Most of the students who were there came to protest.
Gavin McInnes arrived on stage to a chorus of boos. He
semi-ironically began his speech by saying he came to discuss
the Jew, the black and the Mexican. Beneath his ironic exterior,
we knew that his rhetoric about political correctness is only a
cover for white supremacy. NYC Antifa reported on Twitter that
outside, Proud Boys “sieg heiled the crowd while protected by
police.” Protesters continually heckled McInnes as he rambled
incoherently about Margaret Thatcher and Argentina.
He then told the crowd that he was pepper sprayed with a water
gun. “When I was sprayed I thought, ‘maybe it was acid,’ but
then I remembered this isn’t Islam.” That was the breaking
point. Many of our classmates and friends who are Muslim have
been directly affected by Trump’s Islamophobic travel ban.
Chants of “Fuck you” and “Whose campus? Our campus!” drowned out
The dean repeatedly took the mic from McInnes, telling
protesters to quiet down because we need to “respect free
speech.” We yelled at the dean too, telling him there is no free
speech for Nazis. The last time this happened, McInnes said to
the dean, “You are ridiculous sir. You are a dumb liberal
asshole. You’re a beta male cuck.” That was it. The dean
tolerated and even supported McInnes’s racist hate speech, but
would not stand for his personal insult and humiliation.
Security escorted McInnes out of the room.