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Smith College’s Mizzou sympathy protesters demand favorable media coverage–or else

November 20, 2015

From my latest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum:


Smith’s student center: where the press had to make nice or get lost


Here’s a news account of the goings-on at the elite women’s college in Northampton, Mass.:

“In an effort to create a safe space free from potential insensitivity from the news media, activists at Smith College barred reporters from covering a sit-in Wednesday that drew 300 to 500 students….

“The activists’ goal was to establish a place where students — prioritizing students of color and black students — could share their thoughts, feelings, poems and songs related to a rash of racially charged episodes this fall at Mizzou, as well as personal experiences of racism.

“An event that draws so many people, especially one that concerns a topic of magnitude such as civil rights, is customarily covered by media outlets. But reporters who arrived at the sit-in were met with a clear message: Keep out.

“Alyssa Mata-Flores, a 21-year-old Smith College senior and one of the sit-in’s organizers, explained that the rule was born from ‘the way that media has historically painted radical black movements as violent and aggressive.’

“‘We are asking that any journalists or press that cover our story participate and articulate their solidarity with black students and students of color,’ she told MassLive in the Student Center Wednesday. ‘By taking a neutral stance, journalists and media are being complacent in our fight.’

“Smith organizers said journalists were welcome to cover the event if they agreed to explicitly state they supported the movement in their articles.”

Furthermore, the Smith administration went along with the media ban…

Read the whole thing here.

Posted by Charlotte Allen








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One Comment
  1. Lastango permalink

    I’m greatly in favor of all-women colleges being hotbeds of radicalism. For the rest of us, it simplifies matters down the road.

    For instance, suppose a man finds himself socializing with a woman. Or an employer is thinking of hiring her. On hearing “I went to Smith”, the man leaps to his feet, screams “Witch!” and bolts for the exit. The employer moves on to the next candidate.

    Both know they have avoided false accusations, litigation, threats, court time, orchestrated large-scale harassment, internet defamation, and a host of other other, potentially life-changing personal and professional costs.

    So, Smithies, be loud and proud! Strut your Marxism! So much so that a female who doesn’t agree with you knows for certain that – if she attends – she is certain to be universally ostracized, bullied, marginalized and downgraded by administrators, students, and professors. She will then apply elsewhere, leaving you to be forever understood for what you chose to become.

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