The American Civil Liberties Union held an event at the College of William & Mary titled, "Students and the First Amendment," and ironically, a handful of Black Lives Matter students hijacked the event and prevented the invited guest from speaking.
According to Reason.com, the students took over the stage minutes after Claire Gastañaga, a W & M alum, began speaking. Gastañaga tried to demonstrate some woke inclusiveness by welcoming the disruption as an example of the very rights she was there to discuss, but the students weren't there for a discussion.
They began drowning her out with chants of "ACLU, you protect Hitler, too!" and "The oppressed are not impressed!" and "Shame, shame, shame, shame." Not too catchy, that last one. They also chanted, revealingly, "The revolution will not uphold the Constitution" and incoherently, "Liberalism is white supremacy!"
This went on for nearly 20 minutes, according to Reason, before the protest's leader delivered a prepared statement. The disruption, which was livestreamed on BLM at W&M's Facebook page, was apparently payback for the ACLU's defense of the Charlottesville alt-right's civil liberties.
Black Lives Matter and the far left generally speaking don't even bother pretending to debate or respect the First Amendment anymore. Their tactic is simply to shut down and shout down all opposing speech. As it has on college campuses elsewhere, this tactic worked at William & Mary. Organizers were forced to cancel the event. Some members of the audience attempted to speak with Gastañaga, but the protesters surrounded her and began chanting even louder, until everyone else left.
Reason.com correctly described the college's subsequent statement as "incredibly tepid." It read, in part:
Silencing certain voices in order to advance the cause of others is not acceptable in our community. This stifles debate and prevents those who've come to hear a speaker, our students in particular, from asking questions, often hard questions, and from engaging in debate where the strength of ideas, not the power of shouting, is the currency. William & Mary must be a campus that welcomes difficult conversations, honest debate and civil dialogue.
Well, it if must be such a campus, then it's up to administrators to do something about those who are doing the silencing. There must be serious swift repercussions for totalitarian behavior from so-called students who put radical activism -- of any stripe -- above their own education and others'.