The Towson Towerlight‘s initial coverage of white nationalist Jared Taylor’s visit to the Towson University campus describes a (predictably) contentious event. “Administration stepping in to regulate dialogue,” the student paper’s Twitter feed reported yesterday. “Audience is becoming rowdy.”
And no wonder, because Taylor is known for making the kind of inflammatory statements that may well provoke rowdiness, or anger, or general disgust in an audience. According to the Towerlight, Taylor claimed that there was a “poisonous anti-white atmosphere at not only this university,” but almost every one. He argued that diversity was not a strength (“If diversity was so good, then why would businesses have to hire a consultant to manage it?”), and claimed that people prefer to interact only with those similar to themselves. (Presumably Taylor thinks that racial similarity somehow trumps any other kind of affinity or connection that humans may have with one another.) He said that every university in the country discriminates systematically against white people, and that there are professional advantages to being black. In short, he reiterated many of the talking points he’s well known for.
(See our past coverage of Taylor’s visit, and of the Towson senior who’s trying to form a White Student Union here.)
The speech itself almost didn’t happen. Heimbach and his WSU crew had to pay $350 to rent the room for Taylor’s appearance, and required that he provide a dozen police officers at a cost of $1,300, a slight discount of what they would charge an outside group. (Plus, of course, the fee that Taylor charges to make an appearance; it’s unclear how much this amounts to.) Heimbach and Taylor appealed to the American Renaissance Society for donations to make sure the event moved forward.
We bet Towson will be thrilled to see Heimbach graduate next spring. Until then, the school is in the tricky position of trying to both uphold ideals of free speech while making sure their students feel safe from hateful rhetoric.
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