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Rowdy Occupy Students Shout Down Republican Governor

Students in the Occupy movement at American University in Washington, D.C. won a triumph for free speech and respect for other points of view this past week… Oops, wait, that’s not what happened.

What happened is this: The American University College Republicans brought a speaker to campus who happens to disagree with the far left. And Occupy students apparently decided this couldn’t be tolerated.

Republican Governor Jan Brewer of Arizona addressed a packed room of students on February 24th. The audience included both those who were interested in what she had to say, and, it turned out, some who wanted to shut her up. The latter group, apparently organized by the AU Occupy movement allowed her to speak for all of 15 minutes before beginning to scream, “Mic check!” which translated means, “Shut up, stupid conservative!”

Even though many in the audience had gathered to hear the governor speak, they instead had to listen to students scream, “The people, united, will never be defeated,” among other things that weren’t really coherent thoughts. The unruly students also lectured the crowd that “racism won’t be tolerated” at AU.

Brewer is of course known for her tough stance on immigration, and for confronting President Obama publically for his failure to protect the border. She supported Arizona’s bill SB 1070 that gives authorities permission to ask for documentation if one is already committing (or has committed) a crime. Critics feel this will result in unfair racial profiling.

During her 15-minute speech at AU, Brewer largely stayed away from the immigration issue and spoke about pursuing one’s dreams and the importance of doing the right thing even if it’s hard. She also criticized Obama for his failure on the Keystone pipeline.

Thoughtfully considering her comments was never on the Occupy agenda. When they started shouting, Brewer was immediately escorted out of the room. Campus security ordered the protesters to sit down and stop yelling, a directive they ignored completely.

It is unfortunate and embarrassing for American University that they enroll students with such little respect for opinions other than their own. Since Brewer wasn’t even talking about immigration, the goal of AU Occupy was blatantly obvious. They weren’t there, in fact, to protest immigration reform or “racism.” They were there to cause a scene and prevent the other students from hearing what Brewer had to say.

This behavior is thuggish and has no place in an American university. Some would even argue it is illegal, as the Irvine 11 case in Orange County, California demonstrated. If AU Occupy was serious about its accusations of racism, how much more productive would it have been to ask some tough questions and engage in a respectful dialogue on the issues?

Instead, students chose to deny the free speech of another in order to draw attention to themselves. Their behavior is nothing more than a college-aged group temper tantrum.

Watch a video of the chaotic scene:

Fix contributor Emily Schrader graduated from the University of Southern California in December.


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  • Brianna

    The lack of respect was disgusting. They not only disrespected the GUEST speaker, a prominent official, themselves, but also American University as a whole. It was a shameful display and I for one wish that AU would step up and give these children some sort of punishment! What future speaker would want to come to AU if they might be subject to such disrespect?

    • Sarah

      You’ll be pleased to know that our next school-sponsored speaker is Angela Davis.

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  • lowly

    Lol, she got rousted by a few ditzy broads and emaciated wimps?! Shame, shame.

  • ThirteenthLetter

    I’m guessing the campus will take absolutely no action against these brownshirts?

  • Tim

    There is a fine line between being an idealistic college student and a raging, unemployable douchebag, kids. Learn that line.

  • edh

    UnAmerican University?

  • not important

    The powers that be are in control and their actions have created occupy. Power does not exist in a vacuume and has no conscience so as with unconscious laws of physics, each action generates an equal and opposite reaction. Each injustice must be answered and just like math all spiritual accounts will end up balanced. The choice is yours as to how you want to end up there, but you will end up there. The wise know better than to judge the crowd, but rather look to themselves to see if they are on the right side of history.

  • Logistic

    Where is the RIGHT? These scumbags need to be stomped on – heavily! Listen to there stupid mindless repeating of the leader. Bring a dozen megaphones AND DROWN THEM OUT !!!

  • Some DC Guy

    American is actually a “University”? Based on all the secretaries I’ve seen in DC with American “diplomas,” I always thought American was just a 2 year community college.

    I’m sure these kids will do fine, though.

  • stonedome

    why is it that the majority of the crowd who there to hear ms brewer speak didn’t usher them out? a bunch of weak leftists whose bark is worse than their bite? really? stand up like a patriot and escort them from your event…how about a hit squad armed with air horns and earplugs drive them out! c’mon be creative

  • “Rowdy Occupy Students Shout Down Republican Governor”

    I’m not surprised.



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  • Sara

    Full support in those students who are willing to stand up to the injustice Jan Brewer and her associates bring out!! Keep it going!!