An ICE official was set to give a speech at Northwestern University but students shut it down by invading the venue and shouting. How did our institutions of higher education turn into places where people trying to speak get shouted down?
The Washington Times reported:
Northwestern University students shut down ICE speaker
Northwestern University students shut down a sociology class Tuesday to protest an appearance by an Immigration and Customs Enforcement public relations officer.
Beth Redbird, an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at the private Chicago college, told Time magazine that she was forced to cancel the class over concerns for the speaker’s safety after student protesters showed up chanting and waving banners.
Ms. Redbird said she just wanted to start a discussion about immigration policies.
“The goal was to bring in somebody who was familiar with how that agency is structured,” she said.
A Department of Justice representative was also slated to speak during Tuesday’s class, Ms. Redbird told the Daily Northwestern, a student newspaper.
The protesters argued that the officer’s presence on campus posed a threat to undocumented students…
“We are deeply disappointed in the conduct of a group of students Tuesday that resulted in the disruption of a lecture in a Northwestern University class,” they said. “The behavior of our students in this incident was disrespectful, inappropriate and contrary to the values of the University.
What would happen if someone tried to shout down one of these students as they tried to speak? Do you think they would complain that their rights were being violated? Of course they would.