Middlebury Professor Assaulted, Injured While Escorting Conservative Speaker

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In the latest literal assault on free speech at an allegedly tolerant educational institution, a Middlebury College professor was injured by protesters on Thursday evening as she was escorting a controversial speaker from campus. She was treated at Porter Hospital and released, the Addison County Independent reported.

The night's event unfolded in two parts.

At first, Middlebury students forced conservative American Enterprise Institute scholar Charles Murray -  a political scientist who has been criticized for his views on race and intelligence - to stop his address before a campus audience Thursday night.

Charles Murray looking at an audience of students who had turned their backs on him

Murray was invited to speak on campus by a student group, and was set to talk about his 2012 book, “Coming Apart,” and how its analysis of the white-working class explains politics in the age of President Donald Trump. But most of the controversy over the scholar’s appearance at the Vermont-based school related to his 1994 book, “The Bell Curve,” which connected genetics with socioeconomic outcomes and has long been criticized by the Left as “racist.”  The Southern Poverty Law Center has called Murray a “white nationalist” who has used “racist pseudoscience.”

According to the Burlington Free-Press, and as seen on the video below, student protesters in the audience refused to give Murray a chance to speak as they turned their backs to him, and chanted and shouted for several minutes before faculty members moved the scheduled speaker to a private room to deliver his address via livestream video without a live audience.

Despite attempts by faculty and more tolerant students to restore normalcy, the protesters refused to compromise. “We need to foster a climate where we can listen and respect differences,” Middlebury’s dean of students Baishakhi Taylor said in an attempt to calm down the student protesters, according to the Burlington Free Press. “We don’t have to agree with everything. How do we engage in civil discourse?”

Not even appeals to the anti-Trump sentiment would sway the crowd: Alexander Khan, a leader of the American Enterprise Institute Club which invited Murray to speak, tried to appeal to the crowd by citing the scholar’s criticism of Trump. Demonstrators jeered that that doesn’t matter because Murray is “still a racist.”

However, it was what happened next that was more troubling.

As noted above, after the initial chaos, college officials led Murray to another location and a closed circuit broadcast showed him being interviewed by Stanger, the Russell J. Leng ’60 Professor of International Politics and Economics. As Stanger, Murray and a college administrator left McCullough Student Center last evening following the event, they were “physically and violently confronted by a group of protestors,” according to Bill Burger, the college’s vice president for communications and marketing.

Burger said college public safety officers managed to get Stanger and Murray into the administrator’s car.

“The protestors then violently set upon the car, rocking it, pounding on it, jumping on and try to prevent it from leaving campus,” he said. “At one point a large traffic sign was thrown in front of the car. Public Safety officers were able, finally, to clear the way to allow the vehicle to leave campus."

“During this confrontation outside McCullough, one of the demonstrators pulled Prof. Stanger’s hair and twisted her neck,” Burger continued. “She was attended to at Porter Hospital later and (on Friday) is wearing a neck brace.”

Murray, who apparently was unhurt in the incident, is best known for his 1994 book, “The Bell Curve,” for which he was criticized for an assertion that people of different races have different economic outcomes because of their inherent difference in intelligence.

The incident was so shocking it prompted even well-known neocon Bill Kristol to tweet:

"What happened at Middlebury to Charles Murray threatens not just campus free speech, but free speech--indeed freedom in America--generally."

He then said: "I may have missed them, but in light of Middlebury where are the statements by college presidents, scholars & writers defending free speech?"

In this particular case, Kristol is actually right, and one wonders if the tables were reversed and if a liberal speaker had been abused in similar fashion at one of America's top liberal colleges, just what would the media's reaction - which has largely ignored this incident - have been.

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vato poco's picture

FUCK YOU bill kristol. where is your beloved deep state now?

ACP's picture

In other news, the Clintons offed the former President of Haiti after he spoke out against them:


Pinto Currency's picture

Stanford Provost has it:


"But I’m actually more worried about the threat from within. Over the years, I have watched a growing intolerance at universities in this country – not intolerance along racial or ethnic or gender lines – there, we have made laudable progress. Rather, a kind of intellectual intolerance, a political one-sidedness, that is the antithesis of what universities should stand for. It manifests itself in many ways: in the intellectual monocultures that have taken over certain disciplines; in the demands to disinvite speakers and outlaw groups whose views we find offensive; in constant calls for the university itself to take political stands. We decry certain news outlets as echo chambers, while we fail to notice the echo chamber we’ve built around ourselves."

SomethingSomethingDarkSide's picture

Get in the car, Kristol, you pussy, we're Making America Great Again

localsavage's picture

Murray's writings use logic to blow apart the falacies of liberalism.  Of course he is hated amongst the knuckle draggers of the left.

Adullam's picture

@xythras - go spam somewhere else. Your site isn't worth the aggravation.

jcbudmo's picture

I second that. Come on ZH get rid of this a$$hole.

The_Juggernaut's picture

Let me guess, no arrests?

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Middlebury Professor Assaulted, Injured While Escorting Factual Speaker

Fixed it for ya.

LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD's picture
LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD (not verified) localsavage Mar 3, 2017 7:30 PM

Facts are RAYCIS.

Dame Ednas Possum's picture

Ha ha... yeah. 

Someone explains the scientific basis for the snowflakes' 'white privilege' concept and rather than listen and learn... they choose wilful ignorance instead. 

Interestinly, Murray's work (with Hernstein) in 'Bell Curve' also argued for reducing immigration into the U.S. which was argued to lower the average national IQ. It also recommended against policies of affirmative action

It seems from the on-campus actions of these ignorant dicks that Murray's concerns are clearly well justified. 


As and aside... where was the outrage from these imbeciles when countless foreign civilians were being droned by their elected leaders over 16 of the past 24 years I.e. Dems in office? 

They're only concetn d now because the endless stream of 'free-shit' and their Lego and puppy play therapy sessions are coming to en end. 

legalize's picture

Does anyone even pay attention to Bill "Never Trump" Kristol anymore?  This guy has been out of touch for at least a decade.

mary mary's picture

Is he "out of touch" when he makes his yearly pilgrimage to Bangkok?

mary mary's picture

Maybe McKibben can get some of that Obama-Soros Foundation Inc. money. 

Maybe McKibben can get a lot of that Obama-Soros Foundation Inc. money.

mary mary's picture

Thanks again.  What was the quote?  "Everything starts out as a noble cause, becomes a bureaucracy, and ends up a racket".  We miss you, Greenpeace that once was noble and courageous.

Yog Soggoth's picture

Well, I already knew they were full of it, but I did enjoy the kill the gay baby whales for jesus comment. I know one of the founders of peta (Berkely educated), and he said the same thing in that it got out of control and far from it's roots. It was not long before he left his own group.

Lumberjack's picture

Holee Fuck... Look at the downvotes! Wait till they find out what I know!!!!!! and so will everyone else!!!!! Stay the fuck tuned. 


The snowflakes are melting, the tide's are coming in...


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LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD (not verified) Lumberjack Mar 3, 2017 7:34 PM

"Now Greenpeace has knowingly made itself the sworn enemy of all life on Earth. By opposing capitalism, it stands against the one system of economics that has been most successful in regulating and restoring the environment." - Dr. Patrick Moore


He knows his shit when it comes to this...

Handful of Dust's picture

Sue them. If they caught the thugs civil suit them if the DA is too lazy to do his work

Sue the university for failure to provide adequate security.

It's the only thing these thug Libtards understand short of defending yoruself with violence.

Several lawyers I talked to said they would be glad to take these cases on contingency fee basis since they feel the chances of winning are excellent. Same with the defamation suits. Go for the organizers since they have the "deep pockets."

Bigly's picture

Middlebury is hideous and 99% of students and faculty are full retard commies 

bh2's picture

Going for the organizers is exactly how Sessions brought the Klan to heel when he was Alabama AG. And if Soros had any involvement, name him, too.

scoutshonor's picture

Hey here's a thought--given the zero tolerance for hate speech on campus--where does the administration come down on physical assault?  Ya know, as opposed to the auditory variety.

Alananda's picture

When Stanford U. ejects, expels, and otherwise repels similar minded folks on campus, then I shall celebrate that man's words.

Joe Sichs Pach's picture


Bullshit. Rioters, antagonists, provocateurs. That them as such.

mary mary's picture

Hooligans.  Gangsters.  Packs of bullies.

jcbudmo's picture

You compliment them, they don't have enough grey matter to be any of those.

They are PC-BOTS: speak certain words and they react - programed as they are. 

scraping_by's picture

The laudable progress the Stanford Provost is all giddy about is nothing more than white knowledge workers parroting Black radical rhetoric from the 60's. Whether they are lost in the weaponized history of the Black Studies bunch, or enjoy radical chic because it's so dramatic, they're mostly defining themselves in opposition to a mainstream they don't understand and a system far different their explanations.

Which would be okay if they just were loud and obnoxious, but when they start screwing up real world things like people's education or worse, start getting physical, the young adults they lead are going to end up with the cost and a bad feeling about them and everything that they stand for.

forestwind's picture

It would be good to find out how many of the students had read, let alone studied, the "offensive" book which is as old as they are.  There could have been a really good Q&A debate with the speaker. I dream. The students are but products of their illiterate, brain dead, drugged out, barbarian, warrior thug culture. They are just another example of what contemporary America has to offer our world.

chubbar's picture

Let's hope this legislation catches on around the country!


"A growing number of state legislatures are working on measures to prohibit public colleges and universities from stifling free speech on campus.

 In response to a college trend of enacting harsh speech codes and limiting activities protected under the 1st Amendment to designated “free speech zones” on campuses, state lawmakers throughout the country are pushing back to protect students.

Wisconsin, Georgia, Utah, and Texas are the latest states to join the fight for the 1st Amendment on campus.

 In Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker is championing a budget companion bill which would give the University of Wisconsin $10,000 to put toward efforts to revise academic freedom policies.".........

J S Bach's picture

I hear the stirring of right-wing storm troopers.  When they finally arise, the Left is toast.  They will shoot to kill... without compunction.  That day cannot come soon enough.

True Blue's picture

It was not part of their blood,

It came to them very late,

With long arrears to make good...

jcbudmo's picture

The first counter-attack will be THE FEEL-GOOD video of 2017.


Laddie's picture

Kristol is a Jewish Supremacist. Yet he doesn't want US to have our America back.

"Maybe you shouldn't have cucked, Chuck."
Snowflakes Shout Down ‘White Supremacist’ Charles Murray at Middlebury College

CJgipper's picture

Perhaps she would like to reconsider teaching  that class "Conservatives and the moral justification for their genocide" now?

chubbar's picture

By and large these kids are from upper middle class families and raised by parents that never held them accountable for their actions. They all got participation medals and never had to face a loss or got disciplined, not all of them but a large percentage. They have lived in a dream world without ever spending a second to ponder that world and how it actually works. None of these fucktards has one clue about reality or what they will be facing in a year or two, whenever the reset hits. I don't think any of these morons will make the cut, they won't make it. If they do make it, it'll be blowing queers down by the ferry for a heroin fix to escape their new reality.

Laddie's picture

You make a good point, I was reading recently a book by a British fellow which explains how this all happened, and it was not by chance.

The Fall of Western Man Free download at author's site

It is wrong to assume that WWII came to an end in 1945; it has taken on a different verbal form only.

Although the PHYSICAL VIOLENCE is already occurring but the government is not quite ready to unleash its violence until Whitey is disarmed.

Why Every Warrior Should Own a Firearm

Bigly's picture


insufferable statists wrapped up in self importance and stridency

jcbudmo's picture

That's what is so sweet about watching the first punch in the face they get. BAM! Reality hits - literally.

not dead yet's picture

There was recent video shot in New York where some SJW snowflakes were linked arm in arm blocking a street crossing while chanting their bullshit. One white guy got tired of wating for them to let him through, they weren't budging, so he barged through them and one of women SJW's grabbed him and got punched in the face for her efforts. There were plenty of cops standing there and they didn't do anything, good for them, so the snowflakes started screaming "he hit a woman arrest him." The cops still didn't do anything so the idiots started screaming "police state". Just as some have predicted these snowflakes can try to dish out pain but can't for a second endure it. Let's warm up some ball bats and go SJW hunting. After the first hundred post their their injuries, while bawling their eyes out, on social media the rest will get the message real fast.

grunk's picture

Bad day for Deep Flakes.

jcbudmo's picture

Deep Flakes: LOL, like it +1

The_Dude's picture

The left hates the truth...