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Evil on a Minneapolis Campus-Why 18-year old freshman was physically beaten for her political views
American Thinker | Frontpagemagazine ^ | November 17, 2008 | Gary Larson

Posted on 11/17/2008 5:26:53 AM PST by SJackson

Monday, November 17, 2008

Years ago youthful thugs murdered a young man for his high-priced sneakers. Decent, law-abiding folks wondered again What Is This Country Coming To? In another case, not long ago in Minneapolis, a youthful thug was murdered for his designer sports jersey. Evil happens, its very banality -- as political philosopher Hanna Arendt wrote in 1963, coining the phrase "the banality of evil" -- is taking on the mantle of practically normalizing once unthinkable events in a civilized American society.

On election night in Minneapolis, Minnesota, a blue state, comes a criminal horror story short of murder, but no less disturbing. It happened at Augsburg college, a private liberal arts school named after a place in Germany the reformer monk Martin Luther served in the 1500s.

After taunting 18-year old freshman Annie Grossmann for wearing her McCain-Palin campaign button at an election night get-together, and "getting in her face," four women beat her for political views which, obviously, they did not share. Grossmann took verbal abuse at the party, then left for her dorm after it was clear, about 10 p.m., that her candidates had lost. She was followed by the four women into the shadows of a nearby skyway.

There she was beaten. The four women, all black, called Grossmann a "racist." She knew none of them. Nor did they know her, to her knowledge. It was that damn campaign button that evidently caused their frenzy. Their earlier taunts proved that. They were, Grossmann said, "rubbing her face in Obama's win."

"Why do you call me a racist when you don't even know me?" she screamed. Made no difference. Grossmann was felled by the largest of the four. She hit her head on the brick wall, and staggered back to her dorm. The other three black women at the beating chucked at this dark manifestation of partisan evil. They walked away laughing, offering no help to their victim. The banality of evil had asserted itself. And at four-to-one, it was also a cowardly act of mindless violence which, presumably, the four thought "normal."

Right here, right here in these United States, it happened, in my home state. A cruel re-awakening to the excesses of partisanship, in this case mixed with racism. That it happened on a college campus is hardly surprising. Not today. Campuses ooze with crazed partisan intolerance, places mostly where left-wing academia hold forth, along with politically correct staff, inculcating students with staunch, impenetrable biases, often leading to violent confrontation.

(Not surprising at all, at another private "liberal arts" campus in Minnesota, a professor was recently dismissed for stealing McCain-Palin lawn signs and delighting in his crime online. Such is the hubris of the clueless left, maybe beyond redemption.)

Freshman Grossmann had been booed roundly at a freshman "mixer" when she identified herself (gasp!) as a Republican. She is from Delta Junction, Alaska, you see, where her mom is a Republican Party leader, a big fan of Gov. Palin. Annie considers her governor to be a role model, something the ardent left must deplore as part of their article-of-faith, damn-conservatives mind-set. Annie's mom, Dawn Grossmann, had sent her daughter a McCain-Palin sweatshirt. Just think: Imagine the consequences if she had worn that on campus, instead of just a McCain-Palin campaign pin.

Newspaper reports say the four attackers might not have been Augsburg students. Somehow that makes a difference. Well, to the college, perhaps, concerned with its image. But what were the four thugs doing hanging out at a campus election-night party taunting anyone disagreeing with their choice of Obama? Who stood up for Annie? For principle?

She is a member of the college's ladies' hockey team, a hockey player in her native Alaska. She was excused temporarily from practice after suffering a concussion and blurred vision from the attack. Thankfully her injuries are not thought permanent. Psychic scars will remain, though, along with a lesson in intolerance, at the clubbing hands of her hyena-like laughing attackers.

This is not the first time Grossman met political hostility in the land of Minnesota Nice. Even her bear-hunting in Alaska proved a sticking point. As reported by the Minneapolis Star Tribune, a story careful to label the attacks "according to the victim," we find these clarifying paragraphs:

Grossmann's parents, Bruce and Dawn, said that in the weeks leading up to the presidential election, Annie had trouble on campus because of her political leanings and for being a hunter.

Bruce Grossmann said a "PETA person" had to be removed from her dorm room because he was upset by a photo of her with a black bear she had shot. Also, he said, she attended an icebreaker on campus and was booed when she identified herself as a Republican.

"I don't think she was prepared for the close-mindedness," he said. "I told her she needs to take a lower profile [for the sake of] her academic and her sports careers."

Intolerance on modern college (and even high school and junior high) campuses is not new, it is plainly clear, in these supposed bastions of free inquiry. They've become politicized to the core. Free speech itself is imperiled by their codes. Professors rule. Conservatives are muzzled. It runs one-way on most campuses, fiercely anti-Republican and, in general if not more so, wildly against all conservatives. What happened to 18-year old Annie Grossmann was perhaps a double whammy, of racism and ideological hate. Either way, or both, it's reprehensible to its heart-of-darkness core, banality of evil to be deplored by all right-thinking Americans.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: brownshirtsforobama; crime; obamatransitionfile

1 posted on 11/17/2008 5:26:54 AM PST by SJackson
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To: SJackson

The answer to “Why,” in my opinion, is “because they knew they could get away with it.”


2 posted on 11/17/2008 5:31:24 AM PST by Tax-chick ("I thank Thee, dear Jesus, that Thy will and not mine has been done." ~St. Frances Cabrini)
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To: SJackson

The brownshirt, Obama Youth. Sieg Heil! I thought the Commies had taken over. I was wrong. The Nazis have arrived in Amerika!


3 posted on 11/17/2008 5:32:54 AM PST by FlingWingFlyer (I voted for McCain/Palin so I can look my grandchildren in the eyes when I tell them I'm sorry.)
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To: SJackson

..thanks for posting this....it will never make the MSM


4 posted on 11/17/2008 5:33:02 AM PST by STONEWALLS
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To: SJackson

...I’m wondering if the writer of this article is just now finding out all these things about the college scene today...


5 posted on 11/17/2008 5:35:15 AM PST by IrishBrigade
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To: SJackson

This is only going to get worse, be ready.
As with the homosexual issues going on around the country the police with not intervene, why is a good question.


6 posted on 11/17/2008 5:41:18 AM PST by svcw (Great selection of gift baskets: http://baskettastic.com/)
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To: IrishBrigade

The new terrorists, doing the work of bin Laden.


7 posted on 11/17/2008 5:42:24 AM PST by Raster Man
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To: SJackson
And at four-to-one, it was also a cowardly act of mindless violence which, presumably, the four thought "normal."

In certain regressive cultures, yes. Perfectly normal.

8 posted on 11/17/2008 5:46:21 AM PST by Skooz (Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us)
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To: SJackson

It’s because they can.

Conservative parents should investigate the political atmosphere of a college before paying some 5-figure # a year. Otherwise they’re risking a huge waste of money and possible peril to their young. All for what? Sheepskin.


9 posted on 11/17/2008 5:46:27 AM PST by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast (Stop feeding Leftist education systems. Don't let your kids go there.)
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To: SJackson

Those four thugettes are fine candidates for Obama’s “truth” squads or his National Security Force.


10 posted on 11/17/2008 5:46:36 AM PST by JimRed ("Hey, hey, Teddy K., how many girls did you drown today?" TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: 668 - Neighbor of the Beast

The “approved” education is the “number of the beast” without which you will not be allowed to earn a living nor conduct trade.

It’s just starting, yes, but it doesn’t take much extrapolation to get to my conclusion.

One example is the California state colleges refusing to admit high school science creds if Creationism was taught in the text books.


11 posted on 11/17/2008 5:52:02 AM PST by MrB (The 0bamanation: Marxism, Infanticide, Appeasement, Depression, Thuggery, and Censorship)
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To: IrishBrigade
...I’m wondering if the writer of this article is just now finding out all these things about the college scene today...

No, leftist intimidation on campus, by student groups and professors, is one of Frontpagemag's most frequent topics.

12 posted on 11/17/2008 5:57:43 AM PST by SJackson (http://www.jewish-history.com/emporium/)
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To: SJackson

The dims have created, fostered and promoted hate and division for anything they don’t believe in or want. This is just one result. It will get worse from now on.


13 posted on 11/17/2008 5:57:53 AM PST by YellowRoseofTx (Evil is not the opposite of God; it's the absence of God)
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To: MrB

No country can afford to exclude productive individuals from the business sector. This country won’t even try. And I say that as a devout pessimist.
There are still innumerable ways to thrive, even in a bad economy, even without a college degree.


14 posted on 11/17/2008 6:04:30 AM PST by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast (Stop feeding Leftist education systems. Don't let your kids go there.)
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To: SJackson

She was white, so she deserved a beating. That seems to be the prevailing opinion regarding interracial interactions these days, especially on campuses. I think she should google the name Bernard Goetz.


15 posted on 11/17/2008 6:05:57 AM PST by Hacklehead (Crush the liberals, see them driven before you, and hear the lamentations of the hippies.)
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To: SJackson

“...when in a war, foreign or intestine, the enemies get a final victory, so as, the forces of the Commonwealth keeping the field no longer, there is no further protection of subjects in their loyalty, then is the Commonwealth dissolved, and every man at liberty to protect himself by such courses as his own discretion shall suggest unto him.”

Thomas Hobbes - Leviathan, 1651


16 posted on 11/17/2008 6:07:20 AM PST by Sir Francis Dashwood (LET'S ROLL!)
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To: Tax-chick

These college women may think that Obama is going to guarantee them jobs but reality has a way of sticking its nose into things when you leave the campus. Some day the victim may be the hiring manager at some company.

Also another point in favor or concealed carry on campus?


17 posted on 11/17/2008 6:13:04 AM PST by dblshot
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To: SJackson

I can’t wait to see the rallies they will hold to support Ms. Grossmann.


18 posted on 11/17/2008 6:15:35 AM PST by raybbr (You think it's bad now - wait till the anchor babies start to vote!)
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To: SJackson

How dare she express her personal political beliefs? Why these aren’t criminals, just misunderstood liberal youth. Society and Twinkies have combined to ruin their productive lives. Can any one of us say we wouldn’t have done the same thing! How dare we judge these youth!!


19 posted on 11/17/2008 6:20:27 AM PST by Doc Savage ("Are you saying Jesus can't hit a curve ball? - Harris to Cerrano - Major League)
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To: IrishBrigade
...I’m wondering if the writer of this article is just now finding out all these things about the college scene today...

Heck, I put up with discrimination for being conservative 20 years ago at college. Nothing new here. Fortunately, I'm 6'3" and 220, when in fighting trim. And I was in fighting trim when at school. Any attempted beat-downs would have been short and ugly.

Not sure what would have happened if I was a lot smaller. I probably would have kept my opinions to myself. Either that, or would have figured out a way to get a CCW permit.....

20 posted on 11/17/2008 6:21:15 AM PST by wbill
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To: FlingWingFlyer

“Their credo is “It’s not fascism when we do it!”


21 posted on 11/17/2008 6:24:28 AM PST by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: SJackson

I don’t want to sound like an alarmist but I’m glad I have my lifetime CCW.


22 posted on 11/17/2008 6:24:44 AM PST by Rappini ("Pro deo et Patria.)
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To: dblshot
Also another point in favor of concealed carry on campus?

Absolutely.

It would be nice if the trash ended up with criminal records to follow them the rest of their lives, but it seems improbable.

23 posted on 11/17/2008 6:26:48 AM PST by Tax-chick ("I thank Thee, dear Jesus, that Thy will and not mine has been done." ~St. Frances Cabrini)
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To: Rappini

Any tax guys on here that could tell us if there is any particular up/down on charging off your CCW expenses on your home business?


24 posted on 11/17/2008 6:27:05 AM PST by MrB (The 0bamanation: Marxism, Infanticide, Appeasement, Depression, Thuggery, and Censorship)
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To: SJackson

Yes, the liberals KNEW they WOULD get away with it.

But the liberals are so “open-minded” and “peaceful” ...

How do we contact the victim, let her know that WE - outside of her tolerant, liberal classmates in the real world - do care and respect her views?


25 posted on 11/17/2008 6:28:52 AM PST by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but socialists' ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: MrB

You bought a “tool” for your business, paid a tax, paid a license fee, didn’t you?


26 posted on 11/17/2008 6:30:01 AM PST by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but socialists' ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: MrB

Good question.


27 posted on 11/17/2008 6:40:29 AM PST by Rappini ("Pro deo et Patria.)
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To: SJackson

There are many hungry lawyers in the Twin Cities ...had that been my daughter I would be suing Augsburg College for allowing hate crime on campus and filing a civil rights and hate crime suit against the perpetrators. Imagine how this would have played if the student attacked would have been Black?


28 posted on 11/17/2008 6:44:49 AM PST by The Great RJ ("Mir we bleiwen wat mir sin" or "We want to remain what we are." ..Luxembourg motto)
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And according to the “Public Safety” office (link > http://web.augsburg.edu/~Pack/CrimeLogs/2008-11-CrimeLog.pdf )

Seems the student was only punched.


30 posted on 11/17/2008 6:57:19 AM PST by Jaymes
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To: Captain_Guts

there’d be a lynching.

There is a misconception that lynching was only perpertrated on blacks in our history.

Far many more whites were lynched in our country during our growth and expansion. Lynching often occurred where there was no viable legal system. I wonder if you are again coming to that place.


31 posted on 11/17/2008 7:00:45 AM PST by Chickensoup (we owe HUSSEIN & Democrats the exact kind respect & loyalty that they showed us, Bush & Reagan)
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To: SJackson

This story just makes me shudder. I am so, so thankful my daughter decided to attend a very conservative college.

Stories like this just go to show that “tolerance” is an enormous lie.


32 posted on 11/17/2008 7:00:46 AM PST by Darnright (A penny saved is a government oversight)
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To: 668 - Neighbor of the Beast
I agree. If you have a kid going through the college admissions process, you should interview them. Besides questions about academics, ask about the political atmosphere. Explain that your kid is a white, Christian, heterosexual, pro-life conservative.

Ask them how safe will he be physically. Ask how he will be perceived by the professors and other students. Will his views be respected? Will his grades be affected? Will the administration stand up for his rights? Then get it in writing.

If enough people started asking politically pointed questions, maybe they would get the point. Remember a college is selling a product. Become an informed consumer and let them know there are other places willing to take your money.

33 posted on 11/17/2008 7:12:07 AM PST by Betty Jane
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To: wbill

Amen.
My 6’4” Log Cabin Republican son sees the discrimination every day at his high school. Fortunately, he is strongly politically aware, extremely conservative (against gay marriage because marriage is for procreation), and has been taught by his FReep parents how to argue correctly. Recently voted “most intimidating” in his senior class superlatives. He’s chosen a small college (smaller than his high school) with no whiff of political agenda - amazing but true.


34 posted on 11/17/2008 7:50:33 AM PST by CT Little Tiger (Even when I was young and stupid I voted smart - aka - Republican ( Palin/Jindal 2012))
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To: SJackson

Leftists are the most deranged, angry people I have ever known. And I have known quite a few. How sick.


35 posted on 11/17/2008 1:40:46 PM PST by vpintheak (Like a muddied spring or a polluted well is a righteous man who gives way to the wicked. Prov. 25:26)
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To: SJackson
"What happened to 18-year old Annie Grossmann was perhaps a double whammy, of racism and ideological hate."

Thanks and kudos to the author for not calling it "reverse" racism.

36 posted on 11/17/2008 10:54:31 PM PST by oprahstheantichrist (The MSM is a demonic stronghold, PLEASE pray accordingly. 2 Cor. 10:3-5)
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