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The Chalking Continues: U. Mich Students Call Police Over 'Trump 2016' and 'Stop Islam' Messages

An 'emergency'? Please.

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Robby Soave / Reason

Students at another university are furious about a spate of chalk scribblings that appeared on campus this week. "Trump 2016," "Build the Wall," and "Stop Islam" were among the messages that made some members of University of Michigan community feel unsafe enough to actually call the police.

UM is a public university, unlike Emory University and Scripps College, and its students enjoy broader free speech protections under the First Amendment. The chalkings, which appeared on the Diag—a public square frequently inhabited by activists of various causes—seem even less out of place here than at Emory. As a graduate of UM, I can testify to the fact that the campus is highly politically active and frequently inhabited by demonstrators, littered with flyers, and yes, even covered in chalk.

And yet you would think—based on this story in The Michigan Dailythat UM students are so sheltered they have never encountered an opinion that offends them. How else can anyone explain why a group of student-activists were so spooked by obvious political speech that they overcame their natural aversion to the police and actually called for help?

"I've been getting bounced around from one person to another, and I understand it's after hours, but there should be some kind of emergency number besides the police because a lot of students of color don't feel comfortable calling the police," one irate student, Banen Al-Sheemary, told The Daily. "They're our only resource and that I think is ridiculous."

What's ridiculous is that the students wasted the authorities' time at all. The chalkings weren't an emergency: they were protected expression, and neither the police nor the university is under any obligation to remove them.

Chalk messages are easily erased, of course, and the students were able to cleans the Diag easily enough with a few buckets of water. Al-Sheemary described this as "a really difficult process" and lamented that the administration's inaction "perpetuates these really racist and hateful stereotypes that turn into violence and turn into students of color feeling unsafe on campus."

UM did release a statement. "Attacks directed toward any member or group within the University of Michigan community, based on a belief or characteristic, are inconsistent with our values of respect, civility and equality," said UM spokesperson Rick Fitzgerald, referencing the "Stop Islam" message.

I understand the sentiment being expressed here, but is it really the case that "attacks"—if that is indeed what these messages are—directed toward adherents of certain religions are off limits? Islam is an ideology, not a race. It seems like a university is fine place to speak out against systems of belief that one thinks are harmful, including various religions.

Imagine if right-leaning students had taken offense at a message that read "Stop Conservatives" or "Stop Republicans." Should the cops do something about pro-Bernie Sanders students if they chalk "Stop Hillary"?

Criticism is not an act of violence, no matter how fervently the campus left insists that it is.

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  1. Jesus. It isn’t like the Mcdonalds ran out of nuggets.

    1. These are indeed attacks; they are trigger-speech; and, as such, they are dangerous and must be stopped by whatever means necessary. It starts with chalk on the sidewalk, and then it turns into emails, and before you know it the dignity and reputation of students and distinguished professors alike is being assaulted with inappropriately deadpan “parody.” Only a single liberal judge has sought to defend this form of fake (and hence fraudulent) fiction, with a foolish “First Amendment dissent” that has brought shame upon the judiciary. See the documentation of America’s leading criminal “satire” case at:

      http://raphaelgolbtrial.wordpress.com/

  2. Trigger them right into their safe spaces and lock the doors from the outside!

    1. You know who else locked people inside a safe space?

      1. Jame Gumb?

        1. IT WASHES THE CHALK OFF THE SIDEWALK

  3. STOP STUPIDITY!

  4. UM students are so sheltered they have never encountered an opinion that offends them

    I’ve always assumed they are perpetually offended by having to live in Michigan.

  5. I wonder how long it will be before they resort to violence to stop these madmen from terrorizing the populace? We surely need these chalking heathens to disappear behind a black bag.

  6. Our enemies around the globe laugh and take comfort at the ongoing wussification of America. All they have to do is wait another twenty to thirty years when these kids are running things and they could invade the whole USA with like a division.

  7. This is hilarious; the safe spacer idiots have quite moronically opened themselves up to getting pranked hard. Every joker who loves to stir the shit is going to write chalk slogans now, because it’s been shown to make dipshits go FULL RETARD and call the cops. Over chalk writing. So now they’re annoying the cops, they’re insanely easy to prod, and they just keep calling the authorities over chalk writing.

    There is going to be a LOT more of this. It’ll be interesting when they finally catch someone actually writing stuff, though. I predict the person gets assaulted. Because that’s what the safe spacers are all about: finding something that they will say is aggression against them, thereby opening the door for them to be wildly disproportionately aggressive back.

    1. Doesn’t this shit make you wish you were 14 right now? Hell, we used to break windows and spray paint dirty words on walls and think we were causing problems. Today, you could take a piece of chalk and go out and write “Islam sucks” and “Trump 2016” on a couple of spots near a college campus and send people to the psych ward in shock. I can’t imagine the kind of fun I would have had if people had been this retarded back when I was that age.

      1. I’m 32 and I’d still drop everything to egg the entire University of Michigan.

        1. I’m a retired academic, and I’m with you on this one. Hell, I was on the campus just a while ago, and didn’t even THINK to take chalk.

          “Islam was ‘Oma’sFavorite-ophobic’ for 14 centuries before Oma’sFavorite was born.” –Me.

    2. If this was happening when I was at school I would be doing everything in my power to make them break.

    3. Do the words, “Streisand Effect,” come to mind?

    4. If they keep calling the cops, it’s only a matter of time before somebody gets shot.

      Hence, chalk = violence. QED.

  8. What’s ridiculous is that the students wasted the authorities’ time at all.

    What is ridiculous is that the authorities even allowed the students to take up their time. They should have said “That’s perfectly legal. Grow up.” and let that be the end of it.

    1. This.

      Although charging them with some false-alarm thingie might help them grow up.

    2. The problem with that approach is that a couple of administrators have already lost their jobs for failing to give due credence to swooning students. But I agree that they should definitely stop enabling this idiocy.

  9. “Attacks directed toward any member or group within the University of Michigan community, based on a belief or characteristic, are inconsistent with our values of respect, civility and equality.”

    Apparently neo-nazis have a safe space at UM.

    1. Does sound like a surprisingly unbiased statement from the administration to me. They must be well-connected and have no fear of being hounded out of their jobs by the little monsters.

  10. I sat through my first “microagression” training at a meeting a couple weeks back. I spoke up at the end, as did a few others. The general feeling in the room seemed to me to be “This is all sort of silly”. I don’t think this can last that much longer.

    1. I’ve never been subjected to that kind of bullshit, but at my age if anyone tries guilt-peddling on me, I will either walk away or make them wish they’d never been born.

      -jcr

    2. touchy feelly stuff has been going on for decades in the work place. it has always silly enough to make people chuckle. it will last longer than you think, because some bean counter will find a way to tie it to a lack of harassment lawsuits

  11. Chalked is the new Schlonged

  12. “Trump 2016,” “Build the Wall,” and “Stop Islam” were among the messages that made some members of University of Michigan community feel unsafe enough to actually call the police.

    Bullshit.

    They don’t feel unsafe at all – they’re bullies who know if they whine about feeling unsafe somebody will come along and make the people they don’t like shut up. If I were at UM I’d start filing complaints about how unsafe I feel with these whiny crybabies drawing attention to how many defenseless whiny crybabies there are at UM.

    1. “They don’t feel unsafe at all – they’re bullies who know if they whine about feeling unsafe somebody will come along and make the people they don’t like shut up.”

      this, exactly. we have a growing number of people who have managed to redefine “unsafe” to include “offended.”

  13. It’s cute (but appallingly naive) that you think ‘student activists’ regard the police as ‘natural enemies’. They are natural allies.
    The police are natural resources to them. Their only problem is that the ‘wrong’ people are directing them.
    That’s been true since the 60’s if not before. I was chastised in 1970 for holding that the New Left was America’s Puritan Revival. But it was no less true then than it is now.
    This is all about control. The Left (and the Right — two wings of one bird of prey) want to control the world *their* way. That includes using the police to shut down dissent.
    How could anyone watching the progress of socialism in anywhere from the Soviet Union to Central and South America doubt it?
    And these people are adherents of socialism. The group over the individual, always and forever. As long as it’s the ‘right’ group. And they demand and insist that they are the sole and final arbiters of who is the ‘right’ group.

    1. Yes, the true socialists have no illusions about the use of force. They don’t regard it as illegitimate at all. They don’t believe in playing by the rules, fairness, or anything else. They believe in winning. That’s the difference between a “liberal” and “leftist” in America today. A “liberal” generally at least gives lip service to the concept of non-violence and honest debate. To a leftist, those things are just tools to be cynically used to manipulate the debate in their favor.

  14. If I was in college now, I would be stocking up on chalk right now.

  15. “I’ve been getting bounced around from one person to another, and I understand it’s after hours, but there should be some kind of emergency number besides the police because a lot of students of color don’t feel comfortable calling the police,” one irate student, Banen Al-Sheemary,

    They need an emergency squad standing by 24hrs a day with a special phone number to take care of these problems.

    May I suggest “Fahrenheit 451” or “1984”

    1. Banen Al-Sheemary is the perfect name for one these twits. a little too perfect. sounds made up.

    2. “students of color”

      Can we just bring back “colored”?

  16. I thought Harbaugh was supposed to give that school a spine again.

    1. Seeing the looking on his face as O.S.U gave U.M their annual drubbing was priceless. U.M seems to be full of pussies.The only good thing coming out of there is a empty Greyhound bus.

    2. they don’t let him have opinions until he beats ohio state at least once.

  17. Banen Al-Sheemary

    The name suggests an Arabic FTM gay man with a penchant for censorship. Sure sounds legit

    1. About Banen Al-Sheemary Banen Al-Sheemary is a recent graduate of the University of Michigan. She majored in History and Arabic. Banen and her family fled Iraq during the first U.S. invasion of Iraq. They settled in a refugee camp in Saudi Arabia for years. Her goal is to raise awareness about the numerous challenges Iraqis face as a result of the occupation. You can follow her on Twitter at @balsheem.

      and

      Banen Al-Sheemary (@balsheem) is a graduate student pursuing history and women’s studies. A graduate of the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Banen is involved with the Iraqi refugee community and is invested in issues concerning young women of color.
      —–

      At least she’s assimilated quickly. The family blew past the “open a small business and work 80 hours weeks” phase and went straight to “become political activists”

  18. Remember, this is one jackass out of a university with a student body numbering in the thousands. As we saw at Emory, the majority of Michigan students are likely laughing at him.

    1. What matters isn’t how many of these nutters there are. Its what they actually get done.

  19. The Leaders and the Best….

  20. Next reason contest: who chalks the most inflammatory message at UM?

    My suggestion? “cis hetero white male upper-middle-class privilege rules!”

    1. Male, White, Straight and Proud

      Set up a tishirt stand just off campus selling T-shirts with that logo.

    2. Mine: “Bang bang”

      1. That is a good one. Or just stencil a gun on the sidewalk. Can you imagine the pants shitting over that?

        1. Or a sketch of a hand making a gun gesture

  21. i’m not normally in favor of police misconduct, but if an officer or five accidentally discharged their weapons because one of the complaining witnesses resembled a dog or something, i wouldn’t think that was something worth examining too closely. just saying.

    1. The gun just went off. Shots were fired. Mistakes were made in the heat of the moment under extreme pressure.

    2. Holy fuck. That’s the funniest thing I’ve read all day. Thanks.

  22. NO WAY I’m clicking on the link to that logo’s image…

  23. i especially like the calls for a separate police force…priceless.

    1. Regular police are too violent and dangerous for black people to want to call them. Therefore, we have instituted a new police force that is even more violent and dangerous. Because after all, when the institution is inherently racist there’s nothing smarter than having that flawed decision making process review their decision making process.

    2. Actually, we should encourage that sort of thing. What could be more anarchist than multiple competing police forces?

    3. Doesn’t Farrakhan’s Nation of Islam have a hotline the offended can call? They behave like they have their own police force. And their ideology is in line with the crybullies.

  24. Islam is an ideology, not a race

    I’ll do you one better, and get ready for uncomfortable truth: even if the message goes against race, even if it goes against a “disadvantaged” race (hahaha), that speech is protected. That’s how this whole free speech thing works, no matter who likes it or how it makes anyone feel….

  25. “overcame their natural aversion to the police”

    HA HA HA HA HA HA

  26. What’s really impressive is that, after calling the police, no one at all made a single furtive motion!

  27. Maybe we can agree to refer to Trump 2016 as the “T” word.

  28. “there should be some kind of emergency number besides the police because a lot of students of color don’t feel comfortable calling the police,” one irate student, Banen Al-Sheemary, told The Daily. “They’re our only resource and that I think is ridiculous.”

    One could hope that this insight could lead this irate student down the logic path toward ideas such as “wow, the state is really bad at doing things, and competition from private firms could be a real step in the right direction”, thus, in time, leading him into the open arms of individualism and libertarian theory. One could hope. But, of course, one would be wrong.

  29. Hahahahha.

    So, like, did they not stop to consider that some of the police force might be Trump supporters?
    White working-class labor, and Trump is so totally pro-cop, it’s hard to imagine that these students aren’t now the butt of the department’s jokes.

  30. Islam is an ideology, not a race. It seems like a university is fine place to speak out against systems of belief that one thinks are harmful, including various religions.

    Robby has stopped letting his beautiful hair write his posts. Good for you, Robby.

  31. Note to self: never hire “Banen Al-Sheemary” for any position, ever. EVER.

    1. Don’t worry. She’ll be NGO or government employee exclusively.

  32. Mail them Trump photos every day

  33. I’d lay odds on a Bernie supporter being behind it. There are probably a sum total of 3 1/2 Trump supporters within 15 miles of the U of M campus

  34. You find their hot buttons and lay on it till a fuse blows. Then you hook ’em to jumper cables and set it to “start”. Fry their troglodyte brains.

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