IU students, others rally against guest speaker's message

IU controversial speaker
IU controversial speaker

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (WTHR) - Controversy has followed Charles Murray wherever he goes.

The social scientist scholar at the American Enterprise Institute's book entitled "The Bell Curve" claims minorities including women are genetically inferior in the workplace. That has led to barricades and a lockdown of Franklin Hall where his speech is scheduled to take place.

"So he has been facing protests at many schools, they are obviously very militarized to prevent any speech on behalf of the students that we don't want white supremacists at IU," one student told us.

"Charles Murray's idea is that the inequality we experience in society are because women and people of color are genetically inferior and he uses pseudo-science to back up what is essentially white supremacy. This book refutes all that and that is why I thought I should bring it today," a second responded.

IU issued a short statement:

"IU is an institution that cultivates an environment where a broad spectrum of ideas can be expressed and different viewpoints respected. Free expression, assembly and exchange of ideas are central to our educational mission as well as that of college campuses across the country."

Freedom of assembly and expression cuts both ways, which was clearly evident as a large crowd converged on Franklin Hall chanting slogans against Murray. Some were obscene.

Murray was invited to IU by the American Enterprise Institute and the Tocqueville Program.

At the very same time Murray was delivering his address at Franklin Hall, Dr. Christopher Bail, an associate professor from Duke was delivering a very different address in the Global and International Studies Building about how anti-Muslim fringe organizations became mainstream.

Charles Murray is a lightning rod for criticism over his controversial views on race in America. Eyewitness News reporter Kevin Rader was outside Franklin Hall this afternoon, where Murray is planning to speak Tuesday evening.

Rader spoke with students who were upset over Murray's message that people of some races are inferior to others.