Conservative Speaker Prevented From Addressing DePaul University Students By Activists As Campus Security Stands By

milo-yiannopoulos-depaul-universityDePaul_U_Seal.svgWe have previously discussed the erosion of free speech on college and university campuses as students and faculty are punished for expressing views deemed offensive to any group. In the meantime, we have also seen protests by Black Lives Matter and other groups that silence other students with little response from university administrators. The videotape below captures this problem vividly. Conservative Milo Yiannopolous is often a lightning rod for such protests. However, it is not enough to protest outside. Students increasingly struck down events to prevent opposing views from being heard. In the case, two students shutdown the event as university security (paid by the event organizers) stand by and do nothing. It is a shocking scene for a university as student prevent a speaker from being heard because they disagree with what he has to say.

Student and church minister Edward Ward and a female colleague blew whistles and yelled to prevent Yiannopolous from speaking. Ward insisted that he was not trying to prevent free speech but rather “shutting down hate speech.” Of course, Ward decides what is hate speech, which seems to be most anything that he disagrees with. He explained

“But when it’s coming from a point of ignorance, when you make these blatant statements about feminists, when you make blatant statements about the LGBTQ community, when you make statements about black people – then it becomes a problem, because when you use this kind of hatred people like us end up dead. . . . You get Charleston. These are what you get as a result of his type of speech and rhetoric.”

Ward simply declares himself as the person who would decided what views would be allowed to be heard: “You have a bunch of white people who wanna actually say a bunch of racist shit and that’s not okay.”

At one point, the woman appears to actually physically threaten Yiannopolous with a slap or hit to the face.

Because the campus security refused to do anything, the audience was left chanting to the security “Do Your Job, Do Your Job.”

DePaul should not only discipline Ward and investigate the failure of the security to guarantee the basic protection for free speech on campus.

What do you think?

42 thoughts on “Conservative Speaker Prevented From Addressing DePaul University Students By Activists As Campus Security Stands By

  1. Bill M.
    “what the Founders saw as the natural right of individuals to speak and worship freely was protected by the First Amendment’s prohibitions on Congress from making laws establishing a religion or abridging freedom of speech.”
    http://billofrightsinstitute.org/founding-documents/bill-of-rights/

    I am no lawyer, but it seems to me that his right to free speech was abridged by a failure to protect his right to speak. The government could actively suppress speech, or, passively let it be suppressed. Our rights do not exist only in relation to the government; they exist because we do.

  2. Hey Nick, speaking of CHS, here is Milo and Christine Sommers recently.
    This video is posted on his youtube channel so you can subscribe to his videos if you wish

  3. Mitch, Thanks much for the video. I have read about Milo but this is the first time I have seen him. He was that Brit intelligence and wit we lost when Christopher Hitchens died. Here’s what is striking, however. Milo is not nearly as acerbic as Hitchens. I never remember Hitchens being prevented from speaking. And that’s because he was liberal. Although Hitchens was a free thinker and not a slave to ideology. Interestingly, Hitchens talks from the heart about how when he supported the war in Iraq[Hitchens was a champion of the Kurds] virtually all his liberal friends stopped associating w/ him. The left flat ass lies when they claim to be tolerant. They are almost as intolerant as ISIS. Finally, Milo quotes Christine Hoff Sommers. I have touted her many times. Any parent w/ a young boy should read, The War Against Boys, before sending him to public school.

  4. Typical college leftist fascists.
    And the DePaul administration is on their side.
    The New Mexico riots at the trump rally are the same thing.

    This is 1968 redux, this time as farce.

    I keep telling and telling you: the Constitution is dead.
    What the left fails to consider is: What if your side loses and the government falls to your sworn enemy?
    When he crushes his enemies as Obama has done, and Hillary surely would do, you’ll have no recourse.

  5. Milo has no idea what he’s talking about but I would not want to shut him up.

  6. As for DePaul being a private university, let’s start with they are in Chicago and they have received some tax money from the city. Besides that, they use the roads, don’t they? They benefit from the infrastructure that tax payer money has funded-right? Some one that at school went to public university or K-12? Right? So if I use the progressive argument, no one or nothing is exempt from the socialist ideology. So they have no right to stop Milo. Just like I have no right to rejected being taxed to death.

  7. Nick I agree. At this point the greatest danger to liberty comes from the Left. They are dangerous at this point. They have become so bad that even the Liberals are scared of the Progressives.

  8. There is a full assault on free speech here and in Europe. It comes from the left.

  9. I agree with the comment above by Darren Smith. But regarding the school. If your kid goes there it might be provident to have him or her transfer somewhere else. The place ain’t safe. Disorderly conduct can evolve quickly into assault with a deadly weapon. Also, if it is a private school then it must cost a huge bundle in tuition. Why pay that freight on a train going nowhere?
    If I was a parent subsidizing my kid’s education I would pull the money now and let him decide what to do. Community colleges probably provide better security. Four year schools probably are cheaper than DePaul. And what is “DePaul”? It sounds like some slur.

  10. It is too bad that people are afraid to hear the views of those with whom they disagree. I say he should have been allowed to speak.

    As to the “chief of the thought police and arbiter of speach” is it the fact that the person was white that made it wrong to say “racist ….” Or was it just that he was white. I’m tired of people who claim they want tolerance and freedom, restricting free speach.

    As to DePaul being a private university, I’m pretty sure it gets bags of federal money. But is that really the point? No one person should be permitted by violence or disruption to stop another from speaking. He should have been allowed to speak. The protestors could have held an alternative event or stood outside and held signs.

  11. Isn’t DePaul a private school? The 1st Amendment only applies to government, right?

    • Bill Millens – the organizers were required to hire additional security who, when you watch the tape, did nothing. This is a fraud case.

  12. The organizers have demanded that DePaul return the money demanded for the added security. At some point, Milo march with his supporters to the DePaul’s President’s office to demand that the security do their job. On the other side, a conservative reporter was arrested and held for 4 hours before being released without charges.

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