Skip to comments.A Campus Conservative’s Year Facing Anger, Doxing and Intimidation
Posted on 09/17/2017 6:30:02 PM PDT by DeweyCA
It cost more than $600,000 for security so that Ben Shapiro could safely deliver a fairly conventional conservative speech at UC Berkeley on Thursday night. During the 2016 presidential campaign, Shapiro (an orthodox Jew and #NeverTrump conservative) was heavily targeted with anti-Semetic attacks by the alt-right. He was nevertheless greeted on the Berkeley campus by signs calling him a white supremacist.
This was just one more example of how the assault on free speech at Americas college campuses has become pervasive. Youve probably heard of last years high-profile incidents at Middlebury College, Evergreen State College, and (yes) U.C. Berkeley, but these examples are merely the ones that got national attention.
To get a better perspective on the problem, I reached out to Madison Faupel, who interned for my wife this summer. Instead of perspective, I got a first-hand testimonial.
Shes the president of the University of Minnesota's College Republican chapter. Her group sparked controversy last fall when it reserved space and painted a mural on the Washington Avenue Bridge to promote their student group.
Her group settled on three slogans: College Republicans, The Best Party on Campus, Trump Pence 2016, and Build the Wall.
Within an hour, the panels had been vandalized, and protesters had surrounded the panels. Some of the vandalism included the following statements: STOP WHITE SUPREMACY NOW and Hate Speech is not Free Speech.
The notion that Madison is a white supremacist is about as laughable as the notion that Ben Shapiro is one. In their insistence on tolerance, leftists are increasingly intolerant of anyone who may not like their choice of candidate or political ideas. The charge of "racism" is becoming an easy way to shut down robust political discussion.
Supporting a border wall might be politically incorrect, but it hardly qualifies as white supremacy or hate speech. Moreover, a border wall does not, in and of itself, denote anti-immigrant sentiment. One can be pro-immigrantand also believe that a nation must vigorously control its borders. Thats what Madison told me when I asked her why she included the provocative mural.
But frankly, I would be defending her groups right to post the slogan regardless. College is at least partly about encountering diverse ideas, and free speech is inherently about protecting unpopular speechespecially political speech. Regardless of how you feel about building a wall (I'm against the idea), the president ran (and won) advocating itand the House recently voted to fund it. This is not an idea wildly outside he political mainstream. In 2006, Democrats like Hillary Clinton supported a border fence. Like it or not, it's a legitimate policy debate.
As the protests grew, so did violent threats against the College Republicans and Madison, in particular. The group's members were scared for their safety on campus. Madison and the rest of the executive board didnt go out at night and tried to never be alone on campus. Many used campus security to walk home.
Rather than condemning vandalism and standing up for the First Amendment right of freedom of speech, many supposed adults in the administration instead lashed out at the College Republicans. Heather C. Lou, assistant director of the Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence, said that the panel included a xenophobic and racist statement and that the UMN bias incident team has been contacted.
Catherine Squires, communications professor and director of the Race, Indigeneity, Gender and Sexuality Studies Initiative, encouraged faculty members to get involved, especially faculty of colormany of us have been through these sorts of situations when we were students.
The College of Education and Human Development sent out a college-wide e-mail stating: The rhetoric and xenophobic messaging negatively impacts many of our Latino students, immigrants, and others who see this as an act of hate against non-whites.
University officials were essentially inciting anger toward a young, female student who pays tuition.
The University of Minnesota did call for a Campus Climate conversation about the recent controversial events, but this, too, devolved into chaos. About 15 minutes into the event, more than 200 protesters came into the room chanting, Hey hey, ho ho, racism has got to go, surrounding those students who had come to the event to engage in a civil conversation.
The protesters took over the stage as the student body president stood at the front of the room with her fist in the air, leading the chants. Students took turns lamenting how their feelings were hurt, how writing Build the Wall amounts to hate speech, and how they want to be included in conversations on campus. At the end of the event, one of the protesters stood on stage and asked the crowd if any College Republicans had attended. Madison stood up and raised her hand.
When the event ended, she was swarmed by the mob. They were completely surrounding me; I was unable to leave the event. They were screaming in my face calling me racist, xenophobic, and other unmentionable names. They were aggressive, and I just wanted to get out safely, said Madison. One girl was holding another girl back saying, Shes not worth it. Dont hit her.
Later in the year, the radical left struck her again. Madison runs the University of Minnesotas chapter of Turning Point USA, a nonpartisan group that promotes fiscal responsibility, free markets, and limited government. Members of the loosely organized far-left militant group Antifa targeted her for promoting capitalism on campus, posting online her address, phone number, parent's address, parents phone number, a photo of her, and a reference to her as an alt-right Nazi.
I endured a lot of violent threats throughout the year, but Antifas attack was the scariest, said Madison. When I was out in public I received messages that they were watching me, that they would continue to come after me until I stopped my leadership of bigotry and hate, and that they were on my ass. I was very scared to be home because they knew where I lived, but I was also scared to be in public because they claimed they were watching me.
What may be most amazing about Madisons story is that it is not so remarkable. It wasnt a national news story, or even much of a local onejust another example of conservatives engaging in free speech on college campuses doing so at their own peril.
This, as many campus administrations create environments that allow for the silencing of ideas that differ from their ideology. The result is that conservatives and their ideas are not safe on too many college campuseseven in Minnesota.
Particularly interesting because Daily Beast -—
while reporting on left-wing thuggery-— is pretty much on the Left themselves. So they’ve noticed, eh?
I’ve gotten death threats for making minor statements on Facebook pages that weren’t even very political, but which touched upon something slightly “politically incorrect” (like border enforcement).
They basically operate as unhinged subhumans, like Orcs from LOTR. They look human, but they don’t have any reasoning skills and are very abusive verbally.
Hence why I didn’t cry a tear for those ANTIFA folks run over in Charlottesville.
Anyway, what the hell is "doxing"?
If you really want a surprise, look around the internet and see what radical leftist Van Jones has to say about this lunacy on college campuses. If I had read his quotes and didn’t know who said it, I would have assumed it was a transcript from a Rush Limbaugh show.
Stupid author doesn't even know how to spell "anti-Semitic."
DOXXING.........You miss someone off..They find out EVERYTHING ABOUT YOU,YOUR KIDS,PARENTS ETC...Then they put it all over the internet...From then on,you will have no more privacy..Neither will Antony around you...
You piss someone off
Neither will anyone around you...spell check...
I like Shapiro. he takes it to the left and takes nothing from them.
“autocorrect” has an “off” switch.
Thank you. Social media is the scourge of the earth.
“doxing” means “documenting” you. They will find out all kinds of details about you, especially if you have done any “shady” stuff, and document it and then publicize it on the internet and any other appropriate means. This is done in order to make you shut up or do whatever other behavior they want from you.
Basically, it is blackmail. Keep quiet, or we will publish everything about you.
Same here. The leftist criminals have taken over higher education. I worked at another higher education dump, and exactly the same transition has happened over the last 20 years. The PC movement was started to stifle free speech and create an atmosphere of open hostility and intolerance for all things free, European, and normal.
was heavily targeted with anti-Semetic attacks by the
Stupid author doesn’t even know how to spell “anti-Semitic.”
I just had to...
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