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Thu Mar 28, 2019, 08:24 PM

Scheduled speech from Erik Prince shut down after protests

Scheduled speech from Erik Prince shut down after protests
Mar 28, 2019
by Dianne Lugo in News

Students witnessed a silent walkout, a drag show, “Baking with the African Americans”, drums, and a wall of chairs at Beloit College tonight.

They did not see Erik Prince.

Here’s the thread that followed the event as it unfolded:

Prince is known as the former CEO of Blackwater, a private military security firm that is now named Academi, and younger brother of United States Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. In 2007, 17 Iraqi citizens were killed by Blackwater guards during the Nisour Square massacre in Baghdad. Four of those guards were tried and convicted in U.S. Federal Court.

Leading up to the scheduled March 27 event, several students had posted to the Beloit College Student Facebook group about their dismay and anger at Prince’s invitation to campus. There were also a number of Op-Eds submitted to The Round Table that took various stances on Prince’s impending visit. Tension on campus was even more prominent following student anger at the suspension of a Muslim student who had posted several controversial posts; one of which had directly targeted Young Americans for Freedom (YAF)– the group that had invited Erik Prince–and their chairman, Andrew Collins’20.

Collins released a statement last week in which he assured students that YAF had nothing to do with the student’s suspension and that Prince had been invited “to bring an individual with extensive business and entrepreneurial experience to give a presentation on ways the free market may provide solutions to issues related to national security.”

On March 24, the executive board of the Students for an Inclusive Campus (SIC) organization also released a lengthy statement in which they stated that “in providing a platform for Prince, Beloit ignores its own 2018 Academic Priorities of ‘focusing on anti-racism, equity, and inclusive living and learning.’” The post also outlined Prince’s controversial history.


A student-led walkout was also organized. 20 minutes before the event was scheduled to start, Moore Lounge was packed with people. At 7:30 p.m, the scheduled start time of the event, students vacated the room. The vacant seats, however, were quickly taken by those not participating in the protest who had been standing at the side.



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Thu Mar 28, 2019, 08:27 PM

1. He gets paid to speak?

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Sun Mar 31, 2019, 02:02 PM

2. Butcher of Baghdad has a very sad

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