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Citing Hurt Feelings, Northwestern University Students Disrupt Class That Invited ICE Officer To Speak

On May 16, a coalition of Northwestern University leftists disrupted a sociology class because it hosted a guest presentation from a public relations officer from the Immigration of Customs Enforcement (ICE). The students were part of MEChA de Northwestern, Black Lives Matter NU, the Immigrant Justice Project, the Asian Pacific American Coalition, NU Queer Trans Intersex People of Color and Rainbow Alliance clubs at the prestigious research university in Chicago. The class was taught by Prof. Beth Redbird, who is in her second year of teaching at Northwestern.

According to The Daily Northwestern, protesters yelled “f**k ICE” and demanded answers as to why Prof. Redbird invited the ICE officer to campus. The unnamed officer left the classroom after the disruption began and Redbird answered a series of the protesters’ questions. She said that she invited the officer to speak to explain to her class how the agency works and that she planned to invite an illegal immigrant to her Thursday class to balance out the conversation. Some of the students openly expressed dismay that Prof. Redbird and the students allowed the ICE officer to campus, citing that it would be “be hurtful to some” of the students on campus.

Northwestern University spokesman Al Cubbage told The Daily Northwestern that it was disappointing that student protesters disrupted the ICE officer from speaking, saying “[t]he University believes very much that if you have concerns about an idea or position, the solution is not to censor or prevent someone from expressing those ideas, it is to provide more discussion and more discourse.”

One of the protesters, Danielle Douge, defended the leftist coalition’s disruption, saying that she had a “right” to be in the building and a “right” to say whatever she wanted. In other words, Douge argued that she had a right to censor whomever she wanted if she felt “microaggressed” by a professor’s attempt to encourage two sides of a contentious issue.

This is leftist fascism coming to roost. The current cycle of leftist disinvitation started with George Will being barred from speaking at Scripps College; it recently reoccurred at DePaul University where it banned Gavin McInnes from coming to speak after months of allowing months of planning and an allocation of $10,000. The problem will continue to get worse unless college administrators discover their spinal columns and start demanding that their leftist students respect the institutions to which they or their parents pay exorbitant tuition rates.

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