An instructor at the University of Illinois went bananas on a group of students during an anti-Trump protest rally, screaming and stomping around and assaulting at least two students.
Tariq Khan, who is a graduate student and a teacher at the school, was arrested for assault after the incident. He is a PhD candidate and teaches courses such as “Constructing Race in America” and “US Gender History Since 1877.
The anti-Trump demonstration on Thursday started with students and others airing their concerns about President Donald Trump one year after the election. Khan’s speech was pretty routine, as far as ANTIFA propaganda goes, but when he began targeting the conservative group Turning Point USA, they talked back.
Joel Valdez, executive board member and campus activism coordinator for TPUSA, asked, “Don’t you have anything better to do? Don’t you have kids?”
Khan – who has three children – completely flipped out. He charged from his podium at Valdez, accosting him of “threatening” his children. Here’s the video, obtained – and watermarked – by CampusReform:
In the video, Khan can be seen aggressively intimidating the students, repeatedly yelling at them that they were “threatening his kids,” which is completely false.
At one point, he throws a punch at one of the students (he misses), then grabs a students’ cellphone and destroys it.
The incident was reported to campus police and Khan, who is 39, was arrested and ordered to appear in court on charges of criminal damage.
This isn’t the first time Khan has been involved in tying to silence his fellow students. Three weeks ago, he was actively involved with student government in shutting down the school’s homecoming parade because it featured a float of the former mascot on a homecoming float.
“Chief Illiniwek” was removed as the school’s mascot after they determined it was racially insensitive to American Indian groups.
Two years ago, Khan wrote that “Free Speech” is merely a tool to oppress minorities and support fascist ideas. Or something. It goes something like this:
In the present-day United States, a shallow idea of “free speech” is often wielded by the privileged as a way to direct attention away from critiques of existing conditions and systems; particularly critiques of capitalism, imperialism, white supremacy, and patriarchy.
Khan is just the latest in a long line of liberal college professors and academics who are actively trying to thwart the speech of students they don’t agree with.
Back in September, 177 professors and graduate students at UC Berkeley signed an open letter urging their thousands of colleagues and classmates to boycott the campus to protest a “Free Speech Week” hosted by right-wing student groups.
“As faculty we cannot ask students and staff to choose between risking their physical and mental safety in order to attend class or come to work in an environment of harassment, intimidation, violence, and militarized policing,” they wrote in the letter, adding that some students and employees are particularly at risk: “non-white, gender queer, Muslims, disabled, feminists” and others routinely singled out by the right.
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