Cops and Robbers Party Canceled At UVA After Protest That Police “Kill and Brutalize Marginalized Communities”

downloadWe have been discussing the rise of groups on campuses that assert the right not to simply protest but to prevent other students from hearing speakers or participating in events.  The latest such incident occurred last week at the University of Virginia where members of a social justice group called UVA Students United disrupted a “cops and robbers”-themed party at a campus fraternity.  The group would not allow a party that it claimed made “a joke of systems that kill and brutalize marginalized communities.” Ultimately, the party was canceled.

UVA Delta Psi chapter’s party the frat brothers dressed in orange jumpsuits and their dates dressed as police officers.  The group objected to the party on Facebook  and insisted that “These ‘costumes’ make a joke of mass incarceration and the prison-industrial complex, systems that disproportionately brutalize people of color.”  Rather than focus on convincing fellow students, it moved to impose its view on other students.

The group objected that

“These ‘costumes’ make a joke of mass incarceration and the prison-industrial complex, systems that disproportionately brutalize people of color. The predominantly white members of this fraternity got to take their costumes off at the end of the night, people trapped in the prison system do not . . . Historically, the police have justified violence against people of color in the name of protecting white women, and in wearing these costumes, these women made a joke of that legacy of violence.”

So it could either be a fun costume party for couples or  a celebration of government sanctioned white supremacy.  Most of us would gravitate toward the former, but universities are places for a wide array of views.

 The problem is when you then go to the party to force it to close.  The group would not accept claims of innocent intentions:

“During confrontations with people at the party, the majority of partygoers asserted that they had no intention of ‘offending or hurting anyone.’ It’s this kind of willful ignorance that allows white supremacy to continue.”

The Frat tried to convince the group for an hour to leave and then called the campus police about the trespass.  Rather than reaffirming the right of the fraternity to hold the party, it was decided to cancel the event.

Henry Crochiere, the Inter-Fraternity Council president and a fourth-year College student, issued an apology for the holding of the costume party.  “The Inter-Fraternity Council acknowledges that the theme, while not overtly reprehensible, is potentially offensive to members of the community. As a result, we thought it was best to end the party and other Delta Psi events planned for the weekend in order to reevaluate the situation.”

If the standard is not to be “potentially offensive” to any group, it would be hard to hold any costume party. Even a safari theme would bring out animal rights activists or other groups.  What concerns me is that we are reaffirming that such groups can shut down events and speeches. The message is that any activity that offends anyone or any group (even if not “overtly reprehensible”) is impermissible.

According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the prison system is almost 59 percent white.  However, the black population in prison is almost 38 percent (while it is 13 percent of the population at large).

66 thoughts on “Cops and Robbers Party Canceled At UVA After Protest That Police “Kill and Brutalize Marginalized Communities”

  1. One has to watch where one steps here. The place is littered in troll shit. Knee deep. Mr. Turley was more substantive on his TV show, Three’s Company. How many of these trolls actually live in America, are actual citizens? And who gives a shit about a frat party that isn’t a Toga Party?

    “Fierce individualism,” a brief description of Rand philosophy, is pure authoritarianism, as pure individualism always must be. If any one individual can make a decision that affects others, and do so without consultation, then those affected must obey. The combination of “freedom” and “individualism” masks this truism.
    Bluto, Faber College

  2. “… people trapped in the prison system …”

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    Well, that 𝘪𝘴 what it is designed to do.

    “Henry Crochiere, the Inter-Fraternity Council president and a fourth-year College student, issued an apology for the holding of the costume party. “The Inter-Fraternity Council acknowledges that the theme, while not overtly reprehensible, is potentially offensive to members of the community. As a result, we thought it was best to end the party and other Delta Psi events planned for the weekend in order to reevaluate the situation.”

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    I think Hank here is holding a cuckold themed party next Saturday. All wussies and the testicular challenged invited. Very Greg Marmalard!

  3. Campus police had no right to cancel the party. They should have removed the trespassers.

    The Left is becoming increasingly fascist – big government, eroding individual rights to benefit the collective, the group determining what is “good” for the individual to think and say, and subordination of the individual to The Cause. In this case, The Cause is not one nation, but Global Progressivism.

  4. I came across this in the comments section of an article about Antifa. Seems rather appropriate to this discussion.

    First they called the neonazis fascists and they attacked and silenced them,
    and I did not speak out—Because I do not approve of neonazis.
    Then they called the alt right fascists and they attacked and silenced them,
    and I did not speak out—Because I did not approve of the alt right.
    Then they called all Law Enforcement fascists and they attacked and silenced them,
    and I did not speak out—Because I did not approve of Police Brutality.
    Then they called all Republicans fascists and they attacked and silenced them,
    and I did not speak out—Because I did not approve of Republicans.
    Then they came for me, a Democratic centrist moderate —they attacked me and silenced me for questioning their use of violence and their ever growing definition of who is a fascist.
    There was no one left to speak for me and no police to protect me as they beat my head in.

  5. We have another example of privileged political interests receiving official favoritism, this one at a state university. It’s time to realize that the people running higher education are bad birds who need to be fired by administrators selected from outside the world of higher education.

  6. The posting did not state the number of protester. My guess it was a very small number and finding things to be offended by is their hobby.

  7. I can’t take them seriously anymore, they have become a caricature of themselves. I feel bad for the kids and legitimately good faculty that have to put up with their BS, but these types of antics mostly elicit a giggle and a yawn. Thank the gods college is not the determining factor in a person’s life.

  8. I am weary of the never-ending criticism of this nation and its institutions. As. Black male I say without hesitation the vast majority of us are not uneducated, mistreated, immoral, victims as we have been portrayed by nearlly every Black politician from jessie Jackson to Obama. As a people Americans have No RIGHT to not be offended. In general I do not see police as friends. Most do their jobs and are needed. This story should Not question the percentage of minorities in jail but rather were and are they guilty of the crimes they were convicted of. We rarely question the “fairness’ of the law only the number of Us convicted of breaking it . perhaps the police should refuse to patrol or enter minority dominated areas . That would end all ” you are picking on us because we are Black charges.”

    • That’s a great point. Any and all of the kids at these schools would cr*p in their pants if they couldn’t call 911 (or the defacto surrogate, administration). They are babies, nothing more or less. The rest of us have real work to do. I simply ignore them more and more.

  9. I am weary of the never-ending criticism of this nation and its institutions. As. Black male I say without hesitation the vast majority of us are not uneducated, mistreated, immoral, victims as we have been portrayed by nearl

  10. It is the Democrats who marginalized the communities and the police have tried to keep a lid on it. I wonder how many of those protesters were just whites virtue signaling?

  11. These students are going to be in for a rude awakening when they come into the workforce and cut the umbilical cord of their bubble. Ordinary people are not going to accept their self-righteousness. However the damage of this kind of thinking has the potential to infect the brains of those in charge of society.

  12. ““The Inter-Fraternity Council acknowledges that the theme, while not overtly reprehensible, is potentially offensive to members of the community. As a result, we thought it was best to end the party and other Delta Psi events planned for the weekend in order to reevaluate the situation.””

    If members of the community found the protest offensive could they organize to shutdown the protestors?

    Would the IFC and administration support the students who found the protest offensive?

  13. I’m beginning to think that nobody on a college campus will be able to have any social gatherings for any reason because someone is always going to be offended by something.

    • “I’m beginning to think that nobody on a college campus will be able to have any social gatherings for any reason because someone is always going to be offended by something.”

      I know what you are saying. One of the reasons we chose our son’s school was due to the recreational opportunities available on the weekends. You can take a class and do metalworking, woodworking, bicycle repair, and many other things. I thought this was just outstanding. I would have loved to have a little downtime to make some projects when I was in school, but I was always working. I’m sure these programs will be attacked sooner rather than later over some bizarre caveat we have yet to imagine in the sheer life of hell of the social justice warrior.

    • Of course–it’s always been impossible to discuss a controversial subject without offending someone. But the new crop of protesters are very imaginative at finding excuses for recreational outrage.

  14. Police “Kill and Brutalize Marginalized Communities”

    Why would any sane, rational nation put up with even related utterances; an inexcusable waste of time?

    The freed slaves being not intractable, the 19th Amendment was the inflection point for “fundamentally transforming” America into incoherence and hysteria. This Devil’s Paradox awarded women the role of men while causing national extinction; placing the birthrate in a “death spiral” engendering an imported population.
    __________________________________________________________________________________

    Alexander Hamilton –

    “…whatever tends to a discordant intermixture must have an injurious tendency.”

    Excerpt: Human Events – 2007

    “Hamilton was likewise unconvinced that diversity was a strength. The safety of a republic, according to him, depended

    “essentially on the energy of a common national sentiment, on a uniformity of principles and habits, on the exemption of the citizens from foreign bias and prejudice, and on that love of country which will almost invariably be found to be closely connected with birth, education and family.”

    He then drew out the implications of this point:

    “The influx of foreigners must, therefore, tend to produce a heterogeneous compound; to change and corrupt the national spirit; to complicate and confound public opinion; to introduce foreign propensities. In the composition of society, the harmony of the ingredients is all-important, and whatever tends to a discordant intermixture must have an injurious tendency.”

  15. If the frat let itself be bullied, then it shares the blame. Instead of arguing with these humorless people for an hour before calling the police, they should have called the police immediately, had the trespassers removed, and gone on with the party. By caving in, they became accomplices in their own censorship.

      • “What theme would you advocate as being sufficient playful and tasteful?”

        Please don’t go there with him, it would be something along the lines of the engineer at the beginning of Prometheus, or handing out daisies to all, then apologizing about the innate variability of the size and color of said daisies. Or maybe a group cuddle after the ax falls after ratings seasons on the usual sitcoms–and their 4th grade humor, so the sublimely affected won’t have to suffer their unbearable lightness of being in silence at the loss their special TV shows.

    • I agree. Those protesters masquerading as civil rights activists infringing the rights of their fellow students is absolutely tasteless. By caving in, both sides are too ignorant to realize their actions are just another brick in the wall.

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