When Charles Murray was invited to hold a lecture at Middlebury College, nobody was expecting a hoard of violent protesters to turn the speech into a mini social revolution. At first, the protests were peaceful, but as things escalated, a professor ended up suffering a concussion and what was supposed to be a lesson for Murray turned into indirect proof that his theories are based on real experiences.
Why Is Charles Murray Such a Controversial Figure?
Charles Murray, Ph.D., is an avid supporter of the White Nationalist ideology, an advocate of the elimination of welfare, affirmative action, and racial inequality. His books, Losing Ground, The Bell Curve, and Deeper Into the Brain have been cited and used by Republicans, the most famous example being Bill Clinton’s success in deforming welfare.
Murray spent most of his academic career trying to revamp theories that reject the concepts of egalitarianism and equality. His work is an endless effort to prove that intelligence is strongly tied to race and genetics, poor people having laziness embedded in their genes and black individuals being unable to succeed in academia due to their low IQ.
“A huge number of well-meaning whites fear that they are closet racists, and this book tells them they are not. It’s going to make them feel better about things they already think but do not know how to say.”
The white supremacist even went as far as to say that mothers on welfare who are seeking employment have an average IQ of 80. In case you were wondering, such a score implies a below average intelligence.
What Happened at Middlebury College?
As Murray took the stage, hundreds of students bearing signs disrupted his lecture, chanting with their backs turned to him. The Middlebury protesters made it impossible for Murray to continue his lecture, so he was moved to a closed doors auditorium where he finished delivering his speech.
When Murray exited the campus location, the protesters confronted him. Chaos ensued when security forces intervened, one of the faculty members accompanying Murray ending up hospitalized due to a concussion.
While the protesters had a right to express their disdain of Murray’s theories, violence is never the answer, especially when the sociologist based his books on the idea that racial minorities have low IQs and are thus prone to violence.
The Middlebury protesters are now facing severe criticism from both liberals and right-wingers. Moreover, the media has been categorizing the students as an
“intolerable mob that adopted the same attitude it was protesting.”
This is not the first time Murray spoke at Middlebury College. During his previous visit, he patronized a group of black students who asked questions during the Q&A session, attracting the rage of other liberal attendees.
The Middlebury protest was justified as Murray’s extreme opinions and political influence can cause severe damage to the way minorities are perceived, but the violent outcome is being held under scrutiny as it only proved Murray’s point that representatives of certain minorities are unable to participate in an intellectual debate.
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