Wheaton College Republicans courageously invited me to speak about abortion and race. Six days later, I was severely denounced by a campus-wide email sent out by two Wheaton staff members and signed by three student government leaders. My entire message was branded as “offensive rhetoric” that made “many students, staff and faculty of color” feel “unsafe” on their campus. And now, the school has cancelled the College Republicans’ next event, because leadership claims their speaker approval process needs to change so Wheaton students aren’t exposed to such factivism (aka truth) again.
When you give an anti-abortion talk and you recieve pushback in that fashion it is likely that you made your points effectively and properly and they were heard by some guilty ears. Likely there were some people, even at a Christian college like Wheaton, who had abortions and were kept up all night not so much by what you said or how you said it, but by their consciences banging away at them.
That you added a racial element to it made it all the worse. I'd speculate that some woman in your audience had an abortion knowing full well that one of her reasons was that the unborn child inside her might be black and she didn't want to go down that road.
So somebody gives a racially charged speech with vulgarities and there were crickets. That's because nobody felt guilty. In modern America people hear an anti-white form of ironically posed anti- racism speech it is cathartic for them. It makes them feel good. It's not like you were talking to a group that contained antebellum slave owners.
You made some people feel like immoral savages and they had to react somehow. That was how.
It means you gave an effective talk. Thank you.