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It's Not Only Black Lives That Matter

By Rob Tenery, MD on May 8, 2017

The First Amendment to the Constitution guarantees freedom of speech. Specifically, the amendment prohibits abridging (cutting short) the ability to express ones self.  Why then was Heather Mac Donald, the author of In The War on Cops: How the New Attack on Law and Order Makes Everyone Less forced to stream her speech at Claremont McKenna College south of Los Angeles from a vacant room on the college campus? Also her podium was moved away from a window so that, as night fell and the lights inside came on, and she would not be visible to the agitators outside. The debacle of conservative Ann Coulter whose scheduled speech at Berkeley was cancelled for fear of violence is another example.

Mac Donald’s book chronicles the misguided and malicious attacks on the law enforcement community that are spreading across the country. The college had invited her to speak on her book and meet with the students. But after several postings on Facebook to “shut down this notorious white supremacist fascist Heather Mac Donald,” she was forced to hole-up in a guest suite for campus visitors, with blinds drawn. Another Facebook post from “We, students of color at the Claremont Colleges. As a community, we cannot and will not allow fascism to have a platform. We stand against all forms of oppression and we refuse to have Mac Donald speak.”

Shortly before her scheduled presentation, Mac Donald was taken by an administrator and a few police officers to an out-of-the-way elevator into the college’s Athenaeum--- a massive hall, where she was supposed to meet with students for dinner before her talk. It was empty! A mob outside, numbering close to 300, was pounding on the windows and preventing anyone from entering.

Mac Donald questions, “Where are the faculty? American college students are increasingly resorting to brute force, and sometimes criminal violence, to shut down ideas that they don’t like. Yet when such travesties occur, the faculty are, with few exceptions, missing in action, though they have themselves been given the extraordinary privilege of tenure to protect their own liberty of thought and speech. It is time for them to take their heads out of the sand.”

The growing disharmony at many of America’s college campuses is a symptom of a much larger problem--- discrimination. Whether it’s the blacks that face higher levels of unemployment and poverty or females of all races who earn the equivalent of 80% of their male counterparts, portions of these groups feel downtrodden. Unfortunately, they cry out, wanting to be heard and their grievances addressed.

The riots in Ferguson, Baltimore and the Women’s March on Washington across the country the day after Donald Trump was inaugurated demonstrate the growing undercurrent that threatens the very future of the country.  On the surface these demonstrations appear to be about human rights--- limiting the opportunities for the blacks and women. In many ways they are asking for their voices to be heard.  The problem is these outbursts inhibit the free speech of others who might disagree and often curtail the very causes they are trying to rectify?

The Black Lives Matter movement arose out of a perceived targeting of blacks by community law enforcement. Granted, society needs a better understanding of the origins and ideologies of these supposed victims (specifically blacks and women) in violent situations.  The growing wave of discord among those who feel victimized often appears more organized and staged suggesting that they, at the least, are being exploited and funded by those with far left liberal agendas, such as George Soros’s organizations under the umbrella Open Society Foundations (OSF).

Black lives matter, but so do whites and all shades in between. Recently, participants of the Black Lives Matter movement have infringed on the Constitutional rights of free speech and to congregate by those that disagree with them. They seem to ignore that those lives, and their rights, matter just as much!





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