The woke mob is at it again, this time at the University of Buffalo.
“I’m very afraid of what would have happened if I hadn’t been able to avoid them. I don’t think they were going to do anything remotely peaceful. They were a very angry mob, and they were clearly saying that they were trying to chase me, that they wanted to capture me.”
This is how Therese Purcell described her feelings at being chased by a violent, angry mob of fellow students last Thursday night. And what was the egregious crime committed by this inoffensive and non-threatening young woman? She had the temerity to invite prominent black Republican Lt. Col. Allen West to speak about overcoming racism and prejudice in a talk entitled “America Is Not Racist—Why American Values are Exceptional.”
Therese Purcell is president of Young Americans for Freedom, a club at the university that organized and sponsored the event. It was intended to be a forum to allow students to discuss issues of racism on the campus—but it quickly spiraled out of control.
The problems started during the question and answer session with Lt. Col. West which followed his speech. Left-wing “protestors” inside and outside the building resorted to the usual tactics, screaming “no justice, no peace” and escalating their violent activities.
BREAKING: A mob of leftists attempted to shut down YAF’s @AllenWest lecture at UBuffalo tonight.
This story is developing. pic.twitter.com/rGrsfAJGxS
— YAF (@yaf) April 8, 2022
“While they were screaming that we were trying to silence black voices, we were actually trying to bring this conversation to campus,” Purcell explained in an interview Monday morning with “Fox & Friends.”
“But instead of asking questions, they resorted to violence,” she added.
At this point, it became necessary for the police to escort West from the building, where they encountered an even larger and more violent mob. Although Purcell had accompanied West and his police escort, she was separated from them at one point, and this is when the violent agitators began to chase her. Purcell’s intention was to walk quickly and quietly back to her car, but she was targeted by the crowd, which shouted “go get her, go get her, go capture her, the girl in the red dress.”
“I realized I was the target for these protesters,” she said, “and about 200 of my fellow students started hunting me down on campus, started chasing me.”
Purcell finally escaped her rabid leftist pursuers when a friend dragged her into a bathroom, where they huddled for safety and called 911. Even so, they could hear the irate mob roving the halls, shouting all the while that they needed to “find her.”
Other members of the Young Americans for Freedom club weren’t as lucky. Purcell claims the implacable mob hunted others down and assaulted a board member physically with kicks and punches.
Purcell was baffled by the irrational, almost savage response that West’s seemingly innocuous talk elicited.
“I didn’t think it was going to be as controversial,” she explained, “to say on an American campus that American values are a good thing. American values are worth protecting. I don’t think they like Colonel West’s message that he did experience racism…but he overcame that, and he decided not to be a victim…and that America gave him that equality of opportunity that many other countries don’t.
“I think these people like to see themselves as the victim, and his message fundamentally challenged that,” she said.
The University of Buffalo, for its part, released a tepid and ineffectual statement about the events of last Thursday night: “As a public university, all members of the UB community and invited guests have a right to peacefully express their views and opinions, regardless of whether others may disagree. This includes the right of individuals to oppose the views or opinions of others—including peaceful protests—but not in such a way as to limit or prevent the speaker’s freedom of expression or interfere with university operations.”
Tell that to Therese Purcell and Lt. Col. Allen West, whose freedom of expression was most decidedly limited or prevented last Thursday night. Meanwhile, the University of Buffalo Police Department is looking into reports of harassment following the rowdy event.
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