Milo Yiannopoulos, a young gay conservative Brit and anti-political-correctness provocateur, and the student protesters at Rutgers. NJ.com reports:
“In my view, anybody who asks for a trigger warning or a safe space, should be immediately expelled” [Yiannopoulos said].
The audience loudly applauded his statement.
He said such reactivity merely demonstrates that those students “are incapable of exposing themselves to new ideas.”
“They are demonstrating that they are incapable of engaging in a humble pursuit of knowledge,” he said.
At which point, a woman yells from off camera, “This man represents hatred!” They also started chanting “Black lives matter.”
The video then pans to one side of the auditorium where two students appear to smear fake blood on their faces.
The evocative display was met with loud applause.
Members of the audience in support of Yiannopoulos booed and started chanting, “Trump, Trump, Trump!”
The protesters also splattered their fake blood, Breitbart reports:
the progressives stormed out of the auditorium, leaving a trail of red paint for the janitors to clean up.
Walls, seats, and doors were also vandalised by the protesters. Peaceful attendees who had come to hear a speech instead found themselves splashed with the fake blood. At least one attendee was allegedly assaulted by a protester, who covered him in red paint.
The rise of authoritarian-progressive political correctness, which seeks to stop the expression of ideas its adherents dislike, is met with support for Donald Trump. It’s action/reaction, and represents the sad state of left-dominated academia. It does not bode well for the country.
More. And in Britain, Peter Tatchell: snubbed by students for free speech stance:
The emails from the officer of the National Union of Students were unequivocal. Fran Cowling, the union’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) representative, said that she would not share a stage with a man whom she regarded as having been racist and “transphobic”.
That the man in question is Peter Tatchell – one of the country’s best-known gay rights campaigners, who next year celebrates his 50th year as an activist – is perhaps a mark of how fractured the debate on free speech and sexual politics has become.
In the emails, sent to the organisers of a talk at Canterbury Christ Church University on Monday on the topic of “re-radicalising queers”, Cowling refuses an invitation to speak unless Tatchell, who has also been invited, does not attend. In the emails she cites Tatchell’s signing of an open letter in the Observer last year in support of free speech and against the growing trend of universities to “no-platform” people, such as Germaine Greer, for holding views with which they disagree.
Cowling claims the letter supports the incitement of violence against transgender people. She also made an allegation against him of racism or of using racist language. Tatchell told the Observer that the incident was yet another example of “a witch-hunting, accusatory atmosphere” symptomatic of a decline in “open debate on some university campuses”.