Friday, March 31, 2017

Angela Davis at Marquette University

Thursday afternoon, Matt Kittle hosted Mark Belling's radio program. He interviewed John McAdams.

One of the topics they discussed was a lecture by Angela Davis at Marquette University on Wednesday.

Marquette University proudly welcomed the Communist.

From John McAdams' Marquette Warrior blog:
Ethan Hollenberger, at the event and tweeting about it notes that President Lovell called Davis an “awesome example.” This about a woman who is a self proclaimed Communist, and who bought guns for her fellow black militants in a plot that led to the killing of several innocent people.

When Ben Shapiro was at Marquette, the university required the reading of a disclaimer that noted that Shapiro’s views were not necessarily the views of Marquette University.

No such disclaimer was read at the Davis event.

Davis discussed a mural of FBI most wanted terrorist Assata Shakur, which decorated the wall of the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center at Marquette, until we reported it, and an embarrassed Marquette administration had it painted over.

Davis called the mural “whitewashed” and called Shakur “a comrade and a friend.”
Good grief.

Marquette has really lost its way.

The Davis event was held at a large campus venue. Ben Shapiro was only given a lecture hall in the Chemistry building.

It gets worse.

McAdams writes:
[W]hen Ben Shapiro, a rather mainstream conservative spoke on campus, Marquette officials threatened to charge the Young Americans for Freedom (who sponsored the event) for security.

They backed off that, but then staffer Chrissy Nelson tried to undermine the event by advising leftists to sign up for a ticket and not show up, depriving an interested student of a seat. She did so at the suggestion of an unnamed “director of diversity.”

...While minor contributions to Shapiro’s speaker’s fee were made by Student Government and the Residence Hall Council, apparently all of Davis’ fee was paid by Marquette. Out of tuition money.

So what we have here is Marquette officially lauding and supporting a Communist who was party to a murder plot.

As McAdams notes, the problem is Marquette does not offer students a balanced group of speakers, with views from the Left and the Right.

The university is lauding and promoting Leftists, while dismissing, condemning, and marginalizing conservatives.

Where was the official university disclaimer before Davis' lecture? Why was Shapiro treated so shabbily?

From the Washington Examiner:

Marquette University, a Jesuit school in Milwaukee, plans to host radical communist activist Angela Davis for a lecture Wednesday night.

The lecture is part of a series of "inclusive conversations" the school is hosting in order to confront the challenges of racial inequality. "As a Catholic, Jesuit university committed to social justice," the university's website reads, "we seek to energize our campus and engage all Milwaukee's communities by asking, 'What is your freedom dream now?'"

Davis is most renowned for her career of radical leftist activism, involving leadership stints in both the Black Panther Party and Communist Party. Today, she continues to proclaim that "capitalism is the most dangerous kind of future we can imagine" telling the Los Angeles Times recently, "as long as we inhabit a capitalist democracy, a future of racial equality, gender equality, economic equality will elude us."

...At the Women's March in January, Davis called on activists to become "more militant."

"Those who still defend the supremacy of white male hetero-patriarchy," she said, "had better watch out."

Her views on abortion and marriage openly contradict Catholic teachings. Nevertheless, Marquette is touting Davis as a "living witness to history" and featuring her remarks as a "distinguished lecture." Davis' speaking fee has previously been listed between $10,000 and $20,000.
Marquette donors really need to think about what they're doing when they write out their checks to the university.

Sadly, I think the chant, "WE ARE -- MARQUETTE," should be replaced.

"We were Marquette."

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