Monday, April 24, 2017

Protests

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My mom wouldn't buy me a new Playstation so I'm now an anarchist.

Listening to liberal college administrators waxing poetic from their ivory towers, one might conclude the greatest threat to higher education is not helicopter parents who turn students into helpless babes, or a chronic lack of civics education among incoming freshman, but rather “Diversity” — the new Holy Grail of post-secondary education. Campus bureaucrats have dumped millions of taxpayerdollars into “diversity training” materials and mandated courses based on theories such as one that concludes it is racist to expect punctuality in others. In this higher education alt universe, it is taught also that gender can take on any shape, form, or color. Deliberately missing from this world view of “diversity,” of course, is any notion of diversity in speech and thought.

Take, for instance, the recent protest of Heather Mac Donald, a well-known journalist and current fellow at the Manhattan Institute. Her scheduled presentation earlier this month at Claremont McKenna College on law enforcement, was short-circuited by violent protestors. As in similar incidents, the demonstrators appeared to have no actual understanding of who Mac Donald was or what she advocated; believing simply that she was “pro-cop” and did not align with the protestors was sufficient for them to use violence to silence her.

Adding to the absurdity surrounding Mac Donald’s visit to Claremont McKenna, students at Pomona College, a member of the Claremont Colleges consortium, justified the protest of Mac Donald in a letter calling free speech “a tool appropriated by hegemonic institutions…[giving] those who seek to perpetuate systems of domination a platform to project their bigotry,” while labeling the search for truth – a fundamental premise of classical education – a “myth” of “white supremacy.” The utter stupidity of this argument would be laughable if not for the danger of its implications, in which violence is the inevitable and acceptable conclusion.

For proof, one need look no further than the recent violence at the University of California at Berkeley, instigated by radical leftist demonstrators in response to speech they declared unfit for their campus. Tragically, this scenario depicts the future of college campuses if permitted to flourish without opposition. Yet, even with the writing on the wall, this is exactly how many campus administrators across the country have chosen to respond – doing nothing. It is as if they hope by ignoring the problem, it will go away. In reality, this naïve, hands-off approach only emboldens the thugs.

Perhaps even more disturbing than the infuriating-but-predictable inaction of liberal college administrators is the complicity of government authorities in allowing this violent behavior to go unpunished. As noted in the recent Berkeley protests of Milo Yiannopoulos, police stood on the sidelines as liberal anti-fascist fascists (yes, here too irony is lost completely on them) turned the campus into a war zone. It does not take rocket science to understand how in the absence of any down side to using violence as a protest, violence continues to escalate; no surprise, then, that last weekend’s Trump rally at Berkeley ended in violence as masked thugs decided to put a stop to the event with force.

If students, and faculty, and administrators, and local law enforcement including police and prosecutors, all refuse to take this threat to free speech seriously, is it now appropriate for the federal government to step in? Trump was originally mocked for suggesting U.C. Berkeley should lose federal funding for refusing to address campus violence in response to free speech events; yet, what other option is there?

Clearly, conditions are not improving in higher education; in fact, all signs point to a worsening trend if corrective action is not taken immediately. Especially at public colleges and universities, protecting free speech is a fundamental duty of elected and appointed officials associated with such schools; including officials with the administration in Washington, the Congress, state governors and legislatures. If revocation of federal or state funding is what it takes to get the attention of college administrators, then that is what must be done for the sake of protecting the integrity of public institutions of higher education and those students who actually desire to learn.

It may also be time for Attorney General Sessions to task his Civil Rights Division lawyers to re-focus their Obama-era efforts targeting police officers, to campus officials at state-run colleges and universities who are using their authority to deny students the ability to enjoy the civil right of an education for which they and the taxpayers are paying.

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During a weekend of protests after President Trump’s decision to limit travel from known terrorist states, protesters attempted to takeover an airport in Portland Oregon.

As the crowd literally rushed through the airport doors, a lone Trump supporter stood in their way and was immediately knocked out by one of the protesters.

He remained unconscious for minutes after the assault while protesters mocked him by saying, “That’s right Nazi boy, whose your f’ing Fuhrer now, bitch!”

The attack was captured on tape and posted to YouTube.

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charlotte

Police shot a black man on Tuesday and despite the facts being in dispute, one thing is for sure, Sunday may be the biggest protest yet.

Charlotte is mad at Cam Newton for not standing up for the protestors by not taking a knee like Colin Kaepernick.

The protestors feel like people like Cam Newton, black men and women with powerful voices, should be the one’s that are protesting.

Now the protestors are threatening to surround the stadium and keep Sunday’s NFL game away from the city.

The Carolina Panthers play the Minnesota Vikings this Sunday and the game is supposed to take place in Charlotte, but if the protestors don’t get what they want, the NFL is going to pay.

The protestors want to see the video of Keith Scott getting killed and they want to make sure it is as the cops said it would be.

Police in Charlotte say that Keith Scott was holding a gun, but some of the eyewitnesses said that the gun looks like one.

Now they have a new demand, they want Cam Newton to take a knee for them or they are going to block the game.

People are always criticizing rioters when they loot neighborhood businesses, but this protest is meant to be peaceful and is designed to have the maximum effect on the wallets of the rich.

Will they follow through? We’ll find out Sunday.

Do you think blocking an NFL game will help the cause or hurt it?

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Black_Lives_Matter_protest

Back in 2009, when President Barack Obama and a Democrat controlled Congress forced ObamaCare down the throats of the American people and launched a drive to grant amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants against the will of the people, something rare happened.

Millions of average everyday Americans, sick of watching Congress do whatever it wanted to do, came together to start the Tea Party movement.

With no identifiable leader (the very definition of a bottom up popular protest movement) self-described Tea Party members began showing up at congressional Town Hall meetings, community rallies and local marches to send this simple message to the political class in Washington – we want our country back.

Entrenched politicians soon learned that they could not ignore Tea Party protesters. Tea Party activists came from all walks of life and did not divide themselves up by age, gender, color, class or creed because they were focused on a greater purpose – to keep their nation free.

Fast forward to today and the “Black Lives Matter” movement.

To demonstrate “popular” outrage against police departments, urban poverty and an outsized sense of entitlement, protesters came together to chant “Rev.” Al Sharpton’s trademark rant – “No Justice, No Peace”. Now it seems that “Black Lives Matter” protesters joined up to express their “outrage” for another reason – payday.

According to the “professional protesters” camped out at “Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment” (MORE) headquarters (a successor organization to the now defunct ACORN group) – they aren’t being paid.

This according to a report published by FrontPage magazine revealing that MORE had been paying protesters $5,000 a month to demonstrate in Ferguson. But now that the payments have stopped, the professional protesters provided by “Millennials Activists United” (MAU) are conducting a sit-in to get paid.

According to a letter dripping with anti-white racism on MAU’s website that speaks for itself:

“Early in the movement, non-profit organization MORE, formerly known as the St. Louis chapter of ACORN, and local St. Louis organization Organization for Black Struggle created a joint account in which national donors from all over the world have donated over $150,000 to sustain the movement.”

“Since then, the poor black [sic] of this movement who served as cash generators to bring money into St. Louis have seen little to none of that money.

“Questions have been raised as to how the movement is to sustain when white non-profits are hoarding monies collected of off [sic] black bodies? When we will [sic] hold the industry of black suffering accountable? The people of the community are fed up and the accountability begins here and now,” the statement said.

“We NEED to be thinking about justice for black people…” “This means white people must renounce their loyalty to the social normalcy that maintains white power and control.

If black lives really matter, justice and self-determination for black people would mean the black community would control [its] own political and economic resources. Moving forward, we are building a board of accountability within this movement.

We must funnel economic into this movement through the hands of black people who are fighting with and for black life. More on this board will be discussed as we develop.”

If Tea Party activists were paid to protest or published economic demands in letters laced with racism, it is unlikely that the Internal Revenue Service would have used its power to target Tea Party leaders, pepper Tea Party groups with paper to drive up its costs and to both to stop the Tea Party movement dead in its tracks.

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