One might assume Black Lives Matter and liberals are best of friends. But that doesn’t appear to be the case after what transpired at the College of William & Mary last week.
Here’s video of the protest:
Even though a Black Lives Matter member was given a chance to speak to the audience on a microphone at an event BLM was not connected to — and even though BLM managed to shut down the event — the protesters weren’t content.
They didn’t even give audience members and the speaker the opportunity to huddle and chat informally afterward, simply drowning out their discussion with more chanting.
The free speech event organizers put their money where their mouths were and gave protesters a chance to be heard when they didn’t have to. And the protesters returned the favor by spitting on that.
Some day the protesters who shut down free speech at William & Mary could find their own speech endangered or shut down — and who then will come to their defense after the judgment they’ve passed on others’ speech?
Americans can’t abandon the crucial idea that even those with ideas we despise have the right to speak. We may not like it, but it’s a temporary and much lesser downside to a greater good. A gift that lets us freely express ourselves as opposed to hiding in the shadows in fear of what may happen to us if we say what’s on our minds.