March to Shut Down White Supremacist Charles Murray at U of M

Wed, Oct 11, 2017 - 4:00pm to 7:00pm


This Wednesday, October 11, the UM College Republicans and American Enterprise Institute are sponsoring a white supremacist, Charles Murray to speak on campus. Murray co-wrote the racist book, The Bell Curve which marked the re-emergence in the 1990s of racist eugenics, biological determinist theories using pseudo-science, linking IQ to race and claiming white intellectual superiority. He is an Alt-Right bigot who is emboldened by Trump and is coming to promote his new book. The sponsoring organizations have stated they want to distance themselves from the Alt-Right and white supremacist movement. If they are sincere, they should cancel this event. Charles Murray is a white supremacist. His upcoming event has already inspired another racist poster campaign on campus claiming white superiority, which threaten the safety and rights of the students and faculty of UM, especially immigrants, other minority, Muslim, trans, and women students who are the ones most consistently targeted.
The event must be cancelled or shut down. The University’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion’s response to the posters, logically refuting these theories, is grossly insufficient. There is no logical argument or reasonable debate to be had with white supremacists. They must be shut down. Actions speak louder than words. If the University means what it says about its commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, the safety of its students and wants to stop the spread of racist violence on our campus, they will cancel the event. Murray’s speaking engagements have been canceled at some other campuses due to safety concerns. The University of Michigan should follow suit. If not, we will mobilize shut it down.
A protest is planned beginning at the Diag at 4pm Wednesday and marching to the Charles Murray event at Palmer Commons.
At a time when the movement for immigrant rights and against Trump is gaining in strength, forcing even a number of leading Republicans to distance themselves from Trump, the UM Republicans, by sponsoring this event, are supporting not only Trump’s attacks, but attempting to strengthen the most violent and racist and reactionary forces of the Trump movement.
This is not an event that any college campus should condone—it threatens the safety and well-being of the students and faculty, and threatens the academic mission to promote learning and leadership. The confrontations will not be confined to the time and place of the event; hate crimes will escalate, and innocent people will suffer verbal and physical abuses. If white supremacists are given a platform by the University of Michigan, the administration will be directly responsible for aiding and allowing bigoted and racist attacks to endanger students.
Especially after the horrific murder of Heather Heyer by a white supremacist in Charlottesville, the danger of alt-right, white supremacist, and fascist organizing is clear to anyone who wants to see the truth. The alt-right and fascists are emboldened by Trump’s explicit backing and by the central tenet of his program—racist anti-immigrant demagogy and attacks—including his repeal of DACA.
As long as Donald Trump is President, the alt-right and fascists will be emboldened and continue to organize and make attacks. The Resistance movement against Trump can force Trump to resign or be removed, if we continue to organize independently and fight in the streets, our schools, and workplaces. Taking matters into our own hands, mobilizing our own community defense, we have the power to stop racist and fascist attacks now, to Defend DACA and win the Dream Act, and make all our campus, cities and communities sanctuaries for immigrants. Join us Wednesday at 4 on the Diag to protest and defend our campus community against racism and immigrant-bashing!

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