An Assault on Dialogue and Free Speech: A Timeline of Events

Preceding Weeks

The Dartmouth College Republicans undertook a three week process to gain proper approval for the use of a bulletin board in Collis, Dartmouth’s student center. The administration granted approval for a Blue Lives Matter display in honor of National Police Week for a period of two weeks between May 2 and May 15.

Thursday, May 12

Around 10:00 PM: The Dartmouth College Republicans put up the following bulletin board display:

The Blue Lives Matter display

The Blue Lives Matter display

Friday, May 13

Around 9:00 AM: News of the display gained traction on social media. One post stated in reference to the bulletin board, “In case recent news about inclusivity and diversity had you fooled, Dartmouth is still racist. Located in the student center atrium.”

Around 11:00 AM: A group of students, claiming that they were acting independently of one another as to absolve themselves of collective responsibility, removed the College Republicans’ Blue Lives Matter display, replacing it with four flyers that state, “You cannot co-opt the movement against state violence to memorialize its perpetrators. #blacklivesmatter.”

The Black Lives Matter flyers

The Black Lives Matter flyers

In the intervening hours, dozens more flyers appeared, completely covering not only the College Republicans’ bulletin board, but nearby bulletin boards as well. The flyers also appeared at various locations around the campus, including the main entrance to Baker-Berry Library as well as the main entrance to Collis.

The flyers proliferate.

The flyers proliferate.

The group of students who vandalized the College Republicans’ bulletin board continuously monitored the scene, ostensibly to guard the bulletin board and to prevent the College Republicans from retaking the space. The size and composition of the group changed throughout the day, but the group remained there past 6 PM.

Setting a watch in front of the bulletin board

Setting a watch in front of the bulletin board

Around 1:30 PM: After commandeering the bulletin board, the same group of students printed and distributed pictures of the College Republicans with now-Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump. The Black Lives Matter protesters posted these pictures, with added commentary, around the campus. The picture was taken at last year’s First in the Nation Republican Leadership Summit. Some students in the picture are not affiliated with the College Republicans and had only hoped to meet then-presidential hopefuls. Similar pictures were taken with the other candidates present and none of them constituted an endorsement of any of the candidates. Several students notified their deans about the invasion of privacy in posting the pictures.

The posted picture

The posted picture

Another posted picture

Another posted picture

It became clear that the College was aware of the disruption and disallowed takeover of the reserved bulletin board. Anna Hall, the Director of the Collis Center, emailed and met with the College Republicans to discuss how to proceed. Initially, they discussed the feasibility of taking down the Black Lives Matter flyers at around 3:00 PM. However, no type of administrative response or action was forthcoming. When a Black Lives Matter display was defaced in the Fall, the administration responded with swift condemnation, exposing a clear double standard in how the administration treats different viewpoints.

2:18 PM: The Dartmouth College Republicans issued the following statement on its Facebook page:

College Republicans Statement on Collis Display Vandalism

On Friday, May 13 at approximately 11:00 a.m., a group of students removed our Blue Lives Matter display in Collis in honor of National Police Week. As an organization, we took the time and effort to obtain proper approval for the display while putting significant thought into its content. We are dismayed that a group of students would attempt to censor our message while coopting the space for their own purposes.

We had hoped to bring attention to law enforcement officers and their efforts and hard work in keeping our communities safe. In particular, we had hoped to honor all the law enforcement officers who have given their lives in service to their communities.

Just this morning, in Manchester, New Hampshire, two police officers were shot. Thankfully, both are expected to recover. However, this most recent incident only underscores the challenges facing law enforcement officers everywhere; just this year, 35 law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty across the United States.

We hope that the Dartmouth community and the United States at large join us in appreciation of the challenging work that law enforcement officers perform.

Around 3:00 PM: The College Republicans met again with Ms. Hall. Seeking to avoid a confrontation, they proposed that Safety and Security be the ones to enforce the College’s policies governing the use of bulletin boards and remove the flyers. Ms. Hall informed the College Republicans that it would be within their right to take down the Black Lives Matter flyers themselves, although it might not be advisable. Ms. Hall contacted her supervisor, Associate Dean for Student Life Eric Ramsey, as well as Safety and Security for recommendations as to how to proceed.

Around 4:00-5:00 PM: Once again, Ms. Hall met with the College Republicans to discuss a resolution to the situation. Ms. Hall and an unidentified staff member spoke to the Black Lives Matter protesters, strongly informing them that they were in clear violation of College policy as the College Republicans had the bulletin board reserved and were in the right. The students responded that they were aware of the violation but were unwilling to remove their flyers. After conferring with Safety and Security and Mr. Ramsey, Ms. Hall informed the College Republicans that the College wanted to avoid confrontation and recommended that the flyers not be removed that day. Instead, maintenance staff would remove the flyers overnight, after which the College Republicans would have use of the board.

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Administrators speaking with the student protesters

The College Republicans responded that they, on principle, would like to regain use of the board as soon as possible. They discussed taking down the flyers themselves. The group of student protesters sent various proxies to speak to the College Republicans. They said that the College Republicans were free to take down the Black Lives Matter flyers, but a group of protesters continued to occupy the space in front of the bulletin board.

Furthermore, the College Republicans discovered that the Black Lives Matter protesters, upon seeing the Blue Lives Matter display the night before, applied for and were granted permission to use the bulletin board nearby. While the College Republicans were required to undergo a long bureaucratic process, the Black Lives Matter group was given expedited approval, once again exposing a clear double standard.

Meanwhile, Safety and Security informed the College Republicans that Harry Kinne, the Director of Safety and Security, and Mr. Ramsey had come to an “agreement” that the College Republicans would not be allowed take down the Black Lives Matter flyers until Collis closed at 2 AM. The officers also threatened sanctions if the College Republicans acted. Students began to disperse without any action having been taken.

6:51 PM: A Dartmouth student claimed credit for the vandalism of the Blue Lives Matter display in a rather longwinded Facebook post:

Claiming credit for the vandalism

Claiming credit for the vandalism

8:03 PM: The Black Lives Matter protesters began distributing the following email (sic):

Please send to ALL PEOPLE–organizations, and list-serve!!!

Today, Friday May 13th the Dartmouth College Republicans reserved a central bulletin board in Collis Atrium. On this board the Dartmouth College Republicans posted the slogan “Blue Lives Matter” FOUR times. By co-opting a movement intended to protect the livelihood of Black people, Blue Lives Matter” & #AllLivesMatter facilitates the erasure of black lives. This slogan denies that black bodies are subjected to disproportionate state violence. This has nothing to do with individual police officers.

Over the past several terms, in Collis the black lives matter installation was defaced, and the signs outside of the gender inclusive bathroom were ripped off of the walls.  On our campus a native woman and man were egged after a silent protest, countless women of color have been assaulted, people of color have been called racial slurs, physically threatened, and aggressively approached in public, private, and over social media.

The #blacklivesmatter protest in the fall affirmed black existence, humanity, and resilience in light of the oppressive reality here at Dartmouth. This is our reality; we are the voices of ALL people of color in classes. It is inescapable as social media, especially yik-yak, is saturated with racial slurs. This morning the bulletin boards in “The Center for Student Involvement” informed the campus this space is NOT for us . Collis is intended to be a home base for all student activities, however is a site of violence.

This campus is toxic.

Our goal is to illuminate the severity of the violence people of color face on this campus. In not challenging this oppression against our bodies, instead reproducing this narrative is actively partaking in this violence. Silencing our narratives. If we didn’t take down the display we would be reproducing a violent narrative that works to silence us in masses.

People are tired. People of color are tired of being made inferior to their peers. We are tired of conservative rhetoric reproducing the same racial stereotypes that have positioned our bodies in a violent, inhumane fashion since slavery.

We have reclaimed the board. We are reclaiming our space, in Collis, in Class, and on this Campus. We have proclaimed “Black Lives Matter”—we do in fact matter, and we are here.

Fuck your comfort, there is no such thing as neutral existence. Sitting in the library with your headphones in, intensifies this violence against people of color, muting the voices of the movement, the cries of your peers, and the history of inequality. Posting Blue Lives Matter reproduces the idea that All lives matter, again intensifying the violence against people of color. Invalidating individual realities.

We occupy this space, in front of the bulletin board, to guarantee our presence at this institution. Reposting Blue Lives Matter reproduces this violent narrative against people of color, by silencing us. We will not be silenced.

We have cried, but we will persevere regardless of the complacent conservative faction on campus, we will be okay. We need to be okay, so we can graduate from this institution with a Dartmouth degree.
Face it that’s why we came here, and at the end of the day we still are here—at Dartmouth, in the Ivy League, in college, in this nation. We aren’t going anywhere.

It is your turn, stand in solidarity with us. Do not allow the cries of your peers, your friends be silenced.

ACT. #blacklivesmatter

Peace, Love, Solidarity,

Existence is Resistance

8:30 PM: The Dartmouth College Republicans issued a second public statement, this time in an email to President Hanlon and the Board of Trustees:

Response to College Suppression of Our Freedom of Expression in Collis Today

Today our freedom of speech was violated by our fellow students while the administration stood idly by. We spent three weeks getting our poster remembering fallen men and women of law enforcement approved through the proper administrative channels. Almost as soon as it was posted in the Collis Center for Student Involvement, it was torn down and replaced with Black Lives Matter posters. Parkhurst was unwilling to remove the posters as it was afraid of taking a political stance. There is, however, nothing political about standing up for freedom of speech, our First Amendment right.

While we wholeheartedly stand behind our message, whether the College agrees with us or not should not have an effect on its response. Unfortunately, it clearly has. When Black Lives Matter’s t-shirt display was previously vandalized, the school quickly and appropriately responded with an email condemning the violation of freedom of speech. President Hanlon spoke of creating a “safe space” for students to express their opinions. He wrote that Dartmouth “strive[s] to balance freedom of speech with strong community values of civil discourse.” President Hanlon continued, “at their core, institutions of higher education are places where open inquiry and the free debate about difficult and sometimes uncomfortable ideas must thrive.”

Yet, when it came time to enforcing these protections for students on the other side of the political spectrum, there was only deafening silence. In fact, after much discussion, we were told by Safety & Security and Collis leadership that restoring our display would put us in violation of College policy and that we would be subject to punishment by Dartmouth Judicial Affairs. While our posters were kept off the bulletin boards (at least until 2 AM when Collis closes), theirs were allowed to remain unchecked with no repercussions. In fact, they were given expedited permission to have their posters placed in Collis. This group was granted approval within hours, while we had to schedule almost a month in advance.

Even when the posters vandalizing our memorial to fallen heroes started to become personal attacks on and photographs of members of our Republican community, Dartmouth failed to act. The administration claims it will not tolerate making other students feel unsafe. However, many members of our community do not feel safe walking through the student center where photos are present. Would Parkhurst’s response to these attacks have been the same if it was the College Republicans that had put up posters deriding and targeting members of the Black Lives Matter movement? We think not.

All we ask is that the protections and freedoms of self-expression afforded to other student organizations be extended to us. We do not see the Black Lives Matter and Blue Lives Matter movements as mutually exclusive. It is possible to recognize the service and contributions of law enforcement officers while simultaneously pushing for reform to correct the grave mistakes of the small minority of officers. On National Law Enforcement Appreciation Week, we just hoped to highlight the monumental sacrifices made by these officers to protect us every day.

Regardless of your personal opinions of our views, you should be willing to stand by our right to express our opinions. If others would like to counter protest our memorial, we stand by their right to do so in a civil manner. If they wish to go through the proper administrative channels, we welcome them to exercise their fundamental right to self-expression. However, we will not stand idly by as our detractors suppress this same basic freedom for us. All we ask is that the administration defend our rights as well.

UPDATE: Sunday, May 15

11:34 AM: President Phil Hanlon sent an email to the College strongly condemning the removal of the Blue Lives Matter display on free speech grounds:

To undergraduate students:

Freedom of expression is a fundamental value of the Dartmouth community. By its very nature, the exercise of free speech will include views with which some of us disagree or which we find hurtful.

The unauthorized removal on Friday of a student display for National Police Week in the Collis Center was an unacceptable violation of freedom of expression on our campus. Vandalism represents a silencing of free exchange, rather than open engagement.  This was true of the vandalism of the Black Lives Matter display last November, and equally true of Friday‘s action. Any students identified as being involved in such actions will be subject to our disciplinary process.

Freedom to dissent lies at the heart of freedom of expression, and Dartmouth will always protect it. We encourage those who dissent to assert a counter perspective openly through one of many communications avenues available.

Robust and respectful debate will always have a home at Dartmouth College. Open inquiry and free debate are sometimes uncomfortable. As challenging as it may be, the passionate but respectful exchange of ideas is the foundation of an academic community–both at Dartmouth and on campuses across the United States.

Sincerely,

Phil Hanlon ’77, President
Carolyn Dever, Provost
Rebecca Biron, Dean of the College
Inge-Lise Ameer, Vice Provost for Student Affairs

Meanwhile, both individual protesters as well as members of the College Republicans have been singled out on social media. There have been a series of despicable tweets targeted at a Black Lives Matter protester who tore down the original display. Similarly, the President of the College Republicans has been defamed on Yik Yak. Needless to say, The Review hopes thats civility ensues.

The display after the teardown

Black Lives Matter flyers

Brian Chen and Samuel W. Lawhon contributed to this report.

  • AWildGerbilAppeared

    Dartmouth will soon go the way of Missou.

  • Cookie

    Great job, carry on. I can’t wait to see how this generation turns out. Instead of a CV they’ll probably present a list of demands to potential employers.

  • Parent ’16

    A request to the College Republicans at Dartmouth College:

    If Dartmouth College is not protecting your free speech rights, you may be entitled to further help or advice about a legal remedy. Please go to this link and submit details about this censorship to FIRE to learn more:

    https://www.thefire.org/resour

    FIRE has dealt with a similar incident previously at Dartmouth College.
    https://www.thefire.org/new-fi
    “Free speech means nothing unless we can respect the voice with which we disagree.”

    • frankgado

      Some of us tried to warn you about the tyranny of the administration and Board when they acted to abrogate the 1891 Agreement that allowed alumni to elect half the board directly. The majority of the Executive Committee of the Alumni Association sued the Board. We didn’t lose in the courts–indeed the judge, stating that the evidence supporting our suit was “ample,” rejected the College’s motion to dismiss–we lost the next election as a result of a massive campaign of lies and distortion about us and suppression of our efforts to get the facts out to our own constituents. We did our best, as did TDR. And FIRE was on our side. But you sent your child to Dartmouth anyway.

      • fribble

        Yes some of us did.
        And you were the greatest voice the College had and the greatest friend the College still has,
        We all owe you a huge debt of gratitude.
        The fight is late but not over.

      • Parent ’16

        Ummm….we’re not alumni parents.

        We let our child make their own college choice– which was Dartmouth. We actually preferred one of the other several Ivy league options available, but didn’t impose our preference.

        • frankgado

          The idea that the Ivies offer the best i education rests on myth. I have spent my career as a college professor (with two years as a Fulbright lecturer on American literature abroad), and I assure you that that is simply not the case. “Best” depends on a number of factors. Often, quality of scholarship offered is measured by the reputation (established through publication) of leading members of its faculty, but most of the time, these people are too busy doing research and publishing in their narrow areas to be doing much teaching, At Dartmouth, over 20% of the teaching is by non-tenure track faculty–that is, adjuncts and graduate students. (And Dartmouth’s percentage is NOT at the upper end of the Ivies in that regard). Some of these are good, conscientious teachers, but that is not the criterion that determines their employment.

          In my case, my father preferred Princeton, but admission there was contingent on my agreeing to play football. I wouldn’t agree, so I was put on the wait list (and received several phone calls saying I could be moved to “accept” if I would change my answer. My 1st choice was Dartmouth, but I compromised with my father by putting Harvard first. Then Harvard rejected me.

          I was very enthusiastic about Dartmouth until my senior year. Gradually, my respect for the school declined. As an alumnus, I did my very best to lift the school closer to its reputation until I finally resigned myself to frustration.

          But the maladies afflicting Dartmouth are general throughout higher education. The decline in professional standards is egregiously apparent every time I attend a professional convention . At the risk of seeming a right-wing nut (I’m not), I will say that there must be a revolution in our colleges and universities. Rod Berne, one post removed from this one, is correct,

          • Parent ’16

            Thanks for your response. I have to admit I was unaware of just how many non-tenure track faculty taught at Dartmouth. I also was unaware 4 years ago that administrative staff and tuition would increase substantially every year. If I had to do it over again, I might have argued more forcefully for the many other excellent choices among the college options our child had. And I agree that “Ivys” are not always necessarily the best educational experience.

            It seems that our child’s Dartmouth experience has paralleled your own experience in terms of respect for the institution, with the exception of faculty in their major Department. Graduation and leaving Dartmouth behind is eagerly anticipated at this point!

        • piper60

          Und zo, you haf committed to gif finger bow-tied throne sniffer rump swabs tousand unt toucans auf dollars vhat you verked to getzo dey can revod demsefsin the manner zey think ery deserts!

      • piper60

        Fascist iS as Fscist does!

  • Pinetree North

    Why is the administration pandering to the BLM bullies, who broke the rules? Letting them getting away with being lawless thugs is the worst possible response the administration could provide. No student should have to feel unsafe on campus, and as if they couldn’t step over to that board and remove the illegal flyers. The administration is setting a terrible example by their flawed inaction.

    • Gentlemanandscholar

      Just like the rest of the country… They’re afraid of being labeled as racist…. The old standby for those who don’t agree with other’s views.

    • Fubar333

      The article stated that the R students could remove & replace the unauthorized postings but then administration later flip-flopped and ordered them NOT to do so. They also threatened them with academic sanctions if they did.

  • Rod Berne

    Absolutely no one should be surprised by this. Free speech is dying everywhere, especially on Ivy League campuses. Harvard recently banned free association, Yale students recently bullied a professor into quitting her job. This is only the beginning.

    I wrote about my experiences as a student last fall at Yale here: http://www.returnofkings.com/73966/a-students-perspective-from-on-the-ground-at-yale-university

    And how affirmative action created safe spaces here: http://www.returnofkings.com/81933/safe-spaces-on-college-campuses-are-the-new-jim-crow-laws

    • November Guest

      Your introductory comments are quite correct, but why post your work on such a misogynistic, intellectually shallow website? Doesn’t give your arguments much credence.

      • FtzWW

        Are you calling Dartreview mysogynistic and shallow? How sick.

        • Jadzia

          I believe the commenter is referring to the ROK website, not this one.

          • November Guest

            yep

        • November Guest

          reading comprehension skills lacking.

          • FtzWW

            Which is, sadly, far from my chiefest deficit…

      • Rod Berne

        Return of Kings contains both shallow and intellectual articles– we have a large audience with a variety of tastes. Moreover, I am able to write anonymously and they pay their writers a decent fee unlike many student publications.

        I also agree fully with everything ROK stands for.

    • jaye ellis

      Good for you!

      Have you considered forming an Alt Right alumni group?

      There have been some modest successes in this area at places like Duke University where BlackLiesMatter and very pushy Islamic groups were doing similar desecrations.

      I went to Vanderbilt University in Nashville – so far these BlackLiesMatter trouble makers haven’t done this yet – but it’s inevitable.

      • frankgado

        Are you aware of where Dartmouth’s current provost was employed before she came to Hanover?

    • piper60

      college Presidents once had virtually unlimited power to hire, fire, accept or explain arbitrary and capricious style! They lost that power in a series of battles with faculty and students the20s-and they want it back. Each of the outrages FIRE documents is another step toward running a college like a medieval monastery!

  • blewyn

    Why weren’t the BLM sit-in protestors ordered to vacate and then arrested for breach of the peace ?

    • FtzWW

      Bingo. That is a great question.

      • piper60

        That only possible if the bow-tied throne sniffing rump swabs have a backbone!

    • frankgado

      Blewyn, I can see you haven’t been paying attention for some time.

      • blewyn

        I just read about the Dartmouth situation a couple of days ago. So why weren’t the protestors cleared out of the university ?

        • fribble

          The College is in on it.
          They are pushing it.

          • blewyn

            If any group occupies college property and vandalises notices belonging to other groups, they need to be ejected and/or disciplined, whether the college management agree with their cause or not.

          • piper60

            ‘Authorities who will not enforce the law or their own regulations will soon lose the ability to enforce anything at all!

          • piper60

            The squishes have decided their favorite formula for coming down on students-“interfering with or disrupting normal operations.”doesn’t apply to protected classsesacting badly!

  • Pony

    I suggest alumi stop donating

    • FtzWW

      I suggest they stop voting for Democrats like Obama and the Clintons.

  • TacitusJames

    In the future, when the dust settles, when it is all “in the past,” that will be the time, the best time, for a very public shaming, merciless ridicule to be brought down on university administrators who enabled social justice warriors, and allowed them to disgrace higher education.

    • frankgado

      Great. “When the dust settles” archaeologists will die deep into the dirt to uncover the ruins of American higher education (and maybe of the American republic) to discover what went wrong. Why the quietism?

      The time to defend principles is always the present. As we in the alumni movement tried to make clear, we were not fighting for one political view over another; we sought to ensure freedom of speech for all. When I was vice president of the executive committee of the Alumni Association, the college, through director of a alumni affairs David Spalding and his toadies on the EC sought to stifle communication with our own constituents. When Board of Trustees chairman Neukom informed the Alumni Council (which had opposed our every effort to democratize Association elections and elections to the Board of Trustees) “not to despair, the cavalry is coming” –his way of reporting plans to overturn the 1891 contract and pack the Board–our majority members on the EC voted to inform ALL alumni of what was about to happen. Spalding not only would not provide funds, not only would not allow us access to our own constituents’ addresses, but also threatened to sue us if we used old mailing lists. I raised over $30,000 by cashing in CDs, emptying my savings accounts, and liquidating other assets in order to notify alumni by mail of what was coming and to poll them as to their response to the board’s projected action. (Subsequent unsolicited donations, for which I was most grateful, restored the money over the next two years,)

  • GarandFan

    Don’t worry! The hypocrisy by BLM doesn’t even bother them.

  • Vizzini

    If College Republicans reserved the bulletin board, I’m trying to figure out why they wouldn’t just immediately take down the replacement flyers, restore their own, and physically fend off attempts to remove them, nor why there would need to be any discussion about such a course of action. Am I missing something, or have modern college students become such ball-less wonders they can’t even stand up for themselves?

    • Mr. Grumpy

      As I read the various pieces of information, they were advised not do so for their own personal safety.

      • Vizzini

        Pfft. At some point you just have to man (or woman) up if you don’t want to get walked all over.

        • FtzWW

          Maybe. Although maybe you hold your fire and strategize for the medium- or long-game instead? Don’t know, cuz I wasn’t there, and I don’t know what kind of connections there might be to people who could help.

          • Vizzini

            Because that’s worked out so well. You can tell because of the overwhelming dominance of conservative thought in academia….

      • Fubar333

        The article stated that the R students COULD remove & replace the unauthorized postings but the administration later flip-flopped and ordered them NOT to do so. They also threatened them with academic sanctions if they did.

    • BlueSunday

      Apparently there were BLM people there guarding it. You can call the College Republicans ball-less if you want, but you know damned well that any attempt at restoring the original display would lead immediately to a physical altercation. Just as Trump was blamed for the violence at his rally in Chicago, the College Republicans would be immediately held accountable for “inflaming” an “already tense situation.”

      Ball-less? This is like calling the citizens of the Soviet Union ball-less for not standing up to Stalin.

      • Vizzini

        A bunch of SJW hippies is hardly Stalin behind the Iron Curtain. As outrageously poor analogies go, that’s several tens of millions of corpses off-base.

      • suekeebler

        It’s not just that it would be likely to lead to a physical altercation–it could also lead to a photo op orchestrated by the BLM folks, no doubt ready to cry that “their” posters are being vandalized, or to stage things such that the college Republicans would be forced to look like the aggressors, with video being taken the whole time. The space and situation was controlled, in more ways than one, by the vandalizers, and the college administrators were also as afraid of the optics as they were of the unpredictable reaction of the protestors. This is why they waited till the building was closed and no one present. And they knew they could handle this on their own cowardly, slow, and biased terms because it was easy to predict what the rule-abiding Republicans would do….

    • jaye ellis

      I agree. American conservatives, college students need to learn how to physically fight – and that’s fight without guns.

    • Parent ’16

      They were threatened with “sanctions” by the administration if they did it themselves.

      • Vizzini

        Only after they went to the administration to seek permission to defend their board. A case where it’s better to ask forgiveness than to seek permission. They should have defended their board without first going to the administration (or risked the sanctions), and if the administration tried to blame them, brought in FIRE and an army of lawyers for the students. This is Dartmouth: most students there are not without family resources. It’s hard to fight for your rights if you’re not willing to get your hands dirty.

  • bignmuddy

    Cant wait to see the enrollment stats for next year, and I’m from Missouri and can tell you something about weak administrations and financial realities. Maybe it’s time for Dartmouth to be a fully subsidized federal institution, you know…like Leavenworth.

  • Chico Fuentes

    Seems to me that the aims of “BLM” are fairly incoherent, and further that nobody in that so-called movement has the slightest idea how to persuade others to the cause. There well may be common-sense (incremental) reforms that could help to reduce the relatively small number of people killed by police officers.

    Even though BLM tries to sell a wildly overblown narrative about a police war on people of color (including the pretense that anyone who gets shot was just an innocent minding his or her own business), there probably are some hotheaded cops and bad training that ought to be addressed. With efforts at constructive dialogue, maybe some changes could be made that would be win-win for just about everyone.

    However, pretending that cops in general are the enemies, and then bashing anyone with a view that isn’t completely pro-BLM, do nothing to generate support for policy changes. Instead, the behaviors we typically see from the BLM cadres simply make it clear that they are a-holes who have no real interest in getting anything done. They just like to whine, and pretend that they are victims. (Speaking of a-holes, how about that “even-handed” Dartmouth administration? If you claim to speak for BLM, is there anythng you can do that will get you in trouble with the spineless creatures that run the Dartmouth clown act?)

    • Gentlemanandscholar

      Very well said!

    • Spychiatrist

      Victimhood pays good dividends. It’s become quite a cottage industry these days.

      • piper60

        Being a loser has become a status symbol in some circles!

    • piper60

      The BLM chumps want a “revolution”meaning blood and death for those they don’t like and permanent poverty and suppression for those they claim they DO like!

  • oso_loco

    You only have those rights which you have the strength and the will to hold. Otherwise you have nothing.

  • FtzWW

    The near illiteracy of the postings of the Black Lives Matter supporters cited above pretty well begs the question, “On what basis were they admitted to Dartmouth, putatively one of the best and most selective schools in the country??”

    • Gentlemanandscholar

      Ebonics. ….maybe it’s Obonics now?
      Why are you disparaging their unique African American twist of the English language? Sarcasm

  • conservative_x

    72 years ago, hundreds of thousands of young men of similar age were preparing for the D-Day landings in order to preserve the American way of life. Thousands of these young men would give their lives in the course of those landings and in the months following. And today these college Republicans are too scared to stand up to a bunch of hoodlums on their own soil. Pathetic.

    • Chico Fuentes

      In general I share your sentiment, but the administration’s posture to date suggests that there will be no even-handed justice. In any sort of confrontation, whether verbal or physical, it seems fair to assume that this administration would have its hands heavily on the scales in favor of the BLM students and against the campus Republicans.

      • suekeebler

        And it’s not just the administration’s bias–this is surely a situation where optics would have been carefully controlled by the BLM protestors, and before any of those Republican students could post a timeline of the facts and the background, videos of them taking down BLM posters, possibly having to push through people posing as victims of vandalism, would have harmed their future employment prospects regardless of the fact that they were totally in the right…

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  • Willie Sam

    Unfortunately the administration is intimidated by the fascist tactics of student activists. Everyone knows that if the BLM signs were taken down there would be no end to the response from the cry-bullies. Best response is if Alumni of these institutions complain and withhold their donations until this disturbing trend on many of our campuses starts to simmer down,

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  • Faival44

    The student GOP shows the same appetite for fighting for their rights as their older brothers in the Congress. No wonder Trump is winning. People don’t like being run over by thugs, especially when they have the law on their side. Dartmouth is seriously out of control.

  • barbaro70

    The black lives matter nonsense was started and is being continued by pigs and hypocrites. It is that simple. The BLM jackasses have learned their lessons well from the race industry execs, the supreme race baiters, Al $harpton and Je$$e Jack$on. But they will not win. Conservatism is simply the correct philosophy to apply in these cases–conservatism is not superior to liberalism/leftyism/”progressivism”/Democrat BS because liberalism/leftyism/”progressivism”/Democrat BS is phoney-baloney, plastic banana, artificial unworkable, tried and failed nonsense.

  • Observer70

    Hmm. So BLM thinks that studying in the library is a racist act? (Par. 8 of their email.) Their fellow students are not only forbidden to disagree with them but also forbidden to study until everyone has been bullied into submission? Sounds like the administration has the situation well in hand. In fact, the entire email is an appalling compilation of lies and distortions on a scale that indicates a total unwillingness to engage in any dialogue of any kind. Disruption and violence appear to be the goals, not diversity or inclusion.

  • Gentlemanandscholar

    What does the yellow flower in the middle say?!

  • NotKennedy

    There goes the neighborhood.

    • fribble

      There go the rules and laws.
      All that matters now is your race.

      • NotKennedy

        BlackLiesMatter has fairly well extinguished any prospective hope that a minority degree from Dartmouth may once have conferred. In a very large body of potential employment candidates, some resumes are easier to cull and eliminate that others, site unseen. Prosperous Caucasian, non-African, parents can afford to discriminate and probably will. Dartmouth has been besmirched, diminished and degraded by harboring and fostering racial hatred and incivility. Mizzou was probably cheaper.

  • iDareYou

    Radical left uprising.

  • iDareYou

    Supress freedom of speech, whoever disagrees is a bigot and a racist. Leftist ideology.

  • rightwingprofessor

    I literally have just stopped payment on a $50,000 check to the Dartmouth College Fund.

    • Parent ’16

      Thank you!

    • jaye ellis

      Good for you.

      How about give that $50K to hard working, underfunded groups that work to restore free speech for Conservatives, traditionalists at American college campuses:

      FIRE
      National Association of Scholars
      Vdare

      • Parent ’16

        And let Dartmouth know where you decided to send it instead!

    • Parent ’16

      Thank you again. Your action may be the only thing that prompted a response to the undergraduate community shortly thereafter from the administration this morning.

      Although the equivalence they made between the “true vandalism” of the Black Lives Matter display (which was two people mistakenly taking what they thought were free t-shirts, not a deliberate tearing down of a display), to this latest episode of willful vandalism and suppression of free speech by BLM is certainly deceptive and a false equivalence to say the least. They also neglected to point out the obvious that freedom of speech is a constitutional right not only on college campuses, but in all of America, something BLM students should keep in mind for after they graduate and try to pull these same antics.

      President Hanlon, Provost Dever, Dean Biron, Vice Provost Ameer Today 11:35 AM

      To undergraduate students:

      Freedom of expression is a fundamental value of the Dartmouth community. By its very nature, the exercise of free speech will include views with which
      some of us disagree or which we find hurtful.

      The unauthorized removal on Friday of a student display for National Police Week in the Collis Center was an unacceptable violation of freedom of expression on our campus. Vandalism represents a silencing of free exchange, rather than open engagement. This was true of the vandalism of the Black Lives
      Matter display last November, and equally true of Friday’s action. Any students identified as being involved in such actions will be subject to our disciplinary process.

      Freedom to dissent lies at the heart of freedom of expression, and Dartmouth will always protect it. We encourage those who dissent to assert a counter perspective openly through one of many communications avenues available.

      Robust and respectful debate will always have a home at Dartmouth College. Open inquiry and free debate are sometimes uncomfortable. As challenging as
      it may be, the passionate but respectful exchange of ideas is the foundation of an academic community–both at Dartmouth and on campuses across the United States.

      Sincerely,

      Phil Hanlon ’77, President
      Carolyn Dever, Provost
      Rebecca Biron, Dean of the College
      Inge-Lise Ameer, Vice Provost for Student Affairs

      • MDKTT20

        Then remove these from your college for their crimes.

      • piper60

        At least the scum of the earth took down your display before they broke out the white-wash!

    • nAMEbOY

      You the real MVP

    • Spychiatrist

      Could you send that to me?

    • Spychiatrist

      A right wing prof, huh?

      You, sir, are as rare as Bigfoot or the Easter Bunny.

      • piper60

        But not nearly as welcome! Tenure?! YOU don’t need no stencil’ tenure!Just trust us!

    • piper60

      bravo! Even the bow-tied throne sniffing rump swabs understand the bottom line, even if the Bill of Rights is above their IQ level!

  • E.B. Wolf

    All alumni, current and possible future students take note.You are not welcome or safe at Dartmouth unless you fully and unquestioningly march in ideological lockstep with the BLM gang. Since faculty has clearly aligned themselves with the BLM thugs, let your wallets do the talking.

  • Vox_Clams

    So the “BLM” students in Hanover (violent crime rate close to zero) think that police should be eliminated in communities such as Chicago where the violent crime rate is just a tad higher? I suppose that they have just proven beyond any doubt that only some black lives matter to them.

  • jaye ellis

    Please name the names, print the photos, share their Facebook links and also do the research about their most probably spoiled rich AA families. Send on this information to Dartmouth alumni and also police organizations that do honor police officers killed in the line of duty.

    These BlackLiesMatter punks need to be treated like the spoiled, misbehaving children that they are.

    They need to be spanked and give a:

    Time Out.

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  • 82alum

    https://www.change.org/p/philip-hanlon-take-back-dartmouth?recruiter=534958130&utm_source=share_for_starters&utm_medium=copyLink
    IMPORTANT: I’m so glad to see student leaders take a stand! Sign the petition and spread it!

  • Pamela

    Let’s not forget the racial abuse, white students suffered, at hands of racist Black Lives Matter, and Dartmouth Administrators, last fall. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/nov/16/black-lives-matter-protesters-berate-white-student/

  • Aldridkg

    Here’s the issue.
    You can’t fight bullies with decorum, cause you will always lose.

    You need to fight using their language.

    In other words, personalize the issue. Pick out officers of diff ethnic backgrounds, put up pics of them and their families on a flyer that says why do black lives matter think that cops of all races and their kids don’t matter?

    Or something to the like.
    Why does BLM hate poor kids being protected by cops?
    Why do they care more about the criminals than the poor communities being brutalized and slaughtered by thugs?

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  • Harleyrose

    So how many of the Dartmouth alumni are raging Africans advocating the murder of whites and policemen, while donating millions to their alma mater??
    What? None?? You say the Dartmouth endowments are primarily bestowed by successful WHITE graduates??
    The critical thinking skills of my five year old grand-daughter could deduce a more rational response than capitulating to the violent, destructive sub-performers!

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  • KG Krostue

    It appears that the BLM supporters at Dartmouth wish they could take all material (books, newspapers, art, audio, video et al) that they disagree with, place it in the middle of the green and set fire to it. Here’s your sign BLM supporters: You cannot suppress your way to success.

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  • Brenda Owens

    I am amazed and appalled that you are spending $48,000+ a year for an education on a campus with this type of ludicrous behavior and response. Frankly, I advise you to leave, just leave. Go to a university that caters to people who are already working. Your education will be much more useful out here in the real world and your debt less oppressive. I note the BLM group do not believe in “neutral existence”. I have to wonder what will happen when a boss or coworker disagrees with them someday. If this is their response to free speech in this protected environment, they will surely need medication to function “in the real world”.

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  • Koolibog

    …Thug Lives Matter…

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  • vsevolod4

    Blm is a morally bankrupt movement which was founded on a series of lies, with the majority of the thugs they supported turning out to have attacked the police, resisted arrest or inflicted injuries upon themselves. They glorify thug violence, they have incited widespread looting, riots and violence. And they forget that by far the greatest threat to black lives comes not from the police who risk their lives to protect innocent black civilians, but from the very black thugs and gang members the Blm movement supports.

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  • Pete Sam

    I love liberals, the guardians of tolerance only if it’s their beliefs. This is what the left wing liberals mean when they speak of tolerance.

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  • Samuel Adams

    Regrettably, this is where vigilantism rears its ugly, but predictable, head. When duly appointed authorities refuse to enforce rules, regulations, principles or even laws and then proceed to inhibit other’s dependence on same through the implication of cowardice, hypocrisy or blackmail…then people begin to take things into their own hands.
    Who will be to blame when mutual violence breaks out at the next display of force by the enemies of freedom, liberty, and self-rule? What is the appropriate defense against anarchy?

    • 1st Amend.

      Exactly. You can see this in the rise of the far right in Europe.

  • David Warner

    “Needless to say, The Review hopes that civility ensues”

    To paraphrase Franklin, those who would sacrifice common sense or self-respect in pursuit of civility will deserve neither and lose both.

  • Hibernian Faithful

    Nothing more intolerant than a tolerant liberalpro(RE)gressivesocialistfascist (but I repeat myself).

    I am citizen, not a subject.

  • Fubar333

    B.L.M.
    Bigot Lives Matter
    These bigots are worse than the KKK…at least the Klan knows it is bigoted!

  • Spychiatrist

    Black fascists is what the black lives matter movement are.

    Black fascism for the whole world to see.

  • mary kile

    Money does the talking. Do not donate money to universities that don’t value civil rights for ALL. If free speech is going to survive don’t pander to universities that pander to radical groups. And somebody needs to let this guy know about that: Biggest donation in Dartmouth History by Barry McLean: http://www.wmur.com/news/dartmouth-receives-25m-gift-from-alumnus/39580070
    http://www.macleanfogg.com/who-we-are/barry-maclean/

  • Spychiatrist

    Cracks me up that the whitest state in the nation has to deal with BLM’s too.

    Is there anywhere to escape the denizens of PC subterfuge?

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  • jdd

    99 Problems ….

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  • brainy37

    It’s amazing how cowardly the college administration becomes when this sort of thing happens with liberal group. They’ll cave at a movements notice because these assholes will make a scene. Yet they know that conservative groups will not and can be reasoned with. Maybe it’s time to start making a scene and get these administrators attention. Conservatives have long been the quiet ones who work through the courts or other legal means rather than hashtag advocacy. Maybe it’s time to put away the old methods and start using their own methods against them.

  • Dana Davis

    One in three has been incarcerated, what else is there to say on this matter? Well, actually, there is more we can say: These are dirtbags and terrorists. Put them in jail.

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  • yikesarama

    And this is why we have Trump. People are disgusted by this political correctness-bordering-on-fascism.

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  • Kathy Bamert

    Sheer ignorance. #bluelivesmatter #alllivesmatter

  • Kathy Bamert

    ABSOLUTE ignorance. #bluelivesmatter #alllivesmatter

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  • MDKTT20

    NO, Black lives do not matter until these radical Blacks and whites wise up and start to do what is right and proper which I doubt they even understand how too do.

  • Bacon Lover

    Vandal P.O.S.es
    Lock ’em up.

  • GlobalConflictWatch

    Dartmouth administrators have no clue what the right to freedom of speech is nor the sacrifices of hundreds of thousands of Americans have made over the past 240 years in its defense. They are a DISGRACE and an INSULT to the Dartmouth community at large, as are specifically these BLM protestors who should be AT LEAST on probabtion if not outright EXPELLED for their FASCIST-NAZI suppression of free speech.

  • ubik

    So, basically, I can easily dismiss Ivy League grads since I don’t want to have poison in my system. Wish we could keep Ivy Leaguers out of positions of power for a decade. Suspect our liberty and prosperity would increase.

  • KG Krostue

    Two articles this past week-end that have applicability to Black lives matter, blue lives matter. A black cop killed in Memphis. http://abcnews.go.com/US/memphis-police-officer-struck-killed-shooting-suspects-car/story?id=39618677 Via the NYT 50 of 64 of the people shot in Chicago over Memorial Day week-end were
    on the police list. 7 had been shot before. This is called predictive
    policing. Chicago police say list based on arrests, past shootings,
    gang ties. 6 of the 64 died. This is long but worth a read. http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/06/04/us/chicago-shootings.html?_r=1

  • Yamamma

    Glad my child went to community college…….

  • Tholzel

    Although I have given a small amount faithfully to Dartmouth for over 50 years, the administration’s unwillingness to condemn and punish the the BLM invaders of Baker Library was the straw that broke this camel’s back, and I broke off all financial support.

  • piper60

    Well, Dartmouth students have been commanded by the BL, terrorist organization that their rights undertake Billof Rights have been cancelled by decree of the voice of Black murder. You cannot deviate from your ruler’s Official Part Line!if you do, your “free expression”will be suppressed by force and vandalism. Welcome to the new, liberal version of America!Remember, by the way, that you are also required to vote for Hillariousand to support Lyin’ Al Sharpton, Bloody Shirt Jesse jacksonand such like as “civil rights” leaders. If you don’t, the jack-boots and night sticks are next!

  • jules2u

    So these fools were rewarded for their disgusting behavior? If they did not follow the regulations put forth by the college and vandalized another groups display, they should not have been rewarded, they should have been expelled from the college. This is the problem happening around the nation, people think they are above the rules because of their skin color.

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  • 1st Amend.

    These few lines from the piece completely sum up the real problem, and the real racism.
    “Anna Hall, the Director of the Collis Center, emailed and met with the
    College Republicans to discuss how to proceed. Initially, they discussed
    the feasibility of taking down the Black Lives Matter flyers at around
    3:00 PM. However, no type of administrative response or action was
    forthcoming. When a Black Lives Matter display was defaced in the Fall,
    the administration responded with swift condemnation, exposing a clear
    double standard in how the administration treats different viewpoints.”

    The racist part is tricky and not immediately intuitive. Under the pretense of support, the administration actually reveals its racism. “Of course we can’t expect BLM to conform to the standards of civility we expect from white students. I mean, they are after all largely comprised of black students”. So, the double standard reveals the true racism and the true disdain the university has for Blacks.

  • 1st Amend.

    Well, there you have it. Welcome to crazytown.

    “In fact, after much discussion, we were told by Safety & Security
    and Collis leadership that restoring our display would put us in
    violation of College policy and that we would be subject to punishment
    by Dartmouth Judicial Affairs.”

  • piper60

    Notice the imperative tone of the flyers:”Yu cannot!”Fascism lives!