September 21, 2009

Intimidation and Domestic Terrorism at UNC Chapel Hill

Glenn Reynolds links this morning to an article that hits close to home, an apparent campaign by radical campus leftists at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill to destroy a campus group via threats of violence:

Is a major state university going to let radical groups silence a legitimate college organization and drive it off campus through a campaign of violence and intimidation?

That is just one of the important questions raised by the most recent incident involving the UNC-Chapel Hill student organization Youth for Western Civilization (YWC) and a coalition of radical leftist groups. Some of the radicals are connected to the school, such as the UNC chapter of the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), while others are community-based and have no affiliation with UNC.

According to a Raleigh News & Observer report last week, anonymous flyers appeared on the Chapel Hill campus that provided the name, photograph, phone number, and home address of the YWC's faculty advisor, emeritus professor Elliot Cramer. The flyers asked, "Why is your professor supporting white supremacy?"

Nikhil Patel, the current YWC president, perceived an implied threat in the flyer. It was not the first time that the radicals used this approach to intimidate the YWC. At a YWC event in April that was violently disrupted by radicals, they directed the following chant at YWC members and in particular, last year's YWC president, Riley Matheson: "Against racists, we will fight. We know where you sleep at night."

Violence and the political left is nothing new, especially violence from the SDS.

And there is the possibility that the threats of violence from this generation of SDS radicals may have "teeth" provided by an SDS radical of days gone by with a violent past.

Until several years ago, Howard Machtinger was the Teaching Fellows Director at UNC's School of Education. Prior to his academic career, Machtinger was best known for his activities as an active member of the SDS and it's more violent domestic terrorist offshoot, the Weather Underground. A recent article called Time Bomb in the San Francisco Weekly News alleges Machtinger was one of the bomb builders for the terrorist group, and alleges that he and Bernadine Dohrn were behind the Feb. 16, 1970 Park Police Station bombing that killed SFPD Officer Brian McDonnell.

Machtinger, 63, still lives locally in Durham, NC and remains politically active.

I'm not alleging that Machtinger is building bombs for the UNC-CH Students for a Democratic Society or is training a new generation of Weather Underground terrorists, but his past associations indicate a man willing to go to extremes to push his ideology, and his proximity to the UNC group and his ties to the campus make it reasonable to wonder if his influence plays a role in the recent threats that may drive Youth for Western Civilization off of UNC-Chapel Hill's campus.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at September 21, 2009 10:07 AM

America badly needs a de-communization effort similar to the de-Nazification which happened in Germany after WWII. These scum are are entrenched in positions of influence throughout society.

McCarthy was right.

Posted by: Steve at September 21, 2009 10:36 AM

Word. The Democrats were lost to Marxism in the forties. Sadly, Republicans flirt with it as well, generally claiming only to more efficiently administer programs clawing FROM EACH in accordance with their ability (to pay) and TO EACH in accordance with their bottomless needs. Political philosophies are not even relevant at this point. Just the basic math dooms SS, Medi-this and that, the various takeovers of the economy. Bah.

From the youngsters, much of the objection to the objections about Barack is that they amount to calling him a big Commie. They are only vaguely aware of why this should be objectionable but aware they are. Here are two questions for the Meathead in your life. Firstly, if Obama WERE a "Big Commie" (and we presume they agree that there is such a beast) what WOULD he be doing? Maybe nationalizing the banks? Medicine? The auto industry? Newspapers? Hmmm. As the wise Goldfinger said; once is bad luck, twice is coincidence. Three times is enemy action.

Secondly, if someone is calling Barackus a "Big Commie", so what? Just what is wrong with being a Commie? I think you will find their education spotty on that.

Posted by: megapotamus at September 21, 2009 11:00 AM

the University of Kansas just hired as it's chancellor a prominent member of the ruling elite of UNCC. A PC selection that believes in the self esteem of students rather than the education of students. Bad Call Jayhawks

Posted by: bman at September 21, 2009 11:39 AM

Setting aside the clear threats of violence, the leftists are also trying to equate a type of civilization with race. As always. They think your race affects your point of view and how you would like to order your civilization. This exposes their own bigotry, especially with the clear example of the opposite in the form of the USA, where persons of all races can come together to form one civilization. This isn't just my interpretation of the interpretation of a few "fringe." Rather, it is so central to the idea of America that we print it on all our money. E. pluribus unum. Would they rather we say, "Out of many, many?"

Posted by: Silhouette at September 21, 2009 12:08 PM

Bman: virtually all college administrators at that level believe in the PC catechism, or a do a real fine job of reciting it. They are the Establishment now, the conformists, the ones who impose and enforce orthodoxy.

Posted by: Zhombre at September 21, 2009 07:25 PM