Student protesters interrupted a Charles Murray speech for 40 minutes Wednesday night at the University of Michigan.
The protesters chanted over Murray and, after remaining silent for brief gaps, would individually talk over the speaker while he was trying to make his arguments, according to Campus Reform.
Protesters disrupted the event with chants of “Charles Murray, go away! Racist, sexist, KKK!” and “No alt-right, no KKK, no fascist USA!” One senior student said she thought the crowd would want to hear her speak more than Murray, and her statement received cheers and applause.
“I’m a woman of color in science,” the student said. “Someone who you say does not exist or does not contribute to the field academically. I’ve got three papers with my name on it and I’m a senior in college. You only did [your work] with your white male friends and that’s why it’s crap and has ignored the fundamentals of basic science.”
Murray asserted that if his bell curve model of intelligence contained anything racist, it would have gone viral a while ago.
“Protesters did disrupt the event for a period of time,” university spokeswoman Kim Broekhuizen told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “The speaker was able to continue with his talk and Q&A with the audience.”
Broekhuizen directed TheDCNF to the school’s free speech policy, which states that “protesters must not interfere unduly with communication between a speaker or artist and members of the audience.” The policy proceeds to mention that “the standard of ‘undue interference’ must not be invoked lightly, merely to avoid brief interruptions, or to remove distractions or embarrassment.”
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