What are your thoughts here Protest stops Tancredo's UNC speech?

CHAPEL HILL -- UNC-CH police released pepper spray and threatened to use a Taser on student protesters Tuesday evening when a crowd disrupted a speech by former Colorado congressman Tom Tancredo opposing in-state tuition benefits to unauthorized immigrants.

Hundreds of protesters converged on Bingham Hall, shouting profanities and accusations of racism while Tancredo and the student who introduced him tried to speak. Minutes into the speech, a protester pounded a window of the classroom until the glass shattered, prompting Tancredo to flee and campus police to shut down the event.

Tancredo was brought to campus by a UNC chapter of Youth for Western Civilization, a national organization of students who oppose mass immigration, multiculturalism and affirmative action.two women who delayed Tancredo's speech by stretching a 12-foot banner across the front of the classroom. It read, "No dialogue with hate."

Police escorted the women into the hallway, amid more than 30 protesters who clashed with the officers trying to keep them out of the overcrowded classroom. After police released pepper spray and threatened the crowd with a Taser, the protesters gathered outside Bingham Hall.

Police spokesman Randy Young said the pepper spray was "broadcast" to clear the hallway. He said officers' use of force was under investigation by the department.

Inside the classroom, several student protesters screamed curses at Tancredo and Riley Matheson, president of the UNC-Chapel Hill chapter of Youth for Western Civilization.

"This is the free speech crowd, right?" Tancredo joked.

UNC-CH geography professor Alpha Cravey joined protesters in chanting the names of Marco Polo and Christopher Columbus.

But campus visitors and some faculty members in the capacity crowd of 150 urged the students to let Tancredo speak.

"We are the children of immigrants, and this concerns us," said junior Lizette Lopez, 22, vice president of the Carolina Hispanic Association. "So we would at least like to hear what he has to say if you want to hear what we have to say."

The protesters relented, and Tancredo began to speak, describing failed state and federal legislation aimed at providing in-state tuition benefits for undocumented immigrants.

Two women stretched out another banner, first along one of the aisles and then right in front of Tancredo. Tancredo grabbed the middle of the banner and tried to pull it away from one of the girls. "You don't want to hear what I have to say because you don't agree with me," he said.

The sound of breaking glass from behind a window shade interrupted the tug-of-war.

Tancredo was escorted from the room by campus police.

About 200 protesters reconvened outside the building. "We shut him down; no racists in our town," they shouted. "Yes, racists, we will fight, we know where you sleep at night!"

Reached by phone after his departure, Tancredo said he had never been silenced by protesters, even at American University where 400 of them recently attended one of his speeches.

"We're very sorry that former Congressman Tancredo wasn't able to speak," Chancellor Holden Thorp said in a prepared statement. "We pride ourselves on being a place where all points of view can be expressed and heard, so I'm disappointed that didn't happen tonight. I think our Public Safety officers appropriately handled a difficult situation."

Police spokesman Randy Young said he couldn't recall student protesters shutting down another campus event.

"Fascists are fascists," Tancredo said. "Their actions were probably the best speech I could ever give. They are what's wrong with America today. ... When all you can do is yell epithets, that means you are intellectually bankrupt."

UNC graduate student Tyler Oakley, who had organized the protest, said he regretted the broken window but not silencing Tancredo. "He was not able to practice his hate speech," said Oakley. "You have to respect the right of people to assemble and collectively speak."

Lopez said she had mixed emotions about how the event ended.

"We were more interested in an intellectual conversation instead of a shouting match," she said. "Ironically, the people that are trying to get our voices heard silenced us."

Matheson, who formed UNC-YWC this year with seven other conservative students, said he knew Tancredo would be controversial but he never expected this kind of response.

"I didn't expect them to literally chase him out of the building," he said.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    I think all of their alumni should quit donating.

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  • Anonymous
    6 years ago

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  • Janice
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    1 decade ago

    Ms. Lopez is the only one in this article who had it right. The children of immigrants had a point of view but chose to use violence rather than speech. Because of this choice neither side was heard. Too bad Oakley thought only his voice mattered. If they had listened to Tancredo they might have found not hate speech but a difference of opinion. They still might not have agreed with him but they totally eliminated any chance of a discussion.

    My question every time I hear of something like this is why people think that only their point of view should be heard.

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  • 4 years ago

    I'm all about free speech, but I'm especially about self-preservation. Radical Islam's ultimate goal is the takeover of the world and converting us all to Islam or face the sword. People like Bin Laden and Ahmindejad are not stupid, they know exactly what they are doing. While we do not need to forfeit our freedoms, we need to crush these movements and get the other non-militant Muslims to speak up and condemn them.

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  • 1 decade ago

    What race is illegal? An expectation to enforce immigration law is not racist. The claim that illegal aliens are predominantly of a certain race is racist. Liberals need to broaden their narrow minds and understand that illegal aliens come from all races. They should all be deported without regard to race. If liberals are going to be open to illegal immigration they need to at least respect the 1st amendment. I guess if you can't come up with a rational argument against a point of view you have to fight with violence. Too bad they can't actually formulate a logical response.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The protesters expect to have the freedom of speech to voice their opinions put they deny the same rights to others who have the right to voice their opinions. Talk about hypocrisy!

    Where are these protesters to protest drug dealers, mafia leaders, gangs, religious hate people, terrorists, and child molesters who continuously destroy our society? Oh, I forgot these protesters might get killed. I did not even talk about illegal immigrants.

    Source(s): Histroy and life.
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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I say we, the Americans who are against this illegal alien invasion must be willing to hit the streets and get just as nasty with the illegal aliens border criminals and there supporters as they do with our leaders like Tom Tancredo. If we don't then they've won and we've lost.

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  • 1 decade ago

    People, seriously. Do you pro-illegal immigrant people really think any person that walks across our border should just be given citizenship, free healthcare, free education, food stamps, welfare, medicaid, medicare, social security, pay for their prison stays, etc... . The nation is going broke we can't handle giving free everything to 20million illegals. Why is anyone who points this out decried a racist. Its not about Hispanics, its about nation security, financial burdens, crime, drugs, gangs and the stability of our nation.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    HAD ENOUGH AMERICA make your voice's herd call the white house and senators don't sit back and take it any more after all it's your country not theres

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    if these protester,s are children of illegal immigrants and continue to come out of the shadow,s, there criminal parents will not be able to protect them when they eventually get arrested for disturbing the piece and being deported. if i were them i just shut up and get out our country why the get-ten,s good.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I think the illegal lovers will stop at nothing to silence anyone who speaks the truth and uses common sense. They are violent people with a penchant for crime so it doesn't surprise me.

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