Controversy erupts when university disinvites Sheriff David Clarke from speaking over ‘circumstances’

Another progressive university uninvited a conservative speaker but this time students and alumni are speaking out against the decision.

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke was initially invited to the University of New Haven to give a talk about forensics, but the school later rescinded the invitation because of “circumstances,” Fox61-TV reported.

The sheriff was asked to be a keynote speaker at the 25th Annual Markle Symposium at the end of October but was called at the end of the summer to cancel that invite. According to Clarke, a university representative told his assistant it was because of comments he’d made about Black Lives Matter.

“The gentleman was very apologetic, he was sincere, he felt bad about having to make the call but he said they were pulling back the invitation and were dis-inviting,”Clarke told Fox 61. “He said people at the university didn’t like some of the things I’ve said about Black Lives Matter.”

“If someone doesn’t like my viewpoint on Black Lives Matter we should talk about it, not try to shut me down and that’s what this does,” he added. “Seeing some of these colleges and universities pull back on this stuff has been very disheartening to me.”

The university claimed that it never formally invited the outspoken sheriff, claiming they declined to offer him first-class airfare, a presidential hotel suite, and transportation from the airport in a black SUV.

“They said a formal invitation was never granted, they’re lying about that,” Clarke said. “All this stuff about a presidential suite, I’ve never in my life asked for a presidential suite. I have asked on speaking occasions for a suite because I spend several days and I have to do work and it’s kind of hard to do it at Days Inn or Motel 6.”

Clarke documented the details in a blog post:

On August 3, my assistant had a conversation with Mr. Malloy, who was extremely apologetic and embarrassed to have to rescind the offer. Apparently, the higher-ups did not want me to speak on campus due to my remarks about #BlackLivesMatter.
What did I say that was so controversial? I’m not sure what specific remarks drove them to uninvite me, but anyone who listens to me for five seconds knows I prefer to drop the “v” and call them #BlackLIESMatter. They terrorize the police, lie about their true mission, promote anarchy like the old Black Liberation Army, and released a list of “demands” that included releasing known cop killers.
So, yeah — I’m going to keep speaking out against #BlackLIESMatter — but apparently that means I’m not going to be speaking about forensics at the University of New Haven anytime soon.
This is just the latest example of the assault on different points of view by these fascist, liberal indoctrination factories we call colleges.
I was going to be talking about forensics, not social issues — but apparently the University of New Haven believes its students are incapable of handling debate… or even my presence.
It’s time for those in higher education to grow a spine. Whatever happened to the marketplace of ideas?

 

The university tried to explain itself and noted they “fully support free speech.”

“The University is aware that some people, including current students and alumni, are upset that Sheriff David Clarke’s invitation to speak at the Markle Symposium was rescinded,” said a statement posted on Facebook. “As an institution of higher learning, we fully support free speech and value the marketplace of ideas. Unfortunately, circumstances did not permit Sheriff Clarke’s attendance at this year’s symposium, and we respect the resulting divergent reactions among the University community.”

UNH senior Brian Sharnick saw the news on Clarke’s blog post and started a petition which has more than 2,500 electronic signatures, according to Fox 61.

“I got upset about him not coming to campus after seeing that he wasn’t coming for political reasons,” Sharnick said. “Sheriff Clarke was not coming to speak about any of those controversial topics, he was here to talk about forensics and even if he were to speak or mention something like that, I think it’s healthy for us to hear all different viewpoints and different sides of things and I think everyone would have been able to take away something from it in the end even if they didn’t agree with it .”

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