American Enterprise Institute scholar Charles Murray was set to do a speech at Middlebury College promoting his new book. Murray has been protested by the left before, under accusations of racism. This time, students yelled and disrupted the speech until security has to remove Murray from the stage.
Murray’s 2012 book, “Coming Apart,” explains the politics of the working white class, very relevant as that is the body that voted in President Trump. His 1994 book, “The Bell Curve,” described his theory that genetics and socioeconomic patterns are connected. The left has long protested this book, citing it as “racist.”
Murray was taken off stage and allowed to continue his speech via livesteam, rather than a student audience.
“We need to foster a climate where we can listen and respect differences… We don’t have to agree with everything. How do we engage in civil discourse?” Middlebury’s dean of students Baishakhi Taylor said in an attempt to calm down the student protesters, according to the Burlington Free Press.
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Faculty and students involved in hosting the event tried to convince demonstrators to stop yelling and listen to Murray — to no avail.
“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?”
Alexandre 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.”
Debate over Murray’s scheduled appearance had been raging on the Vermont campus in the days leading up to the event. Over 450 Middlebury alumni wrote a letter denouncing his appearance prior to its scheduled date.
“It is a decision that directly endangers members of the community and stains Middlebury’s reputation by jeopardizing the institution’s claims to intellectual rigor and compassionate inclusivity,” read the alumni letter published in Middlebury’s student newspaper.