Sh*t Jim Gilchrist Says
Like many of my fellow students, I was tired when I woke up Thursday morning. Not because I had to get up early or because I had a late night, but because I arose to find a front-page story about the Columbia University College Republicans attempting to invite Jim Gilchrist, Co-founder and President of the Minuteman Project, back to campus.
I don’t like Jim Gilchrist. I don’t like that he has close ties with someone convicted of murdering two people—one of them a nine-year-old girl—in a robbery she hoped would fund her own vigilante border activities. I don’t like that one of his fellow Minutemen violently kicked a Columbia student in the head the last time he was here. Most importantly, I don’t like that he leads an organization that engages in hateful and inhumane practices.
Proponents of Gilchrist’s visit—those who agree with his actual views and those who do not—have cited the need for free speech and the value of hearing different opinions, even if you find them despicable. Gilchrist has turned himself into a martyr for free speech, attempting to make that the central issue, rather than his actual views.
I’m here to change that. Seizing the zeitgeist, I would like to present: “Sh*t Jim Gilchrist Says.”
All quotations are taken from an essay published by the Georgetown University School of Law in 2008.
The residents of our nation face a threat to its existence by a Trojan horse illegal alien invasion of a magnitude unprecedented in U.S. history.
That sounds reasonable, right? It’s no problem to dehumanize millions of people with the phrase “illegal alien”—which he uses 52 times in the essay—while fear-mongering about an “invasion,” right? At least he slipped a Homer reference in there.
I doubt that the U.S. will have a civil war in the very near term. But, a break up into several ‘nation states,’ much like what occurred in Russia, is not beyond imagination for the not-so-distant future.
This, too, strikes me as the model of intelligent, engaging discourse.
Columbia University is perhaps the most incurable suppressor of free speech among the many campuses that engage in that despicable transgression.
It’s a shame U.S. News and World Report doesn’t have a category for incurable suppression of free speech.
The Minuteman Project’s tool of choice to accomplish its task is, of course, the First Amendment. We choose the pen, the voice, and the anticipated free marketplace of ideas.
And, you know, guns.
Universities like Columbia must value free speech. But let’s not forget, as we debate this effort to bring Jim Gilchrist back to campus, some of the actual sh*t he says.
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