Around 5:45 p.m., as attendees began to leave the conference, students outside chanted the phrase “Genocide is not a joke” and held up written signs of the same words. . . . A large group of students eventually gathered outside of the building on High Street. According to Buckley fellows present during the conference, several attendees were spat on as they left. One Buckley fellow said he was spat on and called a racist. . . .Mitchell Rose Bear Don’t Walk ’16, a Native American student and one of the leaders of the protest, said she has spoken to the fellow who said he was spat on. She emphasized that spitting is “disgraceful” and not the message the protestors were looking to convey, but she confirmed that it did happen.
Zach Young, president of the Buckley Program, offered additional commentary on the events.
Of note, Lukianoff, president of FIRE, had been the guest at a Silliman College Master’s Tea hosted by embattled Silliman Master Nicholas Christakis, who also delivered opening remarks at the daylong conference. Lukianoff is also the co-author (with Jonathan Haidt) of an important article on the “coddling” of university students, and last week’s events would seem to confirm much of Lukianoff and Haidt’s thesis.
As a Yale alum, this is all a bit embarrassing. Here’s a post about what political correctness at Yale was like when I was a student.