The Black Lives Matter protesters who allegedly hurled racial slurs at students studying for exams in the Dartmouth College library were engaging in an activity that was a “wonderful, beautiful thing,” according to the vice provost of Student Affairs, despite the feedback she was getting from outside the school, the Dartmouth Review reported.
Inge-Lise Ameer reportedly provided this ringing endorsement of the Black Lives Matter demonstration on Monday night in a meeting organized by Latino organizations on an issue related to the arrest of a Dartmouth student at Brown University, but which apparently devolved into a discussion about the backlash to the library protest.
See footage of the campus meeting embedded below.
Ameer reaffirmed that the activity was a “wonderful, peaceful march” and that the Dartmouth provost is supportive of the protesters’ demands for more faculty diversity and other proposals. “I’m very, very sorry that you feel this way,” she added to those supportive of the demonstration who evidently feel alienated from campus life at the Hanover, New Hampshire-based Ivy League educational facility.
One of the students at the meeting with the vice provost in attendance accused those protesting the protest as “f*****g racists.”
As the Inquisitr previously chronicled, the protest by about 150 students in the library who were chanting “Black Lives Matter” took place in the wake of tensions at colleges across the nation, including the University of Missouri, as well as other prestigious Ivy League institutions such as Yale and Columbia.
“Students who refused to listen to or join their outbursts were shouted down. ‘Stand the f*** up!’ ‘You filthy racist white piece of s***!’ Men and women alike were pushed and shoved by the group. ‘If we can’t have it, shut it down!’ they cried. Another woman was pinned to a wall by protesters who unleashed their insults, shouting ‘filthy white b****!’ in her face.”
A video provided by Campus Reform (embedded below) depicts only about a minute and a half of the library protest and does not capture any profanity or intimidation.
The clip has been viewed about 780,000 times on YouTube so far, however, and prompted a strong response on social media as well as phone calls/emails to the college, with many critics wondering, in effect, why the library itself wasn’t a safe space that was free of micro aggression.
During the meeting, Vice Provost Ameer also pledged that the school would provide security for the protesters if necessary.
Since studies have shown that Ivy League faculty is overwhelmingly liberal based on their political donations, and the students likely follow suit in their ideological leanings, the Dartmouth protest to a certain degree may be a surprise to some, at least from the outside.
“… After making a girl cry, a protestor screamed ‘f**k your white tears.’ I was startled by the aggression from a small minority of students towards students in the library, many of whom were supporters of the movement…I am a proud supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement, but I was ashamed at what the protest turned into. Verbally harassing students, and disrupting people in the library is not an effective protest strategy and does not create constructive dialogue. The protest ended up polarizing the campus further. Students in the library who were not supporters of the movement were outraged and certainly did not change their minds on the issue. Moreover, I believe that the protest ended up alienating many supporters and potential supporters of the movement…”
Apparently, the protest was prompted by someone tearing down T-shirts representing “unarmed black people killed by police” this year.
Commenting on the protests at Mizzou and Yale (but not Dartmouth), New York Post writer David Kaufman explained in part that “…Having survived my own journey as a minority at a pair of elite East Coast universities, I can understand these kids’ sentiments… But the sentiment seems to drown out any discussion of much actual fact. Reared on a diet of ‘microaggressions’ and ‘hostile environments,’ ‘safe spaces’ and the need for ‘validation,’ many of these students have seemingly conflated hurt feelings with actual outright discrimination…”
Do you think the Black Lives Matter protest at the Dartmouth College library will bring people together or alienate potential allies to the cause?
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