BLM Protesters Shut Down ACLU Free Speech Event

Sandor Farkas, Campus Reform, October 5, 2017

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Black Lives Matter protesters shut down an American Civil Liberties Union discussion on free speech at the College of William and Mary last week before it even began.

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The September 27 event featured Claire Guthrie Gastañaga, the executive director of the Virginia chapter of the ACLU, as a guest speaker.

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Moments after Gastañaga began speaking, 14 members of the college’s BLM chapter filed into the front of the room, some dressed in black clothes.

“Good, I like this, this is good.” Gastañaga commented before resuming her speech.

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The protesters quickly formed a line obscuring the stage and began to shout, “A-C-L-U, you’d protect Hitler too!”

Later, the protesters shouted “shame!” as they held signs obscuring their faces, including a large banner that read, “blood on your hands.”

After twenty minutes of chanting everything from “the revolution will not uphold the Constitution” to “liberalism is white supremacy,” one of the event’s student hosts gave the protesters a microphone, which the protesters’ spokeswoman used to condemn the ACLU’s support for the constitutional rights of white supremacists.

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“When is the free speech of the oppressed protected?” she asked.

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After ten minutes of continued chanting, the hosts cancelled the event.

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After the cancelation, students in the audience approached Gastañaga and attempted to ask her questions and discuss the protest. The BLM protesters promptly encircled the students, chanting to prevent Gastañaga from responding to their questions and concerns.

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The protesters continued shouting for almost an hour until all but a few attendees had left the room. After livestreaming the protest on its Facebook page, “Black Lives Matter W&M” took responsibility for disruption, writing, “Tonight, we shut down an event at William & Mary.”

“It’s not just the ACLU that has done this, it’s liberal organizations,” the BLM group said in a statement provided exclusively to The Black Voice. “Most liberal students on this campus believe that white supremacy should be valued as free speech, as discourse, and we firmly disagree with that.”

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