Williams College students invited Suzanne Venker, a writer and longtime critic of feminism, to speak Tuesday night but changed their minds and took back the invite for her talk, “One Step Forward, Ten Steps Back: Why Feminism Fails.”
Venker had been invited to participate in a student-run, alumni-funded speaking series at Williams called “Uncomfortable Learning.” The program’s purpose is to expose students to controversial voices and opinions they might not otherwise hear. Many of the speakers tend to be conservative or people whose views don’t square with those of most students.
The students who run the series decided to cancel the event, co-president Zach Wood explained, after its Facebook page began to attract acerbic comments and “things got a little out of hand.”
The page has since been deleted, but one comment, which Wood quotes in an article he posted, said, “When you bring a misogynistic, white supremacist men’s rights activist to campus in the name of ‘dialogue’ and ‘the other side,’ you are not only causing actual mental, social, psychological and physical harm to students, but you are also—paying—for the continued dispersal of violent ideologies that kill our black and brown (trans) femme sisters … you are dipping your hands in their blood, Zach Wood.”
The concern, Wood explained, was that “people would get riled up while she was speaking,” maybe even throw things, and there wasn’t time before the event to organize security. “You never know,” he said. “We’re just trying to think ahead here. The last thing we wanted to do was do something destructive.”
We don’t want those special snowflakes to be upset by contrary points of view, now do we?
During Hitler’s rise to power there was a group of Nazis called the “Sturmabteilung” (aka: Brownshirts, SA) that would break up rallies and meetings of opposing groups using violence and intimidation. Ironically, after Hitler took power their leaders were purged.
Leftists seem to think that suppressing free speech is okay as long as it isn’t their speech that is being suppressed. They will tell you that the First Amendment doesn’t apply because it isn’t the government doing the suppressing.
Which brings me to some good news:
I AM OFFICIALLY NO LONGER A DEMOCRAT!!!!
I rode that damn donkey for thirty years but all it did was bite me in the ass.
I just got my new registration card in the mail. According to California I am a “NPP” (No Party Preference)