Dartmouth cancels classes to address ‘massive outbreak of violent hate speech’

Dartmouth College has canceled classes tomorrow in order to offer what administrators in an email called “alternative programming designed to bring students, faculty, and staff together to discuss Dartmouth’s commitment to fostering debate that promotes respect for individuals, civil and engaged discourse, and the value of diverse opinions.”

It must be something big for Dartmouth to cancel classes, so what’s the occasion? That “massive outbreak of violent hate speech,” as author and assistant professor of English Jeff Sharlet put it, allegedly was directed toward members of a group called “Real Talk Dartmouth” who crashed a campus event last week to demand that the school address charges of sexual assault, racism, and homophobia on campus.

On its website, Real Talk described the protest as reaching out “to current and prospective students to engage in a dialogue about persistent, systematic, and structural issues of racism, sexism, rape culture, homophobia, classism, and ableism at Dartmouth.” The group posted video of the protest to YouTube, showing plenty of Occupy-style “human microphone” chants alleging that “Dartmouth has a problem.”

Dartmouth Review executive editor Melanie Wilcox lends her perspective as a journalist and student.

  • tcbaz

    I hate it when things like this happen

  • CR

    Maybe they will hand out whistles that people can blow if they hear hate speech. Or, teach people how to vomit on command on anyone saying unkind things.

    • mike_in_kosovo

      Just fill the whistle with ipecac. Suck the ipecac out, blow the whistle, puke. It’s a two-fer!

    • http://twitter.com/SmartGrunt Smart Grunt

      Silly rabbit, whistles are to prevent rape, and should only be used in the campus “Safe Zone.”

      • http://www.facebook.com/brett.mcmicken Brett McMicken

        or, in an i-phone store

    • http://www.facebook.com/brett.mcmicken Brett McMicken

      how about just point and scream like donald sutherland did in the remake of invasion of the body snatchers.

  • Clayton Grant

    ” … alternative programming” Kinda says it all.

  • http://twitter.com/1RandiStarr Randi Starr

    Will there be unicorns? pftttt
    Several of my friends go out of the way to hire 2 year degree people and I so understand why!

  • jfcarr

    Sitting around chanting, complaining and whining is a wonderful way to spend the considerable sum of money their parents worked hard to save up and/or borrowed themselves into ruinous debt to obtain.

    • Michelle

      The students sitting aren’t part of the protest. They are the ones who were barged in on. You can hear them asking the protesters to leave.

  • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

    Can’t they be tolerant and inclusive of some hate? I thought diversity meant celebrating differences.

    • truckee22

      No. To a liberal, free speech is great, as long as they agree with it.

      • trixiewoobeans

        Otherwise you’re gonna payyyyyyyyyyy, no freebies there!

    • http://www.vatican.va/ Rulz

      Different genitalia, shades of skin colour, tattoos vs piercings, sexual preferences and accents.

      Not actual POV’s or contrary ideas.

  • Kingofthehill

    will they just shut the hell up? Glad to see they are getting their $40k/yr worth… Oh yeah, daddy or the Gubment is paying. effing tards.

    • Vox_Clams

      More like $60k, but that is because about $20k a year of that goes to useless admins like the Dean who called off class for nothing.

  • Garth Haycock

    So, Dartmouth is finally going to address the hostility directed toward conservatives and Christians?

    Good on ’em!

    • truckee22

      No, that hostility is ok, fashionable and to be encouraged. Along with topics like ‘Everything bad in the world is Americas fault’ and ‘If your white, you are responsible for slavery and all forms of racism and/or poverty, etc’. And many other stimulating, self loathing topics.

      • http://www.vatican.va/ Rulz

        Interesting take by them, considering that 98% of whites in this country didn’t have any ancestors who owned Black slaves. In fact, many of them came either for freedom or the rich soils for farming.

        Furthermore, an article written in Notre Dame magazine details how immigrants from Eastern Europe and Ireland were treated worse that slaves, women and indentured servants in northeast factories.

        The author was African-American.

        • puca58

          So true, my grandmother was an indentured servant and no one has ever come knocking at my door to offer reparation. How can I get a copy of that article?

    • http://twitter.com/HotRodFan899 Gary Freeman

      It’s to make sure that no one has negative thoughts about muslims. If you want Conservatives to die horrible deaths, Dartmouth encourages that and even preaches that. But if you think the Boston terrorist should pay for what he did, Dartmouth wants to brainwash you into demanding his freedom.

  • truckee22

    Ahh, the future leaders of our nation. For some odd reason, I’m a bit worried.

  • Jack Deth

    Why can the injured parties just have a fistfight in the quad, like back in the 1960s?

    • NRPax

      Because you might accidentally knock over a drum circle.

      • trixiewoobeans

        Good one!

  • http://whatandever.blogspot.com/ Osumashi Kinyobe

    This is because universities are hotbeds of violent leftism, not academic excellence where thought and speech should flow freely.

  • Anyone00

    I’m curious: if these students were to read the text of a KKK rally speech and a work of Thomas Sowell that burst one of their ideological bubbles would they even be capable of intellectually or mentally differentiating between the two? I suspect not, and that’s very sad.
    So I have a bit of a difficulty telling if their concern are fully valid.

  • George Washington Mclintock

    Same losers embarrassing themselves for the same fake causes you find on every campus in the country. In addition, there are the same craven admins and professors falling for the same Alinsky tactics they learned back in the day. And it is simply ALinsky training of the next gen of left-wing foul-ups, as Dartmouth PD crime stats says the problems of racism, assault, and hate these morons are so worried about are ,in reality, unicorns that exist in their empty heads.

  • EastValleyConservative

    If they respected diversity of opinion, they wouldn’t call anything HATE SPEECH.

    • trixiewoobeans

      Now there you go, making sense, shame on you!

  • Christoph DeHaven

    Dartmouth used to be the most favorable Ivy League campus with respect to free speech, which is why the censors are so spun up about this. Not that that’s saying much. Fascist mobs shouting down speakers with whom they disagree is the order of the day on such campuses. It certainly was when I was a student.

  • Jer

    So students can disrupt a school event , scare a hundred high school kids and this school is more worried about a web page? The students that pushed their way into this even deserve zero respect because they showed zero respect. They should have been arrested. Our right to protest does not take away others rights to learn or meet without students acting like storm troopers to get their point across.

  • RogueRose

    They always think what they have to say is so much more important than what anyone else is doing.. spoiled narcissistic brats.

  • Ipsophakto

    The Ellen James society lives on. “Arp! Arrrrp!”. If only these protesters would have the zeal to cut off their tongues.

  • TheKingJAK

    My Father was Dartmouth Class of 1957, and boy what a different world it was back then. Still, these lefties are probably mad that Dartmouth has managed to stay far more conservative than its other Ivy League brethren. Dartmouth kept its ROTC, the President speaks highly of the Military, and they still have a large conservative frat. Stay the course Dartmouth, and don’t cave-in to these left-wing whackjobs.

  • Thursdaythe12th

    I assume that the students paying for this farce will be refunded their tuition costs for this day, as the students are paying for a service which the university is refusing to provide.

    That, or sue them for fraud.

  • PatriotRG

    the radicalization of American youth in pc madness plus the radicalization of Muslim youth in Jihadist madness = lots of dead (ill educated) American youth.

  • oneword

    All together Now….”KUMBAYA”

    • mdtljt

      …be careful there, oneword…as I recall the next two words are “my Lord” and that invocation simply MUST NOT be allowed…unless “Obama” is added after “Lord” because we all know Dear Leader is our true Lord & Savior…I’ll now go practice rape prevention via excessive vomiting…

  • NRPax

    I looked at this group’s website. I’m sure that they wanted to make a point but it has yet to surface.

  • sickofitall1096

    “FREE SPEECH, FREE SPEECH. 1ST AMENDMENT RIGHTS!!!!!!!!!” (unless I don’t agree with what you say…liberal mantra)

  • 364NKL

    My daughter had a lacrosse game in this town on Saturday, and the Obama bumper stickers were on every other car. Need I say anymore.

    • oneword

      rich liberals everywhere

  • mickeyco

    I am so grateful that my son can afford private schools & college for our kids. Didn’t matter when I was in school. You could get a good education in public schools and not be (relatively) indoctrinated in college.

  • IronButterfly

    What you need at Dartmouth is the Mod Squad. Linc, Barns and Cochran could work this out in 22 minutes.

  • http://twitter.com/Antillious Chris S

    So an uninvited group of people decided to take over an event and tell everyone there that they are racists, homophobes, bigots, etc. And now the school is all butthurt because the students being intruded on told them to pound sand? Too rich. I for one am thankful for the backlash. I think we’re either on the verge of something great, with kids getting fed up and fighting back against being told how bad they are and how horrible everything is. Or we’re on the verge of going from “teach-ins” to “reeducation camps”.

  • Jim Denney

    One thing the college professors ought to recognize is hate speech. Most of them practice it every day on conservatives, Christians, the US military, etc.

  • $35072932

    First they came for the 2nd amendment, but I said nothing because I didn’t care about the civil right of self-defense.

    Then they came for 1st amendment, but I said nothing because I didn’t care because I thought it was ‘Hate Speech’…

    • ImANiceGuy

      torcer – to twist, bend, warp

  • $27789750

    Doesn’t sound like a lot of people to me. And Dartmouth does have a problem, these screaming kids.

  • marcellucci

    Dartmouth needs to reinstate “Nappy Time, 101”

  • DurkaDurka

    @JeffSharlet “What’s the antidote to massive outbreak of racist homophobic rape fantasy speech at Dartmouth?”

    Arresting and prosecuting Professors that raise jihadists at Dartmouth.

  • BeeKaaay

    Leftwingwackos HATE free speech. If you disagree with a leftwingwacko, you have committed a graver offense than murder, terrorism, or genocide. You committed “hate speech”

  • J.N. Ashby

    Oh no! Some people said mean things! Free speech is ugly. GET OVER IT.

  • Vox_Clams

    Reliable sources note that the alleged hate speech easily could have been an inside job – the website to which the alleged “hateful” comments were posted is not really all that popular on campus – but it is anonymous – and the “protestors” (all dozen of them) seemed all too eager to parade these anonymous comments to the Dean’s office (instead of ignoring them, like all the other comments on this particular bb). More here: http://www.dartblog.com/data/2013/04/010788.php

    As for the backlash, let’s hope that it gains momentum, and perhaps creativity (lots of fun to be had here, students – just mock with all due respect).

    • Vox_Clams

      Just read the alleged “hate speech” comments – nothing all that bad in them, though a few vague “can’t we just waste them” that do seem like plants. The other comments are typical sophomoric trash talk – very Talladega Nights – mildly amusing, not laugh out loud funny, and certainly not to be taken seriously by anyone.