Black Minuteman leader prepares to sue Columbia


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Desertdog
October 13, 2006, 09:24 PM
I guess the lefties belive in "Freedom of speech for me, but not for thee.

Black Minuteman leader prepares to sue Columbia
Harassed, taunted with 'N-word' during event quashed by protesters
http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=52428


An African-American member of the Minuteman Project who was harassed and taunted with the "N-word" during a speech at Columbia University has filed police reports as the first step in a lawsuit against the New York City institution.

As WND reported, angry protesters led by a radical open-borders group hurled racial insults and turned their backs on Marvin Stewart during an Oct. 4 speech hosted by the campus's Young Republicans Club. Stewart was followed by Minuteman founder Jim Gilchrist, who spoke for about seven minutes before the protesters violently stormed the stage, forcing an abrupt end to the event.

WND has learned Stewart filed two reports this week that are being handled by the New York City Police Department, one for harassment and another for stolen property.

WND columnist Jerome Corsi, also a member of the Minuteman Project, had been scheduled to follow Gilchrist with a speech drawn from the book he co-authored with the group's founder, "Minutemen: The Battle to Secure America's Borders."

A video of the chaos at Roone Arledge Auditorium, shot by Columbia University Television, can be seen here.

In a statement obtained by WND, Stewart gives his account of the events leading up to the disorder:


As an invited guess at Columbia University by Mr. Chris Kulawik, President of the Columbia College Republicans, racial epithets were hurled at me including the N-word. The protesters tried to shout me down, but I was only emboldened to continue speaking.
Jim Gilchrist came out on the stage the first time and placed his arms around me and asked me to cut my speech short, of which I refused. Then Chris Kulawik came out and asked me to conclude my speech, because of the rowdiness of the protesters. I closed my speech with the following words, "God Bless America and America Bless God."

Stewart described how the violence began:


I went to the table where Jim, Dr. Jerome Corsi and I would be conducting the Q & A portion of the program, which was to the right of the podium. At that time, Chris briefly admonished the protesters and then introduced Jim. Jim immediately walked over toward me and placed his arm around [me and looked] out into the audience and made the following statement "Who is the racist here?" and then walked back to the podium where he dialogued no more than seven minutes when the protesters stormed the stage with their banner which was unfurled to the right of me where I was sitting. I briefly did a visual of the banner. I noticed the Spanish, English and Arabic or Farsi writing on the banner, which I assumed was anti-Semitic because of all the racial epithets that were hurled at me. "
I was taken aback at what was occurring, and I went into the defense mode. I got up from the table were I was sitting, and as I was getting up, several students jumped on the stage were I was at and placed their hands on me in a threatening manner. By that time, I had withdrawn my pepper spray and pointed it at the face of one the protesters whose hand was upon me, and I spoke the following words to them, "What's your decision?" By that time, they removed their hands from me.

During this time period, I looked toward my left where Jim was because I heard a loud thud from the podium falling as a result of a large crowd of students jumping on the stage. By this time, Columbia's security approached me and asked me to leave the stage and return to the green room.

Columbia University Press quickly escorted the Minutemen from the state, taking them downstairs to the Green Room. After allowing a few minutes for the protest to subside, Columbia University Press safely escorted the Minutemen out a side door.

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XLMiguel
October 13, 2006, 09:58 PM
I saw him interviewed on Fox News this PM. If what he says is true, he may very well have a case. Here's hoping . . . could be schweet!!

Standing Wolf
October 13, 2006, 10:20 PM
Freedom of speech for me, but not for thee: Lenin surely would understand.

Vitamin G
October 14, 2006, 12:03 AM
Wouldn't it be great if the conduct of those protesting the minutemen, was responsible for the minutement to secure the financial means to build the rest of that border fence?

Autolycus
October 14, 2006, 01:34 AM
World Net Dailyis not a credible newsource. I really would not trust any of their articles.

DerringerUser
October 14, 2006, 01:40 AM
I dont really know where i stand on what happened there. I've heard both sides of the story.


I am all for keeping as many illegals out as possible, which the minutman project accomplishes, but what i dont like is when they already come into the country, and then they're deported. That really sucks, so im not sure what to do about it.

Desertdog
October 14, 2006, 01:55 AM
World Net Dailyis not a credible newsource. I really would not trust any of their articles.
I assume you can point out incorrect stories for us. Will you please do so?

Valkman
October 14, 2006, 02:26 AM
Maybe you'll believe it from the Minutemen site:

http://www.minutemanproject.com/default.asp?contentID=197

Autolycus
October 14, 2006, 02:28 AM
It is a completely biased news source. The articles are all skewed in a way that makes the conservative view seem the only logical view. If I posted articles from the Daily Worker would you deny that they are not a legitimate newsource?

I like the fact that they have a book offer for a book that sort of ties in to the article. And they are even offering me reduced shipping.

Manedwolf
October 14, 2006, 04:33 AM
Amusingly, and fittingly, the Daily Show's take on this event was a gently humorous jab at the Minutemen for "not being able to secure the stage", but a more pointed smack at the protesters for behaving like idiots and proving the Minutemen's point, sarcastically "congratulating" them for their achievement.

Good.

Art Eatman
October 14, 2006, 10:02 AM
I believe the name was Mario Savio, the initiator of the "Free Speech Movement" at the University of California at Berkeley, California. This was in the student protest era during the Vietnam War days.

Any non-leftist whose ideas didn't agree with the Free Speechers got booed to the point of impossibility for continuance of his speech. Free Speech was limited to those in agreement with the political views of the Free Speechers.

The Left hasn't changed its behavior. If you're not politically correct as they see "correct", you're not gonna be allowed to speak. Since there is rarely any need to worry about consequences for anti-social behavior on a college campus, I'm thus quite willing to believe the story of the behavior toward the Minutemen.

That the speaker was black has very little to do with the realities of the situation except as the media makes that fact important.

The editorial views of WND are well known, and the writing of their version of news items is shrill and strident. They'be never pretended to be objective, which is a step up from much of the MSM--which is damning with faint praise, I guess. I've not seen examples of their being factually incorrect, however.

The larger question is that of whether or not future speakers will be intimidated. At least this Minuteman is willing to seek some form of redress for the way he was mistreated. If others ARE intimidated, eventually only Leftist views will be heard.

"Deja vu all over again."

Art

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