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Middlebury Students: College Administrator and Staff Assault Students, Endanger Lives After Murray Protest

** Much of the narrative surrounding Charles Murray’s visit to Middlebury and the protests that ensued has been controlled by the College administration in the form of an email from President Laurie Patton and statements made by Vice President for communications Bill Burger to the New York Times. We at middbeat feel it is valuable to give a platform for all students, including student protestors, to voice their opinions in order to nuance or contradict that narrative. The following is an anonymous first-hand account of Thursday’s events from a group of student organizers of the protest. The authors of this piece have requested to remain anonymous out of fear of retaliation from the administration. However, due to the anonymous nature of the post and some of the uncorroborated claims made by the authors, the middbeat staff feels that it is necessary to preface this piece with our standard disclaimer: the following opinion does not necessarily reflect that of middbeat as a whole. In the coming days, we invite members of our community to contribute to the campus conversation by submitting to our site.**

from the anonymous group of students:

What follows is a statement written by Middlebury College students who were present for the aftermath of eugenicist Charles Murray’s lecture on campus Thursday night. The students who have come together choose to remain anonymous, but feel it is essential to share a complete account of what happened. Middlebury College President Laurie Patton and Vice President for Communications Bill Burger have grossly misrepresented the events of that evening in an attempt to overshadow Burger’s reckless and dangerous behavior, along with the violent behavior of multiple Public Safety officers. More information will follow.

To the Middlebury Community:

Students who were present at Charles Murray’s exit from McCullough Student Center on the evening of March 2nd find that recent accounts currently circulating omit important facts about the interactions between students, community members, Public Safety personnel, Vice President for Communications Bill Burger, and Professor Allison Stanger. As people were dressed for the cold, it was not always possible to distinguish between students of the college and community members. In recounting the events of Thursday night, it is essential to emphasize that protesters did not escalate violence and had no plan of violent physical confrontation. We do not know of any students who hurt Professor Stanger; however, we deeply regret that she was injured during the event. We are also deeply disturbed that Public Safety, private security officers and Burger incited and continually used violent and abusive force towards students and community members. In light of threats of disciplinary action against students affiliated with the peaceful protest inside of Wilson Hall, as well as the separate incident outside of McCullough, we, as witnesses, feel it critical to share our observations of the evening’s events.

In a shutdown of the lecture, hundreds of Middlebury students stood and turned their backs on Charles Murray – whom the Southern Poverty Law Center designates as a white nationalist – reciting speeches and chanting in a peaceful and organized expression of their dissent. After people were denied entrance to the building, they gathered outside, protesting with impromptu chanting and noise-making. Over the course of the livestream, alarms went off three times, which further disrupted Murray’s speech and Q&A.

Burger, Stanger, and Murray left McCullough around 7:00 p.m., surrounded by security personnel. Community members and students lined the path to their car, chanting and holding signs as the group left the building. One person blocked the sidewalk, holding a large sign in front of Murray. In the first of a series of disproportional and escalating acts of violence, security personnel immediately and without warning began pushing and pulling protesters out of the way as soon as they were within arm’s reach. Some people were thrown to the ground by security personnel, and one person was struck hard in the chest. A student reports that Professor Stanger’s hair was not intentionally pulled but was inadvertently caught in the chaos that Public Safety incited. It is irresponsible to imply that a protester aggressively and intentionally pulled her hair.

Protesters then surrounded the parked car, with some pushing on the sides of the car. Several people stood behind the car, yet Burger attempted to back out of the parking spot. He managed to back out by inching through a throng of security personnel and protesters. He proceeded to drive through the crowd. At times Burger accelerated forward into protesters. Security personnel pushed, grabbed and dragged students and community members to the asphalt to clear the area around the car. Security personnel inflicted bruises and other physical harm on many people. One observer states that they saw Public Safety Telecom Manager and Tech Support Specialist, Solon Coburn, put his body between outside security personnel and protesters, mitigating security personnel’s unacceptable over-reactions.

A traffic sign with a concrete base was knocked over in the path of the car. Burger was warned to stop by hand gestures and verbal warnings from multiple officers and protesters standing directly in front of the car. Instead, he accelerated into them and the concrete base, wedging a student between the car and the sign post, pushing both for a couple seconds and generating sparks and loud screeching. Burger showed no signs of stopping the car so people attempted to slow the car down to ensure the safety of the pinned student. Fortunately, someone was able to yank the student up from between the car and the sign post before the student was injured or killed. The sign was righted and Burger continued attempting to build up speed, at times running into protesters at around 5 miles per hour, sending people onto the hood of the car.

The crowd began to disperse as Burger turned onto VT Route 30/South Main Street. A person was still on the hood of the car. Consistent with security personnel’s shouts to “go faster,” Burger accelerated to approximately 25 miles per hour, at which point the person, fearing for their safety, rolled off the hood and into the middle of the road across from Meeker House. Burger did not stop, and drove away from the person lying in the road.

The actions of Vice President for Communications Bill Burger and Public Safety officers threatened students and community members for Murray’s benefit. We condemn the administration and Public Safety’s actions on Thursday night and since then — especially their attempts to discredit the protesters inside and outside McCullough.

The administration’s support of a platform for white nationalist speech was an intense act of aggression towards the most marginalized members of the Middlebury community. Though President Laurie Patton stated her disagreement with many of Murray’s views, by sharing a stage with him and designating his non-peer reviewed work as academically valuable, she effectively legitimized him. Furthermore, peaceful protest was met with escalating levels of violence by the administration and Public Safety, who continually asserted their support of a dangerous racist over the well-being of students. Burger and Public Safety personnel should be held accountable for these acts through appropriate disciplinary channels. No college communications have publicly admitted college employees’ violent behavior on March 2nd. This is lying by omission on the part of the college employees who were present that night, one of whom oversees official communications from the college.

 

More information will be released early next week.

178 thoughts on “Middlebury Students: College Administrator and Staff Assault Students, Endanger Lives After Murray Protest

  1. This is laughable. Protesters stopped Mr. Murray from LEAVING. Isn’t that what you wanted him to do this whole time?! When a bunch of protesters pushed, shook and surrounded the car, you say public safety used excessive force by moving people out of the way? And that Mr. Burger was wrong for driving through them to exit the area? Grow up, Midd.

    1. If you were not there- your comment is baseless. Laugh all you want- think about if you’d like to be on the hood of someone’s care who could care less about your life or safety. Still laughing?

      1. I’m laughing because your logic is laughable. Here’s a thought: if these students/protestors were concerned for their safety, then they shouldn’t have swarmed the car or gotten on top of it. In case this well-known statistic has eluded you: cars are dangerous, and in some instances, have been known to hurt people. And yet, you still suggest that it is the fault of public safety and Bill Berger for making these students feel scared. I think there are preschoolers who are more sensible than some of the people at this school.

          1. I dunno, maybe because there was an angry violent mob chasing you which had already injured one of the car’s occupants?

      2. You don’t wind up on the hood of someone’s car by protesting. Taking hostages is a messy, dangerous business.

      3. “Laugh all you want- think about if you’d like to be on the hood of someone’s care(sic) who could care less about your life or safety.”

        Why was anyone on the hood of the car?

    2. “Protesters stopped Mr. Murray from LEAVING. Isn’t that what you wanted him to do this whole time?!”

      This is terrorism. The point of the protesters is to terrorize the organizers, Mr. Murray, and any conservative onlookers who read about the event on the news.

    3. One day these hypocritical, unthinking twinkies that can’t tolerate facts which don’t agree with their religiously held beliefs will wake up and realize they can’t make it in the real world without drugs and psychologists telling them that they are “really OK.” Until then, their lies, propensity for violence, closed-mindedness, hatred, failure of reason, and disgusting lack of regard for others will cause show them to be the fools they truly are.

  2. Wow. What a travesty–the Midd administration should definitely be condemned for misinterpreting what happened without actually doing their homework. Can you imagine such a thing? Reaching a conclusion before being properly informed on the topic at hand? Or even worse, silencing or excluding some voices just so theirs could be heard? Thank god Midd students and these protestors would never be guilty of such a thing. Without a doubt, we should all listen to what they have to say on what really happened. Their clear and unrelenting support for open dialogue on campus issues is reason enough for us to accept and not question their narrative of events, such as the deliberate attempt of evil Bill Burger and Public Safety to run over protestors. Remember everyone: we came to Middlebury to have our opinions validated, not challenged.

    1. – needs work, but otherwise quality B+ parody. Needs more jargon, references to triggering/safe spaces/lived-experiences, etc.

    2. I find it both ironic and hypocritical that these anonymous students feel oppressed because their viewpoints on the incident are not being heard. Yet, the goal of their protest was to stifle alternative views to their own. They are filled with hate.

  3. as a Midd alum, i’m deeply concerned about college admins risking people’s lives twice: first on the ground, then on the media.
    and deeply inspired by students who take decisive action against white supremacy. keep it up! you have the power of millions supporting you against the repression that may follow.

    1. And the power of tens of millions who support everything that happens to you and more, including suspension, expulsion and arrest.

    2. “and deeply inspired by students who take decisive action against white supremacy.”

      “Decisive action” like assaulting and injuring Professor Stanger?

    3. Let’s all cry for millionaires. Murray is a conservative corporate deep state Washington think tank eugenicist hack. He and his gestapo security force deserved everything they got and more.

  4. This week’s revised syllabus for MIDDKID101: cars are dangerous; look both ways before crossing the street; play nicely or you’ll be scolded; an opinion contrary to your own doesn’t warrant an attempt to kill its purveyor. Next week: the ABCs; potty training; basic humanity.

  5. “The sign was righted and Burger continued attempting to build up speed, at times running into protesters at around 5 miles per hour, sending people onto the hood of the car.”

    What kind of reckless sociopath mows over peaceful protestors at 5mph while sheltering a vicious white supremacist from justice? Burger should be fired immediately and prosecuted by the State of Vermont.

    Also, Public Safety should be ashamed of themselves for inciting the chaos that caused Professor Stanger’s hair to be pulled. There is no way that any of the peaceful, reasonable protestors who bravely defended our campus against white supremacy would have intentionally assaulted a woman in her 50’s.

    1. Hate to break it to you Chomsky, but that is exactly what happened. Some of the protestors were neither peaceful nor reasonable. It is true that they did not stop being peaceful until they were pushed out of the way, but it was not reasonable for them to obstruct the exit of the person they had been trying to get to leave the whole time.

      1. Sorry, your argument does not fly. I have the right to step in front of you on a sidewalk. You have the right to step out of the way or ask me to move. The moment you put your hand on me it is assault. Now, this was a private corporate security force protecting a member of the corporate deep state, so it is questionable what legal rights they had to escalate force. Clearly, however, they did it stupidly.

        The fault for this fiasco is on the security detail and I hope they are sued for lots and lots of money.

        1. False. If you surround someone and do not let them move, that is false imprisonment, and they absolutely are justified to use force to move you out of the way.

    2. Chomsky, you are delusional and bordering on criminal sociopathy when you continue the myth of so-called white supremacy. Get out of your bubble and come visit the real world.
      If any “white supremacy” exists it’s located in your little myopic world where you’ve never met a well-educated person from somewhere west of Riverside Drive, Manhattan.

    3. When one is assaulted, the assaulting party alone is to blame. We don’t blame the assaulted, even if they were being rude. That’s similar to blaming a rape victim for having dressed scantily or behaving in a sexual manner. Violence isn’t okay just because someone is rude. Rape isn’t okay just because someone is feeling sexy.

      1. nobody needs to respect the “free speech” of individuals who question their humanity.

        it is extremely sad that professor stanger was injured, and that all parties seemed to have contributed to the chaos and danger.

        that being said, a huuuuuuge high five from me for anybody who wants to go ahead and punch a white supremacist, nazi, alt-right fucker, right in the face. fuck them, we will not progress by “engaging” with them.

        1. Is that what you’ve been taught at Middlebury…that free speech is conditional on agreeing with you??? Perhaps the school’s accreditation needs to be questioned along with your sanity…

        2. >> it is extremely sad that professor stanger was injured

          55 faculty and hundreds of students submitted a written petition to Middlebury College to not allow the speaker on campus. Those pleas were ignored. I don’t feel particularly sorry for what happened to anyone who was protecting or associating themselves with Murray in any way.

          1. >> 55 faculty and hundreds of students submitted a petition to not allow the speaker on campus.

            And over 100 Middlebury Professors have signed a document pledging to support freedom of expression in response to the violent student mob who confronted Murray.

            Along the way, reasonable progressives like Stanger and myself became disgusted at your actions and allied with Murray.

            Congratulations, protestors, you just lost to the side you were trying to defeat.

    4. LOL,
      Noamy-boy. Slumming with these m-bury fools, I see. You’re so full of hatred and evil that you’ll one day realize. By that point, it will be too late to undo the wreckage of your life. Repent now while you can.

    5. Irony just might yet occur to the man wary of white supremacy speaking from the confines of a whitebread enclave of a college smack in the middle of a whitebread enclave of a state.

  6. I hear DPRK foreign ministry is looking for a new man in their press office. The author of this report should look into applying for it. You’d be perfect!

  7. Thank you for providing another perspective.

    Is there any video or photos of this event? It’s hard to imagine that no one captured any images! It would be especially great to see video to better understand the sequence of events.

  8. Protestors can protest all they wish…but, to impede someone from coming or going is blatantly wrong. That is all.

  9. Is there anything more frustrating than when your hair gets inadvertently caught in chaos and pulled hard enough to send you to the hospital with an injured neck? Such a hassle!!

  10. You’re right, my Feb comrade! By saying things to the media such as, “We must find a path to establishing a climate of open discourse as a core Middlebury value”, President Patton is LITERALLY PUTTING STUDENTS’ LIVES AT RISK. Unacceptable!

    1. Only if you accept the legitimacy of violence as a means of speech. Aren’t colleges supposed to encourage intellectual debate and, gasp, diversity?

  11. This “perspective” is delusional. What is terrifying here are (1) the complete inability by the students to accept responsibility for what happened (2) the complete ignorance to the dangers imposed by disorganized crowds (3) the horrifying belief that it is ok to “shut down” a speaker with whom you disagree — on a college campus no less.

    This travesty cannot achieve closure until numerous students are expelled from the Middlebury community. The school must make a statement that violent behavior and behavior that shuts down Free Speech will not be tolerated and second chances will not be offered.

    Middlebury is in a unique position to send a national statement.

    1. Definitely. I think I couldn’t agree more. The violence… its just so unacceptable. Even if all of the claims made against Dr. Murray are true, the way in which it was handled was absolutely preposterous. The level of dogmatic aggression towards free exchange of ideas is reminiscent of the very people these protesters seek to discourage. This type of loud, chaotic noise is exactly how an actual anti-gay, sexist, or racist person would react when faced with arguments in opposition to their own. “The [any group I don’t like] is getting together to talk about [anything]? Grab the gang and the dogs, let’s shout them down!”

      1. The students handled it like heroes. Last time I checked, universities and racists were never supposed to get along.

    2. “Middlebury is in a unique position to send a national statement.”

      Yes, the way to make the national statement is to invite Charles Murray back, to record student IDs of everyone entering the auditorium, and to suspend all those who disrupt the event so that the speaker can’t be heard.

    3. Excellent response. I would merely say that expulsion is an extreme reaction to anyone, except perhaps the person who put his professor in a neck brace. Teenagers often get in a mob mentality and I certainly had different opinions at that age than I did now, and felt strongly about those views.

      It’s easy to get caught up in the heat of a movement, and one shouldn’t be denied an education because of it.

      A temporary suspension or similar punitive action that allows those to reconsider why they are protesting free expression of ideas at a university seems a far more balanced punishment.

  12. The Southern Poverty Law Center, founded by Morris Dees and located in Montgomery, Alabama, just a few blocks south of the state capitol, has a history of garnering support from people by sending fund-raising letters filled with misleading information about the state of race relations in the southern United States. This false and exaggerated narrative about conditions in Alabama and the south-eastern region only serves to stir up emotions of the vulnerable and ill-informed people living up north. By appealing to the public with a false narrative of gross discrimination in the southern states, he gives the impression that nothing has improved in the south for 60 years. This is blatantly false. While there is always room for improvement, both in the south AND the north, to deny that there is still the same gross conditions that existed prior to the achievements made but the Civil Rights movement is to deny the sacrifices made by Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, and a host of other citizens who worked tirelessly to change conditions for the better.
    I know first-hand of what I speak. I first moved to Montgomery as a young teen in 1965, just three months after the Selma March. I saw the integration of the high school I attended. I lived in a predominantly white neighborhood. Fifty years later, my elderly father still lives in that neighborhood. It is still middle-class with intact families who maintain their homes and gardens impeccably. The one difference form 50 years ago is that it is predominantly black. Integration has continued peacefully, by and large, in the most notorious town that was the focus of national news and is still the home of the Baptist church where Rev. King preached.
    Write the Southern Poverty Law Center and demand that it cease printing lies in order to dupe gullible rich white people in the north in order to take their money. The cause for justice AND peace can well do without the pernicious falsehoods that feed the false narrative of racism. Without such lies, the students of Middlebury can see that they are being lied to and used by forces that are only doing this FOR THE MONEY and not for the just cause of freedom.

    1. “Stephen Bright, an Atlanta-based civil rights attorney and president of the Southern Center for Human Rights, wrote in 2007 that [Morris Seligman Dees, Jr., co-founder and chief trial counsel for the Southern Poverty Law Center], was “a con man and fraud”, who “has taken advantage of naive, well-meaning people–some of moderate or low incomes–who believe his pitches and give to his $175-million operation.””

      The Southern Poverty Law Center Isn’t Perfect—and Humanists Can Do More than Just Criticize It:
      https://thehumanist.com/commentary/southern-poverty-law-center-isnt-perfect-humanists-can-just-criticize

  13. “”an anonymous first-hand account””

    Intellectual cowards, moral cowards, physical cowards. Students achieve a trifecta.

  14. Postmodernism is back! Competing narratives!

    Make no mistake, those protestors would have gladly tortured Murray and Stanger given have a chance. Protestors would’ve inflicted pain while smiling. That’s what they enjoy!

  15. I’m pretty confident if you surveyed the protestors that not a single one of them actually read The Bell Curve

    They might actually be surprised to learn that only a tiny fraction of the book even talks about ‘race’ at all.

    They might also discover that Murray worked in the Peace Corps for 6 years, and married a crippled woman he met while working helping villagers in Thailand, and is the father to 2 mixed-race children. Totally the profile of a “White Nationalist”.

      1. Where did Bugs mention sexism?? Everything he said was factual, whereas your comment is a non-sequitur. Preventing your fellow students from hearing what an invited speaker has to say violates all of our first amendment rights. Physically blocking the path of others is violence. Perhaps you can learn to read what the man wrote and refute it, you know, like as if you were an adult.

    1. “I’m pretty confident if you surveyed the protestors that not a single one of them actually read The Bell Curve.”

      It’s even worse than that. Charles Murray was speaking about his book, “Coming Apart.” He wasn’t even speaking about The Bell Curve

      1. He is a corporate-sponsored deep state conservative Washington think tank eugenicist, by default everything he says is trash.

  16. Stop pretending to talk for the student body. You do not represent us. We do not hate the free exchange of ideas. We came here to learn and be challenged. We are embarrassed by your actions.

    1. Agreed. This is a complete and total embarrassment to anyone who respects the liberal exchange of ideas on which ALL progressive movements have been based. Anyone who participated in acts of violence/property damage must face the administration and be expelled/jailed. It’s time these students so detached from reality face the consequences of their failed and illogical “attempts” to “foster” inclusion and diversity–their actions directly violate their so-called cause, and in their refusal to accept responsibility, they need to be rebuked.

      1. Not a student at your school, but thank you. Please don’t be afraid to stand for what is right. You will be criticized, but it is the right thing to do nonetheless. These actions require open and incessant criticism.

      2. Well said. Hope you’ll have the courage of your convictions and express this principled view with your classmates when the opportunity offers.

  17. I find every aspect of this incident troubling,from the behavior of the administration to the behavior of the protesters.. Why was Murray even invited? Why was he given a platform when his theories are as discredited within the field of sociology as those of intelligent design are among biologists? I read about this event in the Washington Post, the article never described the context or if a debate about the invitation occurred on campus prior to the encounter. Indeed it appears to me the administration is ultimately responsible for the violence as they failed to communicate and engage with the students who they supposedly serve. The actions of the protesters remind me of Nazi brown shirts and the red guard during the Cultural Revolution, the whole thing appears incredibly dis-functional.

    1. Murray was invited by the Middlebury chapter of the American Enterprise Institute Club. He is a fellow of their namesake institute and came to discuss his new book on class divides in America, not The Bell Curve.

      President Patton said she would attend, the same as she would attend any club event to which she was invited and had time for.

      1. AEI = corporate-funded deep state conservative Washington think tank with a security detail of thugs following its members around onto college campuses. If the Middlebury Chapter wants its Grand Wizards to speak to the student body then next time tell them to do it by conference call

    2. “Why was he given a platform when his theories are as discredited within the field of sociology as those of intelligent design are among biologists”

      This is such a moronic statement that it invalidates the rest of your comment. Race science has far better replicability than sociology. Not a fan of the scientific method?

      1. Are you satisfied to read reports that his theories are “discredited,” or might your curiosity compel you to examine the evidence yourself?

        1. Actually I am a research scientist. Race science? I read the “Bell Curve”, I find EO Wilson`s work on sociobiology much more compelling. Thank you for asking Susan.

        1. No one has claimed that, Captain Straw Man.

          But America is now in the throes of an emotional (not intellectual, mind you) struggle because asshats like you think they’re smart.

    3. He was invited because the American Enterprise Institute student group invited him.

      “Why was he given a platform when his theories…”

      Have you read “Coming Apart”?

  18. Wow, I was always impressed with Middlebury but it has clearly it has become extreme and radical to the point of no return. Angry mobs are not the solution, save for pitchforks, this reads like a scene out of Salem Massachusetts in the 1600’s. These students seem entitled and angry, and not terribly smart. I guess Middlebury isn’t as great as it once was. And I am pretty shocked the President didn’t shut this down right when it happened. Weak.

    1. >> I guess Middlebury isn’t as great as it once was.

      What part of letting corporate deep state racists and their gestapo security details come onto your campus, speak, and then leave without incident is “great?” 55 faculty and hundreds of students submitted a written petition to President Patton to rescind this invitation. If you’d said that you were surprised that Patton didn’t shut it down the day before, then I’d have agreed with you.

  19. Administration downplaying the violence of their students. A woman got seriously hurt during that speech. The protesters are the ones to be blamed. And those defending are in effect endorsing the behaviour. This article also endorses beating up women and pulling their hair if you don’t like what they say. Misogynists, every single one of the students of that school is a raging woman-beating misogynist.

    1. I don’t know if I’d call them misogynists… they didn’t do it out of hate for women, they did it out of hate for the expression of opposing ideas (even though the group obviously never took the time to understand his actual positions). Still pretty bad, but I’m saying call it how it really is if you want to work on the issue.

      1. >> they didn’t do it out of hate for women, they did it out of hate for the expression of opposing ideas

        Oh please

  20. It is not acceptable to “surround all exits” and prevent a person from trying to leave; however I’m sorry that “bruises were inflicted.”

    (Why did your “condemnation” of the fact that a professor was injured in a struggle that involved students not warrant its own sentence?!?!??)

    It’s clear that the “Mob at Middlebury” was not preventing those people from leaving because they wanted to have a peaceful discussion with them. The people escaping were afraid for their lives; they were not in a safe space at the time.

    People should read Allison Stanger’s account on her Facebook, if they would like an account not biased by children trying to prevent themselves from being EXPELLED and PROSECUTED.

  21. *strikethrough* Middlebury College */strikethrough*

    My college list for my children is getting shorter by the week.

  22. I wonder if the student protesters now that creating a mob and preventing a person from free movement is illegal, i.e., false imprisonment. At that point, the person is free to use reasonable force to secure his or her safety and escape. Perhaps these student protesters should spend more time reading and learning instead of shouting and yelling.

    1. The other name for the crime you’ve described is illegal restraint….some jurisdictions only apply illegal imprisonment to the gov’t and other institutions….

    2. >> I wonder if the student protesters now that creating a mob and preventing a person from free movement is illegal, i.e., false imprisonment.

      This may or may not be a question for the courts to decide but, the fact is that, yelling at a single mischievous protester out of many peaceful ones, and the ensuing violence that occurred at the hands of the panicked or violence-hungry security detail, is like yelling at the first escaping drop off the top of a Hoover Dam. I cannot stress it enough, if the written petition of fifty-five (55) faculty and hundreds (100s) of students to have the invitation rescinded had been honored by the Patton Administration then this incident would NOT have occurred. Who invited this speaker? Supposedly an on-campus AEI “chapter.” The AEI is a Washington think tank. How legitimate is that? Am I to assume that this so-called “chapter” is not utterly fringe?

      1. Hecklers should not be able to veto guests invited by student organizations. And the failure to give in to blackmail on the part of the university is certainly no justification for violence.

  23. This post is embarrassing, from the prolific use of the passive voice to evade responsibility for the actions described, to the complete and total lack of awareness that pushing on a car and knocking over signs are themselves violent and what appear to have started this incident!

    1. Seriously, lines like, ‘A student reports that Professor Stanger’s hair was not intentionally pulled but was inadvertently caught in the chaos.’ The ‘chaos’ caught her hair!

  24. Poorly raised students badly educated at Middlebury. Middlebury needs better students and a curriculum that helps their students to mature. Anonymous indeed, show lack of character. Every contributing student should have stood up and signed it.

  25. ‘Instead, he accelerated into them and the concrete base, wedging a student between the car and the sign post, pushing both for a couple seconds and generating sparks and loud screeching. Burger showed no signs of stopping the car so people attempted to slow the car down to ensure the safety of the pinned student. Fortunately, someone was able to yank the student up from between the car and the sign post before the student was injured or killed. The sign was righted and Burger continued attempting to build up speed, at times running into protesters at around 5 miles per hour, sending people onto the hood of the car.’

    It’s the parts like this that expose the story to be complete BS. A student was ‘wedged’ between a concrete sign post and a car, to the point where the metal sign itself was bent, and they escaped without injury. The only question remains is whether the authors actually believe the obvious falsehoods or are they intentionally lying.

  26. 2017 winner of the Middlebury creative fiction award goes to “Middlebury Students: College Administrator and Staff Assault Students, Endanger Lives After Murray Protest”

    1. I think George Orwell would be at a loss for words after reading this flagrant propaganda piece. Perhaps we should be less concerned about the AEI chapter at Middlebury and start looking more into the college’s very own thought police organization that seem to be enrolling new comrades by the hour…

      1. Ahhh….what logical discourse. No wonder none of the rioters could dispute the speaker’s ideas…using force as a first resort instead.

  27. An anonymous account? Really? At least put your name on the line like the speaker did and don’t cower in the corner. Come into the light and reveal thy face.

  28. As someone who was at Middlebury in the 60’s and joined in protests against the Vietnam War, this group of protestors are laughable. This is more like infantile rage. Perhaps the administration should develop a program informing applicants about accepted standards for treating other human beings. Middlebury administration, please take back your school from phony (they would not be on the dangerous barricades) radical professors and spoiled privileged students of all races.

    1. Infants don’t injure people. Words matter, Bob. These people weren’t infants. The word “thug” is applicable.

    2. Exactly…each and every faculty member that encouraged this rioting needs their future employment reconsidered, as well as their freedom, for inciting to riot is a felony offense….

  29. I’m all for the free exchange of ideas, and confronting one’s biases, but why would the College choose this particular speaker, whose work has been so thoroughly discredited, rather than a reputable conservative voice?

    I graduated from Middlebury in 1999, and remember back then, being frustrated we didn’t have more political discussion in general — liberal AND conservative — as much of the student body seemed pretty disengaged from the political universe. So on the one hand, I’m pleased that students have become more engaged; I just wish the students who wanted to start some bipartisan dialogue had chosen someone else to represent their views.

    1. So Emily, you’re more concerned with the people who chose the speaker than with the thugs who drove him from campus with a flurry of fists. Please reflect on that a bit, as well as your “pleasure” that students are “engaged” in this manner. Lamentable.

      1. >> So Emily, you’re more concerned with the people who chose the speaker than with the thugs who drove him from campus with a flurry of fists.

        Yup.

    2. Emily, you sound like a domestic abuser who says, as she’s led away in handcuffs, “she made me do it.” Are you really blaming the victims here?

    3. His writing hasn’t been discredited, although professional victims have been screeching ad hominem attacks at him for years. If he were discredited, why could not a single “protestor” refute his ideas? The tactics of this anti intellectual mob were borrowed from Lenin & Mao. Adults know how that turned out for the Russian & Chinese masses…..

  30. The protesters who blocked the egress of Murray and Stanger and who laid hands on them directly and indirectly (i.e. blocking the auto) are nothing more than Nazi, jack-booted thugs trying to suppress speech of individuals they disagree with. Why don’t you try taking Murray on with facts and logic? Probably because you know you would lose and because your intellectually lazy.

  31. The protesters, by their choice of tactics (and a pattern is starting to emerge–is this everyone’s idea of what organizing involves these days?) has provided assistance to Trump’s re-election campaign and nothing else besides. Who knows? They might even have induced a few people to read “The Bell Curve,” a book which hasn’t been discussed in years.

  32. Is this the “society made me do it” excuse? Don’t be that person. It’s pathetic.

    Screaming so an invited speaker can’t be heard is not civil discourse. The actions of the mob outside the building was not civil discourse. Attacking a woman is not civil discourse. Blaming others for your crimes is not civil discourse.

    If you were on the receiving end this kind behavior, you’d object.

  33. As people were dressed for the cold, it was not always possible to distinguish between students of the college and community members.

    Is this “not always possible to distinguish” business some kind of euphemism for the wearing of ski masks? I wonder if the authors realize that anybody can look up the historical high and low temperatures for Middlebury on March 2, 2017. For the record, the high was 49 and the low was 22. Not exactly ski mask weather, is it? This sort of mealy-mouthed apologism is as transparent as could be. Clearly some among the protesters arrived intent on violence and deliberately took measures to conceal their identities.

  34. This might just be one of the most ridiculous things I’ve read in my life. I can’t believe these maniacs literally attacked a speaker and a professor and still managed to find a way to make themselves out to be the victims. It’s quite impressive, to be honest, but still disturbing nonetheless. And that sign that supposedly “trapped” a student? That was put there by the protestors. Anyone with half a brain cell can see who the real assailants were.

  35. I’m not sure how to phrase this so it won’t be misconstrued, especially since you apparently have no capacity for moral reasoning, so I’ll simply be blunt:

    Grown ups will not tolerate these threats to their physical safety. At some point, as you continue to escalate in the mistaken belief that you have a monopoly right to the threat or use of force, you will go too far. At that point, their will be a number of people, your co-belligerents, killed or seriously injured.

    1. >> Grown ups will not tolerate these threats to their physical safety.

      Grown ups are not racists. I interpret the well-funded corporate deep state writings of Charles Warren to be a threat to my physical safety as well as to every other American’s.

  36. ‘The administration’s support of speech is an intense act of aggression.’

    This idea is the root of the problem.

      1. >> Yep belief that words are a form of violence is the root of fascism.

        It always starts with words.

        “The Jew
        by Joseph Goebbels

        Der Angriff, 21 January 1929
        (translation by Hadding Scott, 2011)

        There is open discussion about all questions in Germany, and every German claims the right to decide this way or that on all issues. One is Catholic, another Protestant; one is a job-seeker, another an employer; the capitalist, the socialist; the democrat, the aristocrat. A commitment to this side or that has nothing inherently dishonorable for the man of our era. It happens in all openness, and where the opposites still appear unclear and muddled, one clarifies them through discussions into argument and counter-argument. Only one issue is barred from public consideration, and it is provocative even to say it: the Jewish Question. It is taboo in the Republic.

        Against all insults the Jew is immunized: words like rogue, parasite, deceiver, profiteer, affect him like water on a duck’s back. Call him Jew, and you will ascertain with astonishment how he is startled, how he is struck, how he suddenly shrinks into himself completely small: “I am recognized.”

        It is pointless to defend oneself against the Jew. He will proceed lightning-fast from his assuredness to the attack and with his cabalistics will crush all means of defense in his opponent.

        Quickly he makes his opponent into what the opponent wanted to attack in him: the liar, the dusturber of the peace, the terrorist. Nothing would be more wrong than to try to defend oneself against that. Indeed the Jew would like that. Then he invents new lies daily, against which his opponent must constantly be on the defensive, and the result is that in the midst of loudly defending himself he never gets around to what the Jew really fears: to attack him. The accused has now become the accuser, and with a great shriek he forces the accuser into the dock. Thus it always went until now, whenever a man or a movement saw the need to combat the Jew. So also would it go for us, if we were not familiar with his nature to the last detail, and if we did not have the courage to derive our radical conclusions from this awareness. And they are:

        1. One cannot combat the Jew positively. He is a negative, and this negative must be erased from the German equation, or it will always spoil the equation.

        2. One cannot discuss the Jewish Question with the Jew. Indeed one cannot prove to anybody that one has the right and the duty to render him harmless.

        3. One ought not to afford to the Jew in the struggle the means that one affords to every honest opponent; for he is not an honest opponent; he will merely exploit magnanimity and chivalry to place his enemy at a disadvantage.

        4. The Jew has no say in German questions. He is a foreigner, an alien to our folk, who enjoys only the right of a guest, and indeed without exception abuses that.

        5. The so-called religious morality of the Jew is not a morality but a guide to deception. Therefore it has no claim to the defense and protection of the law.

        6. The Jew is not more intelligent than we, but only more sophisticated and cunning. His system cannot be broken economically — for indeed he fights economically under completely different moral laws than we — but only politically.

        7. A Jew cannot attack the reputation of a German. Jewish smears are only badges of honor for a German who opposes the Jews.

        8. The value of a German man or of a German movement rises with the opposition of the Jew. If anyone is fought by the Jew, it absolutely vouches for him. Whoever is not persecuted by the Jew or indeed is praised by him is useless and harmful.

        9. The Jew assesses German issues always from the Jewish perspective. Usually therefore the opposite of whatever he says is correct.

        10. One must say yes or no to anti-Semitism. Whoever aids the Jew sins against his own people. One can be either a servant of the Jew or an opponent of the Jew. Opposition to the Jew is a matter of personal cleanliness.

        With these principles the movement to oppose the Jew has a prospect of success. And therefore such a movement for the first time is taken seriously and feared by the Jew.

        That he makes a lot of noise and objects to it, is only a proof that it is correct. We are happy to find the appropriate certification immediately in these lines in the Jewish gazettes. Let them scream terror there. To that we answer with the famous utterance of Mussolini: “Terror? Never! It is social hygiene. We are taking these individuals out of circulation, as a physician takes a bacillus out of the body’s circulation.”

        1. Moscow or Middlebury? Right now Moscow is more liberal while Ronco and his fascist cohorts represent the suppression of free speech

        2. Congratulations. It is fascists like you who represent the modern Goebbels, who was notorious for inciting thugs to attack people advocating free speech.

    1. No, your idea that this is the root of the problem is the root of the problem.
      As well as your violent, intolerant tendencies.
      I hope Prof. Murray presses charges.

      1. >> I hope Prof. Murray presses charges.

        We should be so lucky for him to denigrate himself in front of the world a second time

    2. By the way, nice censorship of the original students’ sentence. You are aware that not putting an ellipsis (three dots “…”) between quotation marks when representing a direct quote is academically illegal, right? But, did you know what is even more illegal? Not putting ellipses marks where there isn’t even an ellipsis. You twisted the student body’s words out of context.

      This is what you wrote:

      ‘The administration’s support of speech is an intense act of aggression.’

      The original quote read:

      “The administration’s support of a platform for white nationalist speech was an intense act of aggression”

      Kids, this should be all you need to know.

  37. ” whom the Southern Poverty Law Center designates as a white nationalist ”

    The SPLC did wonderful work during the Civil Rights era but was taken over by radical leftists and has long since abandoned any pretense to integrity.

    “reciting speeches and chanting in a peaceful and organized expression of their dissent. After people were denied entrance to the building, they gathered outside, protesting with impromptu chanting and noise-making. Over the course of the livestream, alarms went off three times, which further disrupted Murray’s speech and Q&A.”

    The First Amendment guarantees you the right to peaceably assemble and present grievances to the government. Blocking someone else’s ability to speak to a group that invited him and that wanted to hear him is not peaceable assembly.

    “One person blocked the sidewalk, holding a large sign in front of Murray. In the first of a series of disproportional and escalating acts of violence, security personnel immediately and without warning began pushing and pulling protesters out of the way as soon as they were within arm’s reach. Some people were thrown to the ground by security personnel, and one person was struck hard in the chest.”

    Physically blocking someone’s ability to lawfully proceed is not peaceable assembly. If you do that there is no requirement to warn you. This reaction, especially when surrounded by a like-minded mob, is not disproportionate.

    “Protesters then surrounded the parked car, with some pushing on the sides of the car. Several people stood behind the car, yet Burger attempted to back out of the parking spot. He managed to back out by inching through a throng of security personnel and protesters. He proceeded to drive through the crowd. At times Burger accelerated forward into protesters. Security personnel pushed, grabbed and dragged students and community members to the asphalt to clear the area around the car. Security personnel inflicted bruises and other physical harm on many people.”

    Surrounding a car with people in it attempting to leave, pushing on the car and otherwise impeding it’s progress is not peaceable assembly. It’s not even legal! Based on that and on the previous actions of the mob Mr. Burger and the other people in that car had legitimate fear for their safety. His reaction and that of the security personnel was not disproportionate.

    “A traffic sign with a concrete base was knocked over in the path of the car.”

    Impeding the progress of that car was not peaceable assembly. It also sounds like vandalism, and it endangered the inhabitants of the car.

    “Burger was warned to stop by hand gestures and verbal warnings from multiple officers and protesters standing directly in front of the car. Instead, he accelerated into them and the concrete base, wedging a student between the car and the sign post, pushing both for a couple seconds and generating sparks and loud screeching. Burger showed no signs of stopping the car so people attempted to slow the car down to ensure the safety of the pinned student.”

    Mr. Burger was certainly in fear of his safety and the very last thing he should have done was stop so that the mob could surround him and his passengers. The pinned student’s presence in front of the car and near that sign was his own fault. Mr. Burger’s first priority was his own safety and that of his passengers, who had done absolutely nothing to warrant the assaults they were subjected to.

    “Fortunately, someone was able to yank the student up from between the car and the sign post before the student was injured or killed. The sign was righted and Burger continued attempting to build up speed, at times running into protesters at around 5 miles per hour, sending people onto the hood of the car. The crowd began to disperse as Burger turned onto VT Route 30/South Main Street. A person was still on the hood of the car. Consistent with security personnel’s shouts to “go faster,” Burger accelerated to approximately 25 miles per hour, at which point the person, fearing for their safety, rolled off the hood and into the middle of the road across from Meeker House. Burger did not stop, and drove away from the person lying in the road.”

    Impeding the progress of that car was not peaceable assembly and was likely illegal. It was the protesters’ responsibility to stay away from that car and certainly to stay off of it and out of the street. I myself would have been scared half to death. I would certainly have sped up faster than anyone in that mob could run and prayed that none of them had a firearm.

    “The actions of Vice President for Communications Bill Burger and Public Safety officers threatened students and community members for Murray’s benefit.”

    Good. That was their job. The students and community members had gone past acting as protesters and had become a violent mob. Any injuries done to them were due to their own bad actions and Mr. Burger’s need to protect himself and his passengers from them.

    “The administration’s support of a platform for white nationalist speech was an intense act of aggression towards the most marginalized members of the Middlebury community.”

    Have you ever read the man’s work? Have you listened to him speak? I’ll bet the answer is “No”, in which case you have no legitimate basis to call him a white nationalist – or to call yourselves scholars or intellectuals.

    “Furthermore, peaceful protest was met with escalating levels of violence by the administration and Public Safety,”

    Your protest was clearly not peaceful. Violence had to be met with violence to protect the people towards whom the violence was directed.

    “… who continually asserted their support of a dangerous racist over the well-being of students.”

    Again – have you read his work? Have you listened to him speak? No? Then you have no basis to call him a racist. Note that I have never read his work or listened to him speak. But the First Amendment protects his right to speak, and there is no “hate speech” exception to the First Amendment so my – and your – opinion of his views are moot with regards to his right to show up at the school, express his views without interference and then leave safely.

    “Burger and Public Safety personnel should be held accountable for these acts through appropriate disciplinary channels.”

    They should give him a cash award for performing his job above and beyond his job description. The people involved in drowning out the speaker should be disciplined and required to take a course on the First Amendment. People involved in impeding them on foot or in their car should be expelled and arrested.

    1. The corporate deep state shrewdly understands that where there is an argument, there is a) some presumption of legitimacy in the otherwise uninformed public eye for opposition to rational grassroots movements, and likewise 2) the potential for eventual politicization of a fundamentally non-political issue. This slow-roll method of dogging social progress, or investing against it, in the face of overwhelming scientific and moral evidence is good enough for the deep state, which has funded the kooky arguments of eugenicists for over a hundred years and, for at least the past forty, those of climate change denialists. The idea that long-debunked-by-science eugenicists like Charles Warren have anything to offer general society today is a fiction; their antiquated opinions, once cherished by the Nazis, would have been as long ago abandoned as Flat Earth Theory had it not been for their overlapping with corporate interests, and their subsequent corporate patronage. In the recent past, when people like Warren raised their voices at college campuses, they were simply and rightly, more or less, laughed at and ignored. Now, however, their financiers have seized the power of the state. They did not do this through grassroots popularity of ideas like Warrens’. They did it through violent force, trickery, and other unethical means, only one of which was funding fake debates. It should be no wonder, then, that enraged citizens are suddenly confronting the deep state and its minions at every doorstep and corner now, or that the deep state appears to be so expectant of it; eugenicists like Charles Warren do not have these attack-hungry security details following them around, and beating up college kids who try to peacefully encircle them, through grassroots financing. People like Charles Warren, suddenly with a hostile and hated U.S. Administration behind them, would not exist in their current state were it not for corporate financiers. By extension, then, people like Warren do not exist for an honest social debate, much less for the truth’s sake. That is merely their innocent-sounding cover, and why attempting to engage them on their self-awarded battlefield of serious, good-faith debate may be in most cases dangerously-legitimizing folly. Their arguments have already been long ago debunked, even fought and killed and died over. What they are really here for today is to advertise. They get paid, now, to artificially shape the discussion in favor of unethical and unsustainable corporate profits; to delegitimize rational grassroots opposition to these profits; and to normalize the oppressive arguments of racism that have degenerated the general human experience for thousands of years while enriching only a morally-bankrupt few.

      1. Who the heck is this Charles Warren? (Geez, it’s really gotta eat at you to spend so much time on such a “deep” comment when you only end up looking silly.)

      2. Once again, Charles Warren? Who the heck is that?

        Geez, it’s really gotta eat at you when you repeatedly screw up something so elementary in a “deep” comment that clearly took a long time to write. Way too long btw (you have too much time on you hands, Paul.)

  38. You and your violent, intolerant, self-regarding friends should be expelled. Let’s hope the university has the gumption to do it, though I doubt they will.

  39. No conservative needs to protect himself from assault from leftist students, and should just leave the prevention to the Police who are properly equipped to investigate following the event’s completion. Conservatives exercising self defense against mobs interferes with and makes the alleged crime a “non-event,” which unnecessarily complicates the Police investigation. Any conservative who does this should be put in jail for interfering with an investigation.

  40. My prediction: The school will wait till attention dies down, and then sweep it all under the rug. That’s the usual way universities deal with the depredations of their deranged leftist students.

  41. The faculty members who instigated, aided and abetted this violence should have had their offices boxed up and on the sidewalk yesterday. It’s well known on campus who they are and administration is already failing.

    I predict the writing is on the wall for Patton, she already did a big misstep trying to get funds from the SGA. Miscommunication? sure, that’s it…..
    The Middlebury brand is getting damaged and the bottom line hurt, when the board sees this, she’ll be asked to resign.

  42. College administrators have two choices:

    1) They announce beforehand that security adequate to the task will be assigned to future events, and that the security forces main goal will be to ensure that the event is conducted as scheduled regardless of the level of force required. They also announce that whoever attempts to interfere will be disciplined to the fullest extent possible both academically and legally, up to and including expulsion and arrest. They then carry through on these statements.
    2) They allow these incidents to escalate – notice how they’re escalating? – until someone gets shot, either by a member of the mob or by someone defending themselves against the mob.

    They THINK they have more choices than this.

    They don’t.

  43. Should a student be overheard or perceived voicing an opinion contrary to prevailing group-thought, the Midd Mob will put them in their place … as a pariah, veiled threats, ostracized, etc. The old soviet / china “red guard”-style denunciations hold sway … purge reactionary thought, cleanse it from the student body. Anything inaccurate ’bout that sorta atmosphere and unspoken perception at Midd today?
    Applicants, that too can be your world for 4 years for a mere quarter million+ of someone else’s hard- earned dollars.

    1. These “opinions” would not exist in 21st century American life if they were not funded by the same deep state corporations that gave us climate change denial. Murray is a well-paid employee of the so-called American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C. It’s not legitimate debate. It’s slick corporate advertising on the backs of minorities.

      1. Do you really believe regular folks on the street are so effectively mind-controlled by others (funded or not), so incapable of independent thought, logic, nor self-realized, rational conclusions, to the point where “opinion” contrary to prevailing group-think “would not exist in 21st century American life”? That’s pigs in space stuff my man. Methinks you haven’t seen the ball since kickoff, or ya haven’t been on the block punchin a time card at all.

      2. Clearly thugs like you represent the modern Goebbels. Go join the modern version of the SA or the KKK. Liberal education is wasted on fascist yahoos!

  44. Another prestigious corporate deep state pseudoscience racist/eugenicist is kicked off of campus (Charles Murray of the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, also known as the American Enterprise Institute, or AEI, a conservative think tank based in Washington, D.C.). Five years ago, when people like Murray came to college campuses to peddle their well-protected, corporate-funded, corporate-approved racism, few cared; even fewer protested; and the speeches were allowed to passively take place. Look at where that ‘tolerance’ got us– even though, according to the student organizers’ account, it was Murray’s deep state corporate security team that struck out violently first, and then sought to drive into and over them with cars. From Wikipedia:

    “The Southern Poverty Law Center described Murray as a white nationalist who uses “racist pseudoscience and misleading statistics to argue that social inequality is caused by the genetic inferiority of the black and Latino communities, women and the poor.”[32][33]

    “Murray has published opinion pieces in The New Republic, Commentary, The Public Interest, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, National Review, and The Washington Post.[37] He has been a witness before United States House and Senate committees and a consultant to senior Republican government officials in the United States and other conservative officials in the United Kingdom, Eastern Europe, and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.[37][citation needed]

    “In the April 2007 issue of Commentary magazine, Murray wrote on the disproportionate representation of Jews in the ranks of outstanding achievers and says that one of the reasons is that they “have been found to have an unusually high mean intelligence as measured by IQ tests since the first Jewish samples were tested.” His article concludes with the assertion: “At this point, I take sanctuary in my remaining hypothesis, uniquely parsimonious and happily irrefutable. The Jews are God’s chosen people.”[38]”

  45. From the New York Times article online, “Daring Research or ‘Social Science Pornography’?: Charles Murray,” published October 9, 1994

    “The phenomenon is one that he [Murray] himself has at least inadvertently acknowledged. “Why can a publisher sell it?” he asked in the proposal for “Losing Ground.” “Because a huge number of well-meaning whites fear that they are closet racists, and this book tells them they are not. It’s going to make them feel better about things they already think but do not know how to say.””

  46. P-A-T-H-E-T-I-C. Poor snowflakes can stand views they don’t agree with. Rather than debate, shut them down. What a sad state of affairs these liberal colleges have become. No wonder why they get run over when its time to go out in the real world!

  47. The authors of the original article appear not to know the meaning of the word “eugenicist,” nor to have read The Bell Curve. I’d bet the same applies to most of the proto-fascists who think they have the right to prevent other people from hearing a speaker they invited. The fact that some, or even many, people don’t read the book carefully, misinterpret what it tried to convey, and used their misinterpretation to bolster their own ideology, is not Murray’s fault.
    The administration said the right words, but they should back those up with the right actions: disciplinary measures against students and faculty who were seen on camera to have participated in violence or any kind of physical aggression, and charges against “outsiders” who meet that criterion.

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