If you are like me and you read this headline about Henry Kissinger—from the conservative dark money shell blog CampusReform—your reaction might be “good” or even “right now, please.”
The story that follows, which was published last night, recounts recent protests and interruptions staged earlier this week while Kissinger was on the New York University campus, appearing as part of an infernal-sounding lecture series called “In Conversation with Lord Mervyn King.”
CampusReform’s Grace Gottschling (who also goes by “Grace Gotcha”) also did the noble work of highlighting some good student organizing by the NYU community:
With their voices amplified by megaphones, they yelled “Hey, Kissinger, what do you say? How many kids have you killed today?” Holding signs bearing messages like “Prosecute Kissinger,” they hurled other insults at the former diplomat, now 95 years old, throughout the duration of the event, from 5 p.m. to its close at approximately 7 p.m.
Inside, protesters were equally rowdy. Though the event was invite-only — and no press were allowed in — the conversation with King was interrupted on several occasions by people in the room. One criticism aimed at Kissinger was personal.
“You are responsible for the murders of thousands of Latin Americans, including people who are close to my family!” one audience member yelled as he pointed at Kissinger. Security removed him from the event as another audience member yelled “Get him out!” with regards to the protestor.
Invite-only, no press! Almost like NYU knew exactly what might happen—such as having students point out true things about Kissinger’s long, widely esteemed career—if it invited a bona fide war criminal to campus!
Keep up the good work, Gotcha.