This is today's Ivy League. Universities where intellectual exchange and critical thinking were once the hallmark of intellectual life are now the hatcheries of thugs and jackbooted destroyers. Where is the great debate? Where is the diversity of thought on college campuses? Now they are American's hotbeds of hate and anti-Americansism.
The Nazi brownshirts did the same thing as the Nazis were coming to power, and in the early months of the regime: they'd show up at the classes and lectures of anti-Nazi professors, shout them down, and physically menace (and sometimes attack) the professors and their supporters in the audience.
If left unchecked, this kind of thing is the death of a free society.
Why didn't school officials eject the disruptive students instead of canceling the entire event? (hat tip DF)
Ray Kelly Booed Off Stage During Talk By Pervaiz Shallwan, WSJ
PROVIDENCE, R.I.—A small but vocal group of protesters Tuesday shouted down New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly at Brown University , leading administrators to cancel his lecture after he delivered only a few words.
The backlash to Mr. Kelly's appearance at the Taubman Center for Public Policy has been brewing for days—several student groups and Providence residents attempted to get the university to rescind Mr. Kelly's invitation, which was denied.
Mr. Kelly has been heralded for bringing crime in New York City to the lowest point in more than 50 years, but he has also been in the spotlight after a federal judge ruled that the NYPD's stop-and-frisk practice was unconstitutional because it disproportionately targets minorities.
Mr. Kelly was scheduled to give a short lecture followed by a question and answer session. The speech was intended to cover the NYPD's approach to policing and stop-and-frisk. Students booed Mr. Kelly as he was introduced by Marion Orr, the director of the Taubman Center, and began loudly talking over him when he began to speak.
At one point, Mr. Kelly asked: "Are we ready to go forward?"
The protesting continued—some students shouted about rights being violated—and after about 30 minutes administrators canceled the lecture.
"The conduct of disruptive members of the audience is indefensible and an affront both to civil democratic society," Brown University President Christina Paxson said in a news release.
Protesters said that Mr. Kelly was a divisive figure and students should have been consulted about the event.
"They decided not to cancel the lecture, so we decided to cancel it for them," said Jenny Li, 21, an environmental studies student.