Northwestern University President is “Disgusted” By Anti-Police Protests
Well, this doesn’t happen every day. The president of a prominent university actually condemning the unrest caused by left-wing student activists? This is practically unheard of in the modern age, so we have to tip our hats to Northwestern University President Morty Schapiro, who will probably be dealing with a sit-in and calls for his resignation after daring to speak out – even mildly – against the anti-police demonstrations in Evanston, Illinois over the weekend.
In a letter published Monday, Schapiro sympathized with “the many injustices faced by Black and other marginalized group” and said that he is supportive of calls to reform policing and criminal justice. However, he said, he would not be giving in to calls to abolish campus police and he would not stand idly by and watch protesters break the law in the name of social justice.
“What started as peaceful protests have recently grown into expressions that have been anything but peaceful or productive,” wrote Schapiro. “Crowds blocked the streets of downtown Evanston and nearby residential areas, disrupting businesses and local families, defacing property and violating laws and University standards. Some of the instigators appear not to be Northwestern students at all, but rather outside activists.
“I condemn, in the strongest possible terms, the overstepping of the protestors,” he continued. “They have no right to menace members of our academic and surrounding communities. When students and other participants are vandalizing, lighting fires, and spray-painting phrases such as ‘kill the pigs,’ we have moved well past legitimate forms of free speech.”
Schapiro isn’t just being a concerned citizen, of course. He was responding to the marchers who were led right up to his front door by a local organization called “NU Community Not Cops”.
“Divest from NUPD, disband NUPD, invest in Black lives and get the f*** out of our University,” one student outside Schapiro’s house shouted during the demonstration.
Schapiro said that some of the protesters engaged in “vile and personal” insults using phrases like “Piggy Morty” that come “dangerously close to a longstanding trope against observant Jews like myself.”
“To those protesters and their supporters who justify such actions, I ask you to take a long hard look in the mirror and realize that this isn’t actually ‘speaking truth to power’ or furthering your cause. It is an abomination, and you should be ashamed of yourselves,” said Schapiro. “If you haven’t yet gotten my point, I am disgusted by those who chose to disgrace this University in such a fashion.”
Well, we’re impressed. The usual position taken by university leaders against protesters is to roll over and play dead while giving the Woke Crew everything they demand. Good for Schapiro for having a little steel in his spine.