I wrote yesterday about Heather Mac Donald’s West Coast tour. Night before last, she was at UCLA at the invitation of the college Republicans, and was subjected to the usual inane treatment by leftists. Last night she was at Claremont McKenna College, and it was even worse.
The crowds started gathering around my speaking location and the guest suite where I had been hustled after arriving on campus at around 4 pm, chanting “fuck the police,” “hey hey ho ho racist cops have got to go,” “no justice no peace, no racist police.” The estimated crowd size at that point was about 200; it would eventually grow to around 300. Students were sitting on the stairs underneath my balcony plotting their strategy: “we need more people up here” “some of you go back,” I heard them say. I saw a girl go by with her face covered with a Palestinian style head scarf, wearing a loudspeaker on her back. I saw a lookout about 40 yards away so I didn’t feel that I could spend much time looking out over the balcony. The protesters surrounded all the doors to the Atheneum where I was supposed to speak, so none of the students who had signed up to attend my lecture could get in.
I was hustled from my guest suite by several police officers from Claremont PD into the lecture hall. It was decided that I would give the speech for live streaming to a largely empty hall. The organizers moved the podium so that it would not be visible through the windows to the students surrounding the building once night fell. We jumpstarted the timing of my talk as the crowd seemed to be getting more unruly.
I prefaced my remarks by saying that I hoped that the crowds who had been chanting “black lives matter” for the last two hours had also protested that black lives mattered when 5 year old Aaron Shannon Jr. was killed on Halloween 2010 standing outside his house in South Central Los Angeles, proudly showing off his Spiderman costume. He was killed with a single bullet to the head from a 26 year old member of the Kitchen Crips. I said that I hoped that they had protested with equal vehemence when 9 year old Tyshawn Lee was lured into an alleyway with the promise of candy and murdered in cold blood by a 22-year-old member of Chicago’s Gangster Disciples in retaliation against Tyshawn’s gangster father. The original gangster plan had been to hack off Tyshawn’s fingers and send them to his mother.
I said that Tyshawn was one of 7000 blacks killed in 2015. And while the protesters likely didn’t show up to these scenes of carnage, the cops did. They are the only government agency that works every day to ensure that black lives matter.
This is an important point that can’t be made too often.
During my speech, the protesters banged on the glass windows and shouted. It was extremely noisy inside the hall. I took two questions from students who were watching on livestream, but then the cops decided that things were getting too chaotic and I should stop speaking. An escape plan through the kitchen into an unmarked police van was devised; I was surrounded by about four cops. Protesters were sitting on the stoop outside the door through which I exited, but we had taken them by surprise and we got through them.
I gave them the thumbs up and said how friendly I thought CMC was. A student came up to me surreptitiously as I was being hustled to the cop SUV to shake my hand and thank me for coming. We temporariliy put on the sirens and hit the pedal, but no one followed us to the police station.
What Heather describes is an absolute disgrace. The College Fix has more in an article titled “Angry mob shuts down Blue Lives Matter speech at Claremont McKenna College.”
Steven Glick, a senior at nearby Pomona College, recorded much of the protest as editor of the Claremont Independent, telling The College Fix in a message Thursday that he believes some of the demonstrators were students at the Claremont Colleges, but not all.
“Several protesters were middle-aged, and some were students at other colleges. The protesters chanted things like, ‘From Oakland to Greece, f*** the police’ and ‘From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free.’”
What “Palestine” has to do with Mac Donald’s lecture is a mystery.
I tried to talk to dozens of protesters about why they objected to Heather Mac Donald, but not a single one could point to an issue they had with her work,” he said.
No surprise there. The fascists prevented students who wanted to hear Heather’s lecture from getting into the building. Campus police were in evidence, but their role was limited to protecting the rioters. This short video was shot by a professor:
Peter Uvin, Claremont’s vice president for academic affairs, put out a typically wishy-washy statement after the riot was over. There was no suggestion that any of the “demonstrators” who violated the civil rights of Claremont students and Heather Mac Donald will be disciplined in any way.
All in all, a disgraceful performance by the Brownshirts and by Claremont McKenna College.