To add insult to injury, it appears that Brown students allowed their program to be hijacked by radical elements outside of the Brown student body and faculty. As a result the world now views all those affiliated with Brown University as a body lacking in respect for the very first Amendment to our US Constitution! And as the parent of a Brown Student, I feel obligated and compelled to ask the following question. If the student body finds these views unjust, would it not be advisable to take more seriously, the responsibility of the host to protect the 1st Amendment Rights of their guests in the future?
Who speaks for you? We did not raise you to be the surrogate pawn to the hidden agenda of moral cowards who have used you as human shields! We raised you to stand on your own feet, to speak for yourselves, to do your own critical thinking…and your own apologizing when necessary! Who in the world do you think your Professor Orr is really apologizing to? Cui Bono?? Yes Orr owes you an apology…for stealing a major opportunity from you…and for using you! I’ll leave you to decide who owes Commissioner Kelly an apology. He came to Brown for you!
What the Brown Student Body demonstrated on October 29th, was their ability and willingness to align themselves with the darker energies of intimidation and oppression as well as their weakness and inability to defend the higher energies of honest debate and open dialogue. I am honestly ashamed of all those who stood by and allowed this to happen. I can only pray you will have learned from it!
Paul “Chip” Murray