Students at the Claremont Colleges plan to protest and “shut down” a speech by prominent political commentator Heather Mac Donald tonight. Mac Donald, a member of the Manhattan Institute and a contributing editor of City Journal, is scheduled to give a speech at Claremont McKenna College’s Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum.

A photo of the students’ call to protest.

According to the event’s description on the Athenaeum’s website, “The Black Lives Matter movement holds that the U.S. is experiencing an epidemic of racially-driven police shootings, and that policing is shot through with systemic bias. Contending that the central Black Lives Matter narrative is not just false but dangerous, Heather Mac Donald will explore the data on policing, crime, and race and argue that policing today is driven by crime, not race, and that the movement has caused officers to back off of proactive policing in high crime areas, leading to the largest spike in nearly 50 years, disproportionately affecting blacks.”

Student protestors plan to “shut down” the event. “Anti-Black ‘scholar’ Heather Mac Donald has been invited to speak at Claremont McKenna College,” states the protest’s Facebook page. “Join the action with students of color at the Claremont Colleges to shut her down!!”

A Facebook event titled, “Shut Down Anti-Black Fascist Heather Mac Donald” and hosted by “ShutDown Anti-BlackFascists” encourages students to protest the event because Mac Donald “condemns [the] Black Lives Matter movement,” “supports racist police officers,” and “supports increasing fascist ‘law and order.’”

“Heather Mac Donald has been vocally against the Black Lives Matter movement and pro-police, both of which show her fascist ideologies and blatant anti-Blackness and white supremacy,” the Facebook page adds. “Let’s show CMC that having this speaker is an attack on marginalized communities both on campus and off. Together, we can hold CMC accountable and prevent Mac Donald from spewing her racist, anti-Black, capitalist, imperialist, fascist agenda.”

The protest organizers do not state specifically how they plan to “shut down” Mac Donald’s lecture, though they do urge students who attend to carry posters, wear black, and “Bring your comrades, because we’re shutting this down.”

Follow the Claremont Independent on Facebook for live coverage of the protests.

 

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  • Dr. Necessitor

    They never stop to consider she may be right, and BLM may be wrong, so they will blow a golden opportunity to test her assertions during the Q&A. An entire generation has been infantilized and brainwashed into bigoted Marxist bratty robots.

    • Momo

      Part of being open-minded is entertaining other viewpoints. Heather MacDonald is entitled to her opinion, as are these students protesting her presence at CMC. As the above commenter stated, the opportunity to test her on her beliefs in the post-talk Q&A could have been great. However, I think that her coming in on the heels of the racial controversy that CMC had to endure last year, plus the recent un-solicited release of the Wabash Report at HMC have a lot to do with the intolerance shown for last night’s event.

      • Patrick

        The one thing I would add to this is that Ms. MacDonald’s remarks would not be mere “opinions”. She is a researcher and she would be teaching the audience something about the facts surrounding policing and police shootings. Many of the infants she would address would be armed with very strident unsupported opinions.

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  • Dale

    I’m going to go take a BLM. That’s my new word for crap after the last two years events.

    • Jeff

      BLM – BowL movement

  • bob

    This isn’t an article. It’s a repost and it’s clickbait.

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  • Steve Fox

    Just as I find it troubling that so may unarmed colored people are being shot by police, I am equally alarmed and disgusted by the rampant black-on-black crime.

    I notice that the Claremont “Independent” did not interview Ms. Mac Donald to counter the rest of their ultimately one sided piece. This is where journalistic integrity has been shot to shit. It starts in the colleges and spreads like a cancer.

    Illiberal snowflakes that cant take a counter argument should go home and contemplate the term Free Speech and Free Press. “You have no right to speak” is what the Nazis enforced.

    • gmmay

      “So many”? Could you quantify, approximately, about how many that might be?

      From the numbers I’ve seen, the number is miniscule. All other data I’ve seen shows that blacks (both armed and unarmed) are shot by police at a rate that closely correlates with their rate of committing violent crime. Not drug arrests, not traffic stops. Their violent crime rate.

      However, I’m open to new information. Thanks.

      • Olivia Stanley

        In the past year it’s been a whopping total of 9 unarmed black people shot by the cops. And i just said unarmed I didn’t even say unprovoked. There seems to be a pattern of reaching for the cops gun when they don’t have there own. But still let’s assume all of them were wrongly shot. That makes NINE in their “epidemic”. I wish every epidemic of everything ever only reached the proportion of freakin NINE.

  • Horace Milstead

    These pathetic excuses for thinking individuals are to worthwhile human beings as Forrest Gump is to Albert Einstein…..since they are too old to spank let them spend a little time in stocks or pillories. Also, it makes one wonder about the ability of their parents to have taught them proper behavior…..no class whatsoever. Free speech is what is a stake here and not some trumped up claim about ‘Hands up, don’t shoot’. Sounds as if they would benefit from a little time in Nigeria evading Boko Haram hordes.

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  • Steve Jergins

    There is no “epidemic of racially-driven police shootings.” There is zero evidence of that. Why is it that Hillary voters hate the police so much?

    • johnparker237

      I’m gonna go with “because they’re criminals”

  • The fascists are the ones trying to stifle free speech. These left-wing fascists call everyone they disagree with a “fascist” as an excuse to commit violence. They must be and will be stopped.

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  • Tina Ferrer

    This college has no idea what the sociology is outside of their little village. Don’t start in with this BS CMC, you‘re on our turf. I‘d say don’t forget that but you are, with putrid gusto. Patriot residents in Montclair, Claremont, Upland, Rancho Cucamonga, Ontario, Redlands, et al., are in no mood to see or even hear this. You are guests in our community. F*** our Police? We will level the village keeping only Walters standing. You brought your racist snowflake BS to the wrong town kids. Go ahead try us again……

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  • Pat Shields

    These idiots display their sheer stupidity, ignorance and immaturity more frequently than most of us have bowel movements. What a pathetic lot of fools roaming our campuses these days. The real world awaits them, should be fun to watch.

  • Yet another confirmation that BLM is little more than a racist, anti-law enforcement movement based on a false narrative and comprised of godless, leftist loons. A pathetic organization that deserves every ounce of ridicule it draws.

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  • John Sullivan

    BLM is an evil Soros-funded collectivist agitator organization committed to exploiting black lives to advance their agenda of collectivizing all of us – the exact opposite of Heather MacDonald, who actually cares about black and blue lives. The 21st century brown shirts of BLM have no qualms about shutting down free speech at a university to advance their evil collectivization agenda.

  • Cyndee Strahn-Durant

    Idiots, shutting her down IS fascism! What is wrong with people?! They’re so brainwashed that they can’t see they’ve become all of the horrible things they claim to hate. Just sad.

  • Kevin

    What if MacDonald is correct on the facts; and black communities need public safety too? These things together would mean that the protesters are siding with capitalism’s need for dysregulation and primitive accumulation (via violence). The Ford Foundation has given Black Lives Matter groups $1million for a reason.

    • johnparker237

      The reason MacDonald is being attacked is because she IS correct on the facts. MacDonald is particularly dangerous to BLM because she published an article that actually proved, with unassailable statistical arguments, that BLM’s central claim and reason for existence – that blacks are being systematically mistreated by cops – is completely false.

      When confronted by police, suspects can show a range of behavior, from complete meek cooperation, to violent resistance, pulling a weapon, etc. What MacDonald showed is that if you control for the level of behavior, suspects of other races are actually MORE likely to be mistreated by police, rather than LESS likely as BLM claims.

      Therefore, not only is BLM’s entire existence predicated on an easily demonstrable lie, if anything, the continued coddling of BLM actually reinforces the arguments of right-wing whites that they are being singled out for mistreatment by the media and the government. BLM is completely toxic; every moment it continues to exist makes American life worse, especially for blacks.

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  • Pete Parks

    Children tossing a fit.

  • Bob

    The America of freedom is disappearing before our eyes. In world war one and world war two the Germans used their colleges, universities and schools to feed propaganda into the minds of their students. It was more fascist before ww2. The student thugs beat up Jews, and called anyone who disagreed with them communists. They beat up ordinary German citizens doing nothing wrong except disagreeing with them. There is little difference between these facist left wing brainwashed thugs on our campuses today. The same scenario is being played out and the press is afraid to speak out against them because they are afraid. Like the Nazis before them these left wing extremists are making up a lie to justify their behavior, much the same as the Nazis did to the Jews. And sleepy Americans, mothers and fathers, churches, and our gov are too afraid to stand up to them. Make no mistake, hate and evil are not fought with violence, they ARE violence. Shame on America for allowing Godlessness to rampage in our country.

    • johnparker237

      I agree with everything you said except that “the press is not speaking out because they are afraid”. The press is not speaking out because they basically endorse and support the behavior. Just yesterday, James O’Keefe exposed a New York Times reporter bragging that he was a member of Antifa and enjoyed beating up conservatives. The so-called mainstream media and the ultra-left fanatics are LITERALLY THE SAME PEOPLE.

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  • Regbs

    This is the result of Jewish influence. Jews hate free speech for Gentiles and freedom of any kind for Gentiles. Jewish supremacism is the biggest enemy of free speech. Note its fear of rational discussion of the holocaust industry’s untenable claims and criminalization of applying science and reason. Jewish Bolsheviks Jews were 6 % of the Russian population, yet 70% of the Bolshevik leadership that killed more Christians than German Socialists killed Jews. The Jewish over-representation in subversive destructive parasitism had been a repeatable across the ages in every civilization unfortunate enough to host it.

    • Oldgraymary

      You are as pathetic as the know-nothing’s who are trying to stifle free speech.

      • daniel

        Why is it forbidden to call this one group out? There is nothing wrong with pointing to reality. Doesn’t mean one has to support camps and a second Holocaust.

    • Bob Trower

      REGBS, your NAZI is showing! So is your lack of brains!

    • peacenow4all

      The only free speech Jews don’t like is that of neo-Nazis calling for the destruction of Jews. Other than that they are among the greatest supporters of free speech in the world and Israel is the most open, tolerant country in the Middle East, surrounded by Arab nations who are dedicated to its destruction. I’m not saying this for your benefit, my neo_nazi friend, only for those who might read the commentary section. There are also many Jews who support the rights of even neo-Nazis like yourself to speak your lunacy and will defend you in court.

      • johnparker237

        I agree with you about Israel. However, the modern “progressive” left has a very major, obvious problem with free speech and Jews are very heavily represented in the modern left, especially in media organs and in academia. It would be nice if we could openly discuss facts like these – and they are facts – without being called Nazis.

        It would also be nice if we could all agree that NO demographic group is above criticism and accountability.

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  • Bob Trower

    It seems touch day that young people have no intentions of going to college to learn and become better and smarter people.
    Today they take pride in showing how ignorant they actually are! And the sad part, they are proud of that stupidity! These are sad days for America.

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  • Nik, knot the St. Farm lozer

    Shutting down free speech? Why are these peeps not expelled?

    • johnparker237

      Because the administrators and professors are far-left wackos who basically agree with what they are doing.

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    Black Lives Matter = Black NAZIs.

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  • Kevin Herman

    Yes, talking about crime data in a non emotional factual matter makes one an evil waycist that supports the bogeyman of seestimatic waycism. I spell those words that way because thats how half these people would spell those words without a spell checker. When the left can’t refute data they refute to labeling the person making the arguments they can’t refute as some kind of -ist or -phobe. Heather MacDonald is brilliant quite frankly and very data driven something I thought the left adored.

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