Vi­o­lent protests are not the norm on col­lege cam­puses

The Denver Post - - NEWS - Re: Gerry Camilli,

“Con­ser­va­tives are sour­ing on col­leges. Blame col­leges,” July 14 Me­gan McAr­dle col­umn.

It has been said that ig­no­rance is the en­emy of democ­racy, and I would add to that jour­nal­ists who use the me­dia to fo­ment fear-mon­ger­ing. How many speak­ers come to col­leges ev­ery year and how many of these events turn vi­o­lent? Tak­ing a few notable in­stances where stu­dents used vi­o­lence to protest against some pretty de­spi­ca­ble conservative speak­ers, Klans­men and white na­tion­al­ists and then splash­ing it across the me­dia as if this is a nor­mal oc­cur­rence at col­lege is ir­re­spon­si­ble jour­nal­ism.

Given the fact that con­ser­va­tives run all three branches of the fed­eral gov­ern­ment, con­trol the ma­jor­ity of state­houses and gov­er­nor­ships, and own the ma­jor­ity of busi­nesses and cor­po­ra­tions, blam­ing lib­er­als is start­ing to sound like a lame ex­cuse. I would sug­gest con­ser­va­tives start look­ing within them­selves as to why they re­ject science and ed­u­ca­tion. Send let­ters of 150 words or fewer to open­fo­rum@den­ver­ or 101 W. Col­fax Ave., Suite 800, Den­ver, CO, 80202. Please in­clude full name, city and phone num­ber. Con­tact in­for­ma­tion is for our pur­poses only; we will not share it with any­one else. You can reach us by tele­phone at 303-954-1331.

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