HANOVER, N.H. – The Black Lives Matter movement is spiraling out of control, especially on college campuses.
Recent protests at the University of Missouri forced out the institutions president and chancellor, and Yale students have also targeted an administrator who refused to police Halloween costumes.
Most recently, students at Dartmouth targeted their white classmates with physical and verbal abuse in what was allegedly a protest designed to highlight those same “injustices” faced by blacks. Well over 100 Black Lives Matter student protesters dressed in black stormed Dartmouth College’s Baker-Berry Library last week, and things quickly got ugly.
“F*** you, you filthy white f***s!” protesters shouted at students studying for exams Thursday. “F*** you and your comfort!”
“F*** you, you racist s***!” they screamed between relentless chants of “Black lives matter!”
In total, about 150 Black Lives Matter student protesters gathered outside of Dartmouth Hall, “Ostensibly … to denounce the removal of shirts from a display in (Dartmouth’s) Collis” Center, The Dartmouth Review reports.
The group launched into a Black Lives Matter chant and wielded protest signs as they marched into the library, where several dozen students appear to be studying, one of which recorded the incident and shared it with the Review. It was later posted to YouTube by Campus Reform.
The mob continued its chants as it moved through the building, up to the quiet study rooms on the building’s second floor, then back down to the main level. They called out students for their “symbols of oppression,” such as “gangster hats,” Beats brand headphones and other items. They opened up study spaces to harass those who didn’t want to join their cause, hurling racist epithets and shoving fellow students that didn’t share their enthusiasm for black power.
The Review reports:
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.
In the immediate aftermath of the demonstration, social media was abuzz with comments condemning the protesters for their tactics. Many students who had experienced the protests took advantage of YikYak’s anonymity to air their grievances. Some students reached out to The Dartmouth Review to provide additional details.
An anonymous ‘19 explained that while working on a group project in a private study room, his UGA came in and expressed his virulent disappointment that the he was not joining in the protest. The UGA then demanded that he and the other members of his group project to leave the room and join in.
Another ‘19 recalled clapping after a protester said, “let’s give a round of applause for the beautiful people of color who were here for this protest.” The protester then turned on her saying, “for all of you that are sitting down and applauding right now, ‘we don’t care about you’.”
The student news site pointed directly to the words of Martin Luther King, Jr. to make sense of the madness.
“The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy.”
The Review also opined that the tactics used during Black Lives Matter protest last week far outweigh any actual “injustices” black students might face on campus.
None of the protesters articulated any concrete examples of “oppression” at Dartmouth, and none exist to warrant the type of racist, violent behavior witnesses last week, according to the site.
“The kicker, of course is that this crystal clear picture of Dartmouth’s deep-seeded racism never quite seems to come into focus, no matter how far we step back. From the protesters, we hear anecdotes about insensitive party themes, and reminders of our lack of black professors,” The Review reports.
“And of course, these issues fit into the broader context of a school characterized by historical wealth and whiteness, which can make students from other backgrounds feel forlorn outside the cultural mainstream. But as Dartmouth’s protesters swept through the library, bellowing at every student who dared not stand for the cause, they were accusing our community of something much graver than insufficient attention to minorities’ concerns.
“Every time a protester looked a fellow student in the eye and cursed her for her passivity or privilege, he did so under the pretense that our school is in the grasp of racism so severe that it’s suffocating. Despite this pretense, not once during the march did the protesters raise a specific concern about the College’s climate that was dire and widespread enough to implicate each and every Dartmouth student, or justify the protest’s boundless hostility.”
One of the protesters posted to Facebook: “We raised hell, we caused discomfort, and we made our voices heard all throughout this campus in the name of standing up for our brothers and sisters across the country who are staring terrorism and assault directly in the face,” according to the Daily Caller.
The Review summarized the lesson learned another way, suggesting the protest last week will serve as a reminder for many students that they’ll carry with them well beyond college.
“Open eyes and attuned minds will let us spot the difference between legitimate efforts to spark racial progress, and outburst of the aimless antipathy that dozens of our peers of all races were subjected to,” according to the site.