Do not provoke or ridicule Charles Murray demonstrators, Indiana University handout advises

If there’s anything more frightening to college students in 2017 than a Chick-fil-A Express in the student lounge, it’s a visit by Charles Murray, who wrote … a whole bunch of stuff, but never mind that … “The Bell Curve.”

Murray has been inspiring meltdowns on college campuses across the country this spring, most recently at Indiana University in Bloomington.

Friend at Indiana U reports there are cops with flak jackets and sniper rifles on roofs of buildings ahead of @charlesmurray talk there.

— Daniel Foster (@DanFosterType) April 11, 2017

It’ll take more than that to stop Charles.

— Jonah Goldberg (@JonahNRO) April 12, 2017

@JonahNRO Read this as @JonahNRO saying @charlesmurray could dodge sniper fire if necessary to deliver lecture. 10/10 would watch the movie version

— Katherine Mangu-Ward (@kmanguward) April 12, 2017

@kmanguward@JonahNRO Me too.

— Charles Murray (@charlesmurray) April 12, 2017

An open letter with over 170 signatures was not enough to make the University break its silence on Charles Murray.

— IndianaDailyStudent (@idsnews) April 11, 2017

Wow, 170 signatures. And yet … he persisted.

Like other “controversial” speakers who have inspired college students and faculty members to look inward and conclude that free speech isn’t that important after all, Murray was met with hundreds of protesters who aren’t nearly as brilliant as they’ve been led to believe.

Take the Young Democratic Socialists, for example, who were upset that their steep college tuitions weren’t going to ensure the campus was an open and safe place for marginalized groups and instead to protect a speaker who doesn’t represent the interest of the students. And IU tells them to be critical!

Our full statement on Charles Murray and today’s protests:

— YDS Bloomington (@YDSBloomington) April 11, 2017

I didn’t know who Charles Murray was until I looked him up & let me say… I’m appalled that IU would support these types of “opinions”. Ew

— SZ ✨ (@ShaylaZion_) April 11, 2017

Disappointed Charles Murray, a white supremacist, is giving a speech at @IUBloomington today. What are you trying to promote? Hate? Racism?

— Jackie Rodriguez (@_JackieRdz) April 11, 2017

Those who dared hear what Murray had to say were given a handout suggesting they neither provoke nor ridicule protesters if they did not wish to engage them.

This handout was given to people as they entered Franklin Hall for Charles Murray’s talk

— IndianaDailyStudent (@idsnews) April 11, 2017

Oh, and here’s a protester in a unicorn mask flipping off the police.

A kid wearing a unicorn hat flips off police outside Franklin Hall 30 mins before Murray talk

— Melanie Metzman (@melanie_metzman) April 11, 2017

— Sarah Verschoor (@SarahVerschoor) April 11, 2017

“IU betrayed us,” protesters chant.

— Rachel (@rachelleffers) April 11, 2017

— Lydia Gerike (@lydi_yeah) April 11, 2017

Several hundred IU students protesting speaker Charles Murray.

— Emily Longnecker (@EmilyWTHR) April 11, 2017

Protestors chant vulgarity towards Presidents Hall from outside while Murray speaks inside. Warning: explicit content.

— IndianaDailyStudent (@idsnews) April 11, 2017

Thank goodness we were spared whatever hateful nonsense Murray had to say.

Protestors getting close to police

— Sarah Verschoor (@SarahVerschoor) April 11, 2017

Stella has returned

— Sarah Verschoor (@SarahVerschoor) April 12, 2017

.@idsnews Stella thanking protestors, said they could hear that chants inside. She said police did not say what she was arrested for.

— Hannah Boufford (@hannahboufford) April 12, 2017


Occupy supports IU students attempting to protest Charles Murray’s lecture despite IUPD inhibiting their rights to assembly and free speech.

— Occupy Purdue (@occupypurduewl) April 10, 2017

A car drove through the Sample Gates to escort Charles Murray out of Franklin Hall and away from protests.

— IndianaDailyStudent (@idsnews) April 12, 2017

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