College Disinvites Conservative Black Writer BECAUSE HE MIGHT OFFEND STUDENTS
Guest post by Aleister
Jason Riley is a writer for the Wall Street Journal. He was invited to speak at Virginia Tech but the invitation was rescinded when it was decided that he might offend the special snowflakes on campus.
The Daily Caller reports:
Virginia Tech Nixes Black Conservative’s Speech Because ‘Looney Left’ Might Protest
Officials at taxpayer-funded Virginia Tech have disinvited Jason Riley from speaking on campus because they fear “protests from the looney left.”
Riley, a member of the Wall Street Journal editorial board and a senior fellow at the free market-oriented Manhattan Institute, got the bad news late last week, according to National Review.
He had been scheduled to give a speech at Virginia Tech’s Pamplin College of Business as part of its BB&T distinguished lecture series.
The unidentified professor who had arranged Riley’s speech explained in an email that Vijay Singal, the chairman of Virginia Tech’s finance department, had decided to disinvite Riley.
National Review obtained the email.
Singal wrote that he realized that Riley, who is black, “has written about race issues.” As such, Singal chose to disinvite Riley because he was “worried about more protests from the looney left.”
The professor who informed Riley of the cancellation said Singal and faculty members who supported Singal’s decision discounted arguments that canceling Riley’s speech would amount to a capitulation to even the possibility of intimidation.
Let us imagine for a moment, what would happen if conservative students threatened to protest a black liberal speaker on a college campus. Those students would be called racists.
So why doesn’t that term apply here?