On Thursday night, protesters descended upon the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at Claremont McKenna College (CMC) in order to prevent Heather Mac Donald, a political commentator and author, from giving a lecture scheduled for that night. The protesters were ultimately successful, as Mac Donald’s speech was cut short.

The protest was organized on Facebook by a group called “ShutDown Anti-BlackFascists,” and over 250 people—including students at the Claremont Colleges, students at other colleges, and non-students—attended. The Claremont Independent obtained a screen shot from the ShutDown Anti-BlackFascists group describing instructions for the protest.

The page states, “For white accomplices: Please keep in mind that your role at this protest, aside from acting in solidarity with POC students at the 5Cs, particularly Black students, is to serve as a buffer between students of color and the police. That means, if the police come, it is imperative that you stay at the protest with fellow accomplices and engage with cops should it come to that.” Outside the Athenaeum, protest leaders shouted, “White students to the front!”

ShutDown Anti-BlackFascists also discouraged protesters from speaking with the media, stating, “We ask that participants do not engage with CI [Claremont Independent] reporters or anyone else who is trying to derail this action.” When correspondents from the Independent, including this author, sought information from protesters, they were met with silence and often had hands, clothing, or signs pushed in their faces.

The instructions also describe an “accomplice meeting” at Scripps College where protesters can learn more information about how to handle themselves in various situations. “There is a high likelihood that campus security and police will be present,” states the Facebook page. “[S]o please attend the accomplice meeting at the Scripps Student Union today at 3:30 pm to act given that situation or one where counter protesting is taking place. It is very important that there are white bodies at the action – please show up yourself for the entire duration of the event or if not have friends who can be trusted to go in your place.”

Categories: Campus News
  • Correcting the Record

    “discouraged protesters from speaking with the media”

    No, they discouraged each other from speaking specifically with the CI. You might want to think about why that might be. Hint: It might have something to do with the fact that the subjects of your articles regularly receive death threats as a result of your coverage.

    • Brent

      Really? Where’s the proof of that?

      • bob


        In case anyone thought the CI still had any journalistic ethic

        • JJ

          What does this have to do with the CI’s “journalistic ethic”

          • JJ

            The death threats are probably coming from other people on the left, as is often the case

  • DavidB

    @Correcting the Record

    Then there is something seriously wrong with your community if this is happening. Death threats should be reported to the police, and those giving the threats jailed and expelled.

    • Lance

      What good would it do? I assume you saw the ‘police’ stand down in Berkeley the other day.

      You make the bad assumption of believing the law will be applied equally, especially in the left’s domain.

      Unless you’re a leftist yourself. Then the irony is lost.

      (Not accusing you of being a leftist, just covering bases)

      • Dave, From Oz

        The expulsion of people who are violent and/or make death threats would do an enormous amount of good. Also, these children might discover for the very first time in their lives that sometimes, actions have consequences. There’s also the minor point that a person who makes a death threat is thereby a felon.

  • Betty Samson

    Does anyone see the irony in yelling “White students to the front”?

    • Melissa

      Southpark’s Bigger Longer Uncut made a great joke about how blacks would be cannon fodder to protect the white troops just before a war with Canada.

      Southpark was commenting on racism as a bad thing. Here they meant it. Let the white kids get arrested or pepper sprayed.

    • student

      The precedent you’re alluding to was enacted and enforced by white supremacists during the US’ recent history of legalized racial segregation. This was a coalition of students of color asking for white students’ help in collective liberation.
      These are radically different.

      • mikee

        Collective liberation is the antithesis of actual individual liberty, and means something akin to “privilege for my group.”

  • Staaaagggg

    Hey Glick. How many conservative speakers has Pomona invited to its campus? Instead of bashing CMC, how about you worry about your own alma mater and your classmates (w/ Pitzer and Scripps) who turned our campus into a circus?

  • Brent

    Free speech is dead on the left. Of course, followers of communism are always afraid of differing points of view.

  • Prefer to be anonymous

    “It was also a tacit admission of intellectual defeat — an admission by the protesters that they lacked the intellectual heft, or at least the courage, to challenge on their merits Mac Donald’s assertions.”

    That quote’s from the Los Angeles Times editorial board. And there’s even stronger language against this protest in the full version (link below).

    When’s the last time the LA Times took a more hard-line approach than the CI?


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