Police advocate Heather Mac Donald faced opposition from Black Lives Matter activists at two Southern California campuses.
Mac Donald, author of The War On Cops, is a Manhattan Institute scholar and a critic of the BLM movement. She was giving her “Blue Lives Matter” presentation at UCLA on Wednesday when she was suddenly interrupted by BLM activists.
In a Facebook video posted by UCLA event organizers, attendees off camera can be heard chanting “Black Lives, they matter here!” as her speech ends (32:51 mark).
Event organizers asked for order and respect while the activists continued a loud and profanity laced demonstration, including insinuations of racism in the White House. Eventually, order was restored and people with questions were organized.
One young woman asked Mac Donald whether Black victims killed by cops mattered. “Yes,” Mac Donald answered. “And do black children that are killed by other blacks matter to you?”
On Thursday, MacDonald was scheduled to deliver another talk at Claremont McKenna College. That talk was also disrupted. According to Claremont Independent:
“Chanting “Black lives matter here” and “no cops, no KKK, no fascist USA,” protesters massed tightly around the exits, blocking fellow students from entering Mac Donald’s scheduled presentation, entitled “The War on Police.” Even faculty members who sought to enter the building were denied, with waves of protesters screaming and resorting to physical force to repel anyone who drew too close to the building. At one point, a crowd of White students screaming “Fuck White supremacy, fuck White supremacy” pushed an elderly White professor away from the Athenaeum entrance.
When the scheduled start time of Mac Donald’s presentation came and then went, the crowds earned a half-victory: Students wishing to attend the event were unable to hear Mac Donald in person, though her presentation ultimately took place over a video livestream more than an hour behind schedule.”
Content of speech material aside, there is growing concern about the suppression of free speech on America’s college campus’s.
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