Poll of Professors: Charles Murray’s Protested Speech at Middlebury was Middle of the Road

So what was so offensive about Charles Murray’s speech? Last month, the conservative scholar tried to give a talk at Middlebury College in Vermont. Over 400 students and faculty members shouted him down. They chanted, “Racist, sexist, anti-gay, Charles Murray go away!”

Later, after Murray and faculty member Alison Stanger had livestreamed the debate from somewhere else on campus, they were attacked as they went to their car. Masked protesters twisted the moderator’s neck, giving her a concussion and sending her to the hospital. The irony? Political scientist Alison Stanger does not even share Murray’s views. She just wanted an open discussion.

So what was so controversial about his speech? It couldn’t have been his recent book, Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010. That made only a few people mad. The New York Times included it on its list of 100 Notable Books of 2012. Not that book, then.

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