A national group of students, Youth for Western Civilization, invited Tom Tancredo to speak at UNC Chapel Hill to discuss the in-state tution benefits the university has given to illegal aliens. In typical fashion, the leftwingnuts threw a tantrum and shut down Tancredo’s free speech in favor of theirs.
CHAPEL HILL — UNC-CH police released pepper spray and threatened to use a Taser on student protesters Tuesday evening when a crowd disrupted a speech by former Colorado congressman Tom Tancredo opposing in-state tuition benefits to unauthorized immigrants.
Hundreds of protesters converged on Bingham Hall, shouting profanities and accusations of racism while Tancredo and the student who introduced him tried to speak. Minutes into the speech, a protester pounded a window of the classroom until the glass shattered, prompting Tancredo to flee and campus police to shut down the event.
Tancredo was invited by a group to speak, but his speech lasted only five minutes. He left once protesters broke a window outside the classroom.
University Chancellor Holden Thorp said in an e-mail message to students and faculty that he had called Tancredo today to apologize for his treatment.
Campus police are investigating the incident and will pursue criminal charges if warranted, Thorp said. The students involved also could face Honor Court proceedings if there is sufficient evidence, he said.
Before the event, campus security removed two women who delayed Tancredo’s speech by stretching a 12-foot banner across the front of the classroom. It read, “No dialogue with hate.”
Police escorted the women into the hallway, amid more than 30 protesters who clashed with the officers trying to keep them out of the overcrowded classroom. After police released pepper spray and threatened the crowd with a Taser, the protesters gathered outside Bingham Hall.
……Inside the classroom, several student protesters screamed curses at Tancredo and Riley Matheson, president of the UNC-Chapel Hill chapter of Youth for Western Civilization.
“This is the free speech crowd, right?” Tancredo joked.
UNC-CH geography professor Alpha Cravey joined protesters in chanting the names of Marco Polo and Christopher Columbus.
……About 200 protesters reconvened outside the building. “We shut him down; no racists in our town,” they shouted. “Yes, racists, we will fight, we know where you sleep at night!”
Reached by phone after his departure, Tancredo said he had never been silenced by protesters, even at American University where 400 of them recently attended one of his speeches.
Police spokesman Randy Young said he couldn’t recall student protesters shutting down another campus event.
“Fascists are fascists,” Tancredo said. “Their actions were probably the best speech I could ever give. They are what’s wrong with America today. … When all you can do is yell epithets, that means you are intellectually bankrupt.”
UNC graduate student Tyler Oakley, who had organized the protest, said he regretted the broken window but not silencing Tancredo. “He was not able to practice his hate speech,” said Oakley. “You have to respect the right of people to assemble and collectively speak.”
Really? Is that why your little group of nihilist two-year olds threatened Tancredo and shut down his freedom of speech? Leftwing protesters act like rabid lunatics at the thought of anyone defending the sovereignty of the U.S. and advocating the enforcement of immigration laws. Telling the truth about illegal aliens and scofflaw supporters gets the “hate speech” label, while miscreants like Oakley get to spew all the hate speech they want.
Addtional information on Oakley:
The protest was put together by a handful of campus student groups and led by Tyler Oakley, a graduate student in the romance languages department and a member of Students for a Democratic Society.
Oh, just wonderful. A new version of the radical 60’s idiots who blew up things and killed innocent people in the name of ‘revolution’.
We’ll see if Chancellor Thorp has the ‘nads to press charges. I wouldn’t count on it, though.