NEW YORK (AP) -- Several immigration control activists protested outside of Columbia University on Thursday, calling on the school to punish students who interrupted an October speech by the founder of the anti-illegal immigration Minuteman Project.You can bet that if the "fracas" had been caused by conservative students, the word "violence" would be bandied about quite freely.
Jim Gilchrist had to cut short a speech at the school October 4 after students from a campus club, the Chicano Caucus, climbed on stage with banners denouncing the California-based group.
A videotape of the fracas shows students shouting and tussling with Minuteman supporters, but there didn't appear to be any violence.
The university, whose spring semester doesn't begin until January 16, had no comment on the protest and referred to a December 22 statement by its president, Lee Bollinger, that stated students involved in the disruption could face disciplinary measures and that people unaffiliated with the school would be barred from campus.
University officials would not reveal how many students it has identified as breaking school rules during the incident, but said a dean will decide the punishment for those that did.
Why has nothing been done? It's been four months.
The Chicano Caucus has said it did not interfere with anyone's right to free speech and denied anyone attacked Gilchrist.
Of course they didn't interfere with Gilchrist's right to free speech. They were merely exercising their own.