Skip to comments.The Zoo in Morningside Heights (Columbia Minuteman protest)
Posted on 10/05/2006 8:00:16 AM PDT by Tirian
Last night the Columbia University College Republicans hosted what was to be a speech by Jim Gilchrist, the founder of the Minuteman Project. Within moments of Gilchrist taking the podium, however, the event was disrupted by left-wing students mounting a coordinated attack on the stage. Columbia Public Safety stood by and watched. In the YouTube video above, CTV's Natalie Yammine caught the riot on tape. My daughter was also on hand at the event for the New York Sun. Eliana reports:
Having wreaked havoc onstage, the students unrolled a banner that read, in both Arabic and English, "No one is ever illegal." As security guards closed the curtains and began escorting people from the auditorium, the students jumped from the stage, pumping their fists, chanting victoriously, "Si se pudo, si se pudo," Spanish for "Yes we could!"
The pandemonium that ensued as the evening's keynote speaker took the stage was merely the climax of protest that brewed all week. A number of campus groups, including the Chicano caucus, the African-American student organization, and the International Socialist organization, began planning their protests early this week when they heard that the Minutemen would be arriving on campus.
The student protesters, who attended the event clad in white as a sign of dissent, booed and shouted the speakers down throughout. They interrupted Mr. Stewart, who is African-American, when he referred to the Declaration of Independence's self-evident truth that "All men are created equal," calling him a racist, a sellout, and a black white supremacist.
A student's demand that Mr. Stewart speak in Spanish elicited thundering applause and brought the protesters to their feet. The protesters remained standing, turned their backs on Mr. Stewart for the remainder of his remarks, and drowned him out by chanting, "Wrap it up, wrap it up!" Mr. Stewart appeared unfazed by their behavior. He simply smiled and bellowed, "No wonder you don't know what you're talking about."
"These are racist individuals heading a project that terrorizes immigrants on the U.S.-Mexican border," Ryan Fukumori, a Columbia junior who took part in the protest, told The New York Sun. "They have no right to be able to speak here."
The student protesters "rush to vindicate themselves with monikers like liberal' and open-minded,' but their actions, their attempt to condemn the Minutemen without even hearing what they have to say, speak otherwise," the president of the Columbia College Republicans, Chris Kulawik, said. On campus, the Republicans' flyers advertising the event were defaced and torn down.
The Columbia Spectator has more here. Michelle Malkin has more here. Public discourse at Columbia is for now in the hands of intellectual savages. Does the university have the wherewithal to restore the conditions of freedom? It prominently advises students:
The Rules of University Conduct (Chapter XLI of the Statutes of the University) provide special disciplinary rules applicable to demonstrations, rallies, picketing, and the circulation of petitions. These rules are designed to protect the rights of free expression through peaceful demonstration while at the same time ensuring the proper functioning of the University and the protection of the rights of those who may be affected by such demonstrations.
The Rules of University Conduct are University wide and supersede all other rules of any school or division. Minor violations of the Rules of Conduct are referred to the normal disciplinary procedures of each school or division ("Dean's discipline"). A student who is charged with a serious violation of the Rules has the option of choosing Dean's discipline or a more formal hearing procedure provided in the Rules.
There appears to be no shortage of evidence on which to predicate disciplinary proceedings against any number of students caught on tape last night. Columbia is now presented with the opportunity of demonstrating who is in charge of the zoo. As they used to say, the whole world is watching.
Just to take the opposite viewpoint.
Columbia is the most liberal of the Ivies and this would not have happened at Hopkins, Princeton, Harvard, Yale.
The minutemen were smart to pick Columbia and the protestors were stupid to give the minutemen what they wanted, A NEWS STORY TO PUBLICIZE THEIR CAUSE.
Ah my alma mater does it again.
I love the part about the signs being unfurled in English and Arabic.
Ya gotta laugh.
Yes, the Arabic touch was a little weird. But that's Columbia...I lived a couple of blocks from the campus for many years, and the bizarre [radical leftist/radical animal lovers/radical GOP haters, etc.] meeting announcements and signs taped on the lampposts never failed to give me a good laugh.
Wada they gonna do in the Real World?
So, these Nazis not only believe we have no right to secure borders, but that we have no right to question that assumption?