2006 October 06 Friday
Minutemen Founder Prevented From Speaking By Thugs At Columbia

Hispanic and Leftist thugs prevented Jim Gilchrist from speaking at Columbia University in New York City.

New York, NY (October 5, 2006) -- Last night violent protestors at one of the nation's elite universities forced the evacuation of authors Jim Gilchrist and Jerome R. Corsi, who were at Columbia University to speak about their new book "Minutemen: The Battle to Secure America's Borders".

Gilchrist, the founder of the Minuteman Project, was speaking on the topic of illegal immigration at an event organized by the Columbia University Young Republicans when protestors stormed the stage and lunged toward him, forcing security personnel to hastily evacuate both authors. The event was abruptly cancelled due to security concerns before Dr. Corsi, who co-wrote the 2004 bestseller "Unfit for Command," could deliver his remarks.

Members of the International Socialist Organization were among those who rushed the stage.

The speech did not last long before interrupted.

Just as Mr. Gilchrist was talking about “2,000 Mexicans on the border,” several people holding aloft a banner that read “No One Is Illegal” in several languages, hopped on the stage. Almost instantly, they were joined by a couple of dozen others protesting the speech, according to videotape of the events taken by news agencies and others. From then on, the forum turned into a raucous gathering of young people shouting slogans against Mr. Gilchrist.

They were thrilled to prevent the presentation of a viewpoint they disagreed with.

Loud voices began chanting in Spanish "Si se pudo" -- "Yes, it could be done" -- drowning out any possibility of discussion.

Multiculturalism is really a code phrase meaning the suppression of a culture that the multiculturalists do not like.

You can watch the melee on Youtube.

Leftist and Hispanic protestors think they have a right to free speech but immigration restrictionists do not.

"We were aware that there was going to be a sign and we were going to occupy the stage," said a protestor who was on stage and asked to remain anonymous. "I don't feel like we need to apologize or anything. It was fundamentally a part of free speech. ... The Minutemen are not a legitimate part of the debate on immigration."

Stanley Kurtz sees immigration combined with multiculturalism as a threat to our freedom. ParaPundit agrees.

Andy, I’m late to the party on the outrage caught on tape at Columbia University the other day, but I agree that this is a big deal and should not be allowed to disappear.  I just viewed the video via Powerline, which has more good coverage. (The beginning and the end of the video are the key parts.)  And thanks to David French at Phi Beta Cons for alerting me to this.

Europe is churning out one scary story after another about problems flowing from poorly controlled immigration and failed assimilation.  Unfortunately, this tape makes it clear that America is vulnerable as well.  Yes, I’ve been open to a (House side-leaning) compromise on immigration, but that doesn’t mean I don’t recognize the very serious problems.  Americans concerned about uncontrolled immigration and the substitution of multiculturalism for assimilation should look at this video and recognize that someday their own freedom will be directly threatened by the sort of outrage now confined to campuses like Columbia.  And for people who don’t believe that conservative views are suppressed on college campuses, just have a look at the video.

I'm not open to the least bit of a compromise between House immigration law enforcement bills and the Senate CIRA amnesty and guest worker program bill. That's like compromising between whether to take medicine or poison.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2006 October 06 11:40 PM  Immigration Politics

John S Bolton said at October 7, 2006 2:40 AM:

Immigrant savages are bringing subhuman violence against political speech to the places where rationality is supposed to hold sway.
Today the effrontery of foreign criminals is such that they can use animal violence to corruptly define the limits of 'legitimate debate'.
The FBI had better jump on those leftists, since they are challenging our sovereignty, not just Columbia's pretenses
of being a locus for rational debate.
This is what dereliction of the responsibility to enforce immigration laws has to lead to; foreign hostiles getting up on their back legs and trying to sweep away civilization.
Are these the family values that don't stop at the Rio Grande, or the Styx?

Bob Badour said at October 7, 2006 8:30 AM:

National Socialists/International Socialists -- same shit different day.

The real question in my mind is whether we will allow brown-skinned racist thugs to violently seize our rights from us. My grandparents' generation expended incomprehensible treasure and lives only 60 to 70 years ago preventing white-skinned racist thugs from doing so. How is it any different this time?

red pill said at October 10, 2006 4:46 PM:

Hatred of free speech by immigrants and their supporters?

This can't be true and I refuse to believe it. According to magical air theory, immigrants adopt American values as soon as they breathe American air. Magical air theory has been dogma in the Political Correctness religion for at least 40 years so it has to be true.

You're not seriously suggesting that people have lost their jobs and had their lives ruined by PC fundamentalists for doubting a theory that's not even true, are you?

Rob said at October 14, 2006 1:19 PM:

And why do I never see this on the news? Could it be, um, "framing the debate"?

God Bless the Minutemen. They are proof that Americans are still capable of forming associations to do what government can't and won't.

To the extent that it's legal, they should start carrying weapons. A martyr or two might look good for the cause, but I still don't want to see it.

The Straight Dope said at October 18, 2006 7:21 AM:


"Marvin Stewart, one of the members of the Minuteman Project, is an outspoken Christian. He is also a black man. During the interview with O'Reilly, Stewart related the story of having been subjected to an onslaught of racial epithets by the students, members of a socialist campus group that had somehow secreted themselves (and their signs and banners) into the auditorium.

Here's a partial transcript:

STEWART: Prior to Jim [Gilchrist, the Minuteman Project's founder] coming out, [they] were throwing racial epithets out there toward me.
O'REILLY: What did they say?

STEWART: The N-word. I'm not going to dignify it on air, right now, Bill. The N-word, sell-out – you name it, they said it.

O'REILLY: All right, they are harassing you verbally.

STEWART: Oh, they were trying to shout me down. But I was only emboldened to continue what I was doing. … It was apparent that these were undisciplined students. … And to attempt to violate my First Amendment rights to speak was a disservice, not only to themselves but the university as well."

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