Harvard Crimson Covers Gilchrist's Cancelled Invitation

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Harvard freshman Jacob D. Roberts '13 has easily written one of the most well-informed and balanced accounts, yet, of the cancellation of Jim Gilchrist's invitation to Harvard.  Here is where Roberts quotes me:

The movement to ban Gilchrist from the conference was largely initiated by Kyle A. de Beausset '11, who in early October began using different university mailing lists to build support for uninviting Gilchrist due to his involvement in the Minuteman Project, which organizes civilians to patrol the border for illegal immigrants and to report crossings to the Border Patrol.

"It might be an interesting intellectual exercise for Harvard students to hear extremist views," de Beausset wrote in one of these e-mails, but he added that the "broader implications of legitimizing these extremist views with the Harvard name" were more important.
The movement to ban Gilchrist from the conference was largely initiated by Kyle A. de Beausset '11, who in early October began using different university mailing lists to build support for uninviting Gilchrist due to his involvement in the Minuteman Project, which organizes civilians to patrol the border for illegal immigrants and to report crossings to the Border Patrol.

"It might be an interesting intellectual exercise for Harvard students to hear extremist views," de Beausset wrote in one of these e-mails, but he added that the "broader implications of legitimizing these extremist views with the Harvard name" were more important.

"Jim Gilchrist's willingness to spout falsehoods shows that he shouldn't be given the legitimacy of open and free academic debate...His irresponsible rhetoric has led to violence," de Beausset told The Crimson in an interview.

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Heated discussion ensued over some campus e-mail lists. Students on the Black Men's Forum e-mail list debated what constituted--in de Beausset's words--"free speech and hate speech...responsible dialogue and irresponsible rhetoric."
Jacob Roberts - Harvard Crimson (18 October 2009)
I wish Roberts would have called Gilchrist out on his lies a little bit more.  I also wish that he would have brought up Gilchrist's ties with Shawna Forde.  That's my job, though, and I'll continue to do it.

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AuBricker said:

Kyle de Beausset performed excellently when appearing on Fox news. Unfortunately, he was not alloted sufficient time to describe Gilchrist's views and behavior in complete detail.

manuel Martinez said:

good on you, kyle. i thought you made a good case w/ juan williams. too bad he was in the mood to be confrontational rather than addressing the fact that the student body has every right to demand that a practitioner of hate-speech be disinvited to speak. there is no reason to give gilchrist and his vigilante paramilitary, protofascist organization such a prestigious venue. thanks for your initiative and commitment to social justice.

PM Corn said:

Keep up the good work Kyle and let's keep the story of Brisenia Flores and her father alive, least anyone forgets. Unfortunately, their are those trying to legitimize and rationalize the actions of Shawna Forde on the night of May 30, 2009. And the mainstream media has yet to pick up on the story in any meaningful manner.

Reports are that delaying tactics are being used and we probably won't see any trials until early 2011.

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