Just when you think things couldn't get any worse on college campuses, this happens.
DePaul University President Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider issued a statement in response to the recent brouhaha caused by Black Lives Matter protesters shutting down a conservative event featuring Breitbart's Milo Yiannopoulos, likening them to the D-Day soldiers that stormed the beaches of Normandy and died facing a relentless Nazi army.
The brave soldiers who fought for freedom during World War II were on the president's mind as he is currently in France and got a chance to visit the memorial sites. Because his trip coincided with the nasty outcome of the BLM attack on free speech, Holtschneider took time to address the incident.
Three opening paragraphs of his letter were used to categorically denounce Yiannopoulos's conservative viewpoints, filing them into the "shtick" and "shock-speech" files, meant only to "incite a strong emotional response they can then use to discredit the moral high ground claimed by their opponents."
"There will always be speakers who exploit the differences within our human community to their own benefit, blissfully unconcerned with the damage they leave behind," he added.
Holtschneider did express his disappointment with the BLM protesters for interrupting the speech and said he was "ashamed" to see the black girl rip the microphone out of the moderator's hand. He apologized to DePaul's College Republicans, who put on the event, for being denied the opportunity of hearing its invited speaker.
But then there is this:
Here in Normandy, I expected to be moved by the generosity of those who gave their lives on the beaches early on June 6, 1944. I did not expect, however, to be shocked when I realized that most of the soldiers were the same ages as our students today. The rows on rows of white crosses in the American cemetery speak to the selflessness of the human spirit at early adulthood to lay down their lives for a better world.
I realize that many of yesterday’s protesters hold similarly noble goals for a more inclusive world for those traditionally held aside by our society. I realize also that these young soldiers died for all the freedoms enshrined in our Bill of Rights, including freedom of speech and assembly. We honor their sacrifice best if we, too, remember and honor all the rights of human freedom, even as we fight for more freedom and justice for all.
The only possible reaction:
The president has asked for a meeting to be organized between the College Republicans and the Black Lives Matter protesters to "reflect on how future events should be staffed so that they proceed without interruption; how protests are to be more effectively assisted and enabled; and how the underlying differences around race, gender and orientation that were made evident in yesterday’s events can be explored in depth in the coming academic year."
H/T The Daily Caller