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Charles Murray's Posters Vandalized Ahead Of Columbia University Talk


The posters for controversial sociologist Charles Murray's talk at Columbia University were vandalized by students at Barnard College. He was scheduled to have a talk on Mar. 23.

Earlier this month, Charles Murray's event at Middlebury College was disrupted by violent protesters. They chanted about how racist, sexist and anti-gay the social scientist is and that they cannot tolerate his message of hatred.

Charles Murray became controversial for his 1994 book entitled "The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life." It gained backlash for linking intelligence with race and the author has been deemed as a "white nationalist" by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

This time, The College Fix reported that it was able to identify 16 flyers on Tuesday and Thursday which have been vandalized in the Barnard Student Center. On some, cartoon devil horns were drawn on Murray's face while other posters labeled the sociologist as a "white supremacist."

Murray's face on five flyers in another part of the student center had been strategically impaled with push pins. His lecture at Columbia University is entitled "Are Elites to Blame for the Rise of Donald Trump?" This is his first talk after the event at Middlebury College.

The talk is being organized by the university's chapter of the American Enterprise Institute. It is the same group that hosted "Factual Feminist" Christina Hoff Sommers' event last semester. Several flyers for Sommers' event were also torn down.

Columbia student Jonathan Schatz-Mizrahi, who is also the primary organizer for the event, said that Murray's talk is important so that students can listen to Murray's perspective. He noted that several students are out of touch with "white working-class America," which is why it's important to understand why Trump appeals to that specific demographic and what the impact will be on the future of the United States.

A spokesperson for Barnard College told the publication that the administration expects all students to follow the school's rules. Its Code of Conduct prohibits attempted or actual theft as well as damage to property of the institution.

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