Guy Who Thinks Blacks Are Intellectually Inferior Is Speaking At Duke Tonight, Who's Coming With Us? | News
News
INDY Week's news blog

Archives | RSS

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Guy Who Thinks Blacks Are Intellectually Inferior Is Speaking At Duke Tonight, Who's Coming With Us?

Posted by on Tue, Mar 21, 2017 at 1:56 PM

Social scientist Charles Murray, a man classified by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a white nationalist, will speak at Duke University tonight.

According to The Chronicle, Murray is expected to speak about his 2012 book Coming Apart: The State of White America, in an event cosponsored by the Duke College Republicans and the Duke contingent of the American Enterprise Institute, where Murray is the W. H. Brady Scholar.

The discussion begins at six p.m. at the Doris Duke Center, 420 Anderson Street. 
click to enlarge Charles Murray - TWITTER
  • Twitter
  • Charles Murray

The "secure location" was chosen after protests erupted during an appearance by Murray earlier this month at Vermont's Middlebury College, The Chronicle reports. The topic for tonight's discussion seems similar to the one at Middlebury, where after about twenty minutes of chanting, Murray was taken to another room to live-stream his remarks. When he tried to leave, protesters reportedly jumped on his car.

Larry Moneta, vice president for student affairs at Duke, told the university newspaper that, as a safety measure, the event would be ticketed and attended by campus police.

Murray is slated to discuss Coming Apart, about the growing divide between upper- and lower-class whites in America, and how that phenomenon relates to the 2016 election. He is best known, however, for the 1994 work, The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life on how IQ differences, which Murray and coauthor Richard Herrnstein say are lower among blacks, are to blame for social and economic inequality.

Some people would call that eugenics. Murray argues that the racial aspects of the book were overblown and that both genetics and environment influence how a person fares in life. (The book has been criticized for basing these assertions on findings made by racist institutions).  

Murray often denies on his Twitter feed that he espouses white supremacy. i                            

Tonight's discussion comes as Duke is already dealing with its associations with two white nationalists, alumni Stephen Miller, a White House adviser who was instrumental in the botched rollout of President Trump's travel ban, and Richard Spencer, credited with coining the term "alt-right" and famously punched in the face on camera. (On the other hand, more than thirty-four hundred Duke alumni have penned an open letter to Miller asking how he became a terrible person, so there’s that.)

Murray has spoken at Duke before. In 2013, students who appeared to be attending his talk at the university's School of Public Policy staged a walkout, leaving Murray in a nearly empty auditorium.

We'll see what happens tonight.

Tags: , , , , , , ,

Pin It

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

INDY Week publishes all kinds of comments, but we don't publish everything.

  • Comments that are not contributing to the conversation will be removed.
  • Comments that include ad hominem attacks will also be removed.
  • Please do not copy and paste the full text of a press release.

Permitted HTML:
  • To create paragraphs in your comment, type <p> at the start of a paragraph and </p> at the end of each paragraph.
  • To create bold text, type <b>bolded text</b> (please note the closing tag, </b>).
  • To create italicized text, type <i>italicized text</i> (please note the closing tag, </i>).
  • Proper web addresses will automatically become links.

Latest in News



Twitter Activity

Comments

Police murdered MR. CLARK and got away with it. IT WON'T STOP UNTIL ALL DIRTY COPS ARE BROUGHT TO JUSTICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

by William Parker on Durham Police Fatally Shoot Man At New Hope Commons Shopping Center (News)

In the Montessori School of Raleigh Defendants' Answer and Affirmative Defenses to the 18 CVS 000702 case in Superior Court …

by Sam Harrison on Breaking: Nancy Errichetti, Head of the Montessori School of Raleigh, Arrested for Allegedly Aiding and Abetting Sexual Abuse (News)

Most Recent Comments

Police murdered MR. CLARK and got away with it. IT WON'T STOP UNTIL ALL DIRTY COPS ARE BROUGHT TO JUSTICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

by William Parker on Durham Police Fatally Shoot Man At New Hope Commons Shopping Center (News)

In the Montessori School of Raleigh Defendants' Answer and Affirmative Defenses to the 18 CVS 000702 case in Superior Court …

by Sam Harrison on Breaking: Nancy Errichetti, Head of the Montessori School of Raleigh, Arrested for Allegedly Aiding and Abetting Sexual Abuse (News)

Ingrid - the facts are coming out, you're right. But they don't support your assertions, sorry to say. Too many …

by ToWhomItMayConcern on Montessori School of Raleigh Directress Says She Was Fired for Talking to the Cops About Sexual Abuse at the School (News)

I just read this salacious thread for the first time and unfortunately found it to be overflowing with misleading information …

by Ingrid Flutter on Montessori School of Raleigh Directress Says She Was Fired for Talking to the Cops About Sexual Abuse at the School (News)

Trigger-happy Durham cops strike again.

by ruby on Durham Police Fatally Shoot Man At New Hope Commons Shopping Center (News)

© 2018 Indy Week • 320 E. Chapel Hill St., Suite 200, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
RSS Feeds | Powered by Foundation