May 03, 2014

Condi Rice withdraws as Rutgers speaker

As reported this morning by The Corner, former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice has withdrawn from the commencement ceremony at Rutgers University. Why? What else? Because some radical, hypocritical "progressives" had protested her appearance, and she ultimately did not want to be a "distraction."

Jay Nordlinger's subsequent take is spot-on. (I particularly like this: "If conservatives wanted to try their hand at the Leftís game, they could say, 'Rutgers apparently canít stand the sight or sound of an independent black woman.'Ē) Conservative students have to put up with "progressive" speakers all the time. And there's nary a protest. I'd add that's partly because conservatives, compared to many "progressives," actually have manners. Nevertheless, as personal anecdote, I had to put up with Jumpin' Joe Biden as my college commencement speaker back in the late 80s. Although I wasn't happy about it, and certainly didn't heckle the guy during his speech, my good buddy seated next to me wasn't as constrained. And in retrospect, good for him. Some of his heckling even caused a few profs to turn around and give him a nasty glare, but he remained undeterred. What were they gonna do, after all? We graduated!

Nordlinger calls it "a dirty game," but in my view, that's precisely what the Right has to start playing. Indeed, as a commenter notes at the link above, Boss Obama didn't withdraw as Notre Dame commencement speaker despite protests related to the president's abortion views. The college suffered millions in lost donations as a result, but it didn't back down, just as President Lemon did not. Conservative invitees need to follow this example.

Posted by Hube at May 3, 2014 10:37 AM | TrackBack

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