Administrators expressed disappointment and threatened discipline in the wake of a demonstration that disrupted a planned public event Thursday featuring conservative commentator and author Heather MacDonald at Claremont McKenna College.
The campus demonstration was among the latest nationwide to impede the appearance of a conservative speaker.
In this instance, about 250 protesters blocked the entrance to the Athenaeum, where MacDonald was scheduled to appear. Many chanted “black lives matter” and “black lives — they matter here.”
Campus officials and security decided not to force entry into the venue on behalf of those who came to hear MacDonald speak.
“Based on the judgment of the Claremont Police Department, we jointly concluded that any forced interventions or arrests would have created unsafe conditions for students, faculty, staff, and guests,” Claremont McKenna College President Hiram E. Chodosh said in a statement. “I take full responsibility for the decision to err on the side of these overriding safety considerations.”
Instead, MacDonald spoke before a handful of observers while the college live-streamed the event to a viewing audience that Chodosh estimated at 250 — about the same number as those protesting outside, according to authorities.
Her 30-minute talk also was made available for later viewing...
The day before, protesters also disrupted MacDonald’s appearance at UCLA. There, MacDonald gave her talk and took some questions, including one or more from protesters, with answers that sometimes led to angry reactions, according to accounts of the event.
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