the enemy? White supremacy.”
After a couple of minutes of professors and administrators trying to quell the crowd, administrators invited Murray into a private room where he delivered his remarks via live stream, reported Inside Higher Ed.
As the speaker attempted to leave the campus with a professor after the live stream, student protestors surrounded and attacked his car. They jumped on the hood, hit windows, and tried to prevent it from leaving campus. Murray said the whole incident was incredibly scary.
Report from the front: The Middlebury administration was exemplary. The students were seriously scary.— Charles Murray (@charlesmurray) March 3, 2017
"Mealy-mouthed" was invented to describe this story. It was an out of control mob that physically assaulted a speaker and a professor.— Charles Murray (@charlesmurray) March 3, 2017
Unlike so many other campuses, administrators condemned that actions of the student protestors who shut down the speech and tried to physically assault Murray.
“We’re deeply disappointed that Charles Murray was not permitted to give his talk in the way it was intended,” Middlebury officials said in a statement. “A large group of students took it upon themselves to disrupt the event, which forced us to move Mr. Murray and Professor Allison Stanger, the moderator of the Q&A, to another location. Thanks to some advance planning, we were able to live stream Mr. Murray’s talk and his conversation with Professor Stanger. We will make a recording of that available as soon as possible so the members of our community who came to the event wanting to hear Mr. Murray will be able to do so.”
Watch the protest at the 20 minute mark: