The David Horowitz Center Posters Brooklyn College With Libelous Hate Speech

On Wednesday morning, shortly after I had finished discussing Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes‘ ‘Path of the Law‘ with my Philosophy of Law students and returned to my office for a quick break (before I headed out again to discuss Hannah Arendt‘s The Human Condition with my Social Philosophy students), I found a rather unwelcome message waiting for me: the David Horowitz Center had put up posters at several sites over Brooklyn College, describing several students and two faculty members (political theorist Corey Robin (Political Science) and myself) as ‘terrorist supporters.’ Similar posters, naming other faculty members and students have appeared at other universities this past week. The posters have been designed to mimic ‘Wanted’ posters; here is one of them (the names of students have been blurred out to protect their identity):

The David Horowitz Center, which was named as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, imagines that by indulging in this kind of libelous hate speech, it will cow down those who dare to express political opinions contrary to its chosen line; in this case, speaking up on any matter related to the Israel-Palestine dispute. The Horowitz Center, which is apparently manned by intellectual pipsqueaks incapable of constructing a coherent thought or sentence, has taken its cues from the McCartheyesque Canary Mission–which in turn maintains a ‘blacklist’ of professors at American universities it does not like. (In a post earlier this year, I had made note of their risible attempts at intimidation; that includes tweeting out my photo and their blacklist page on me every few months, which then exposes me to abuse on Twitter from right-wing nutjobs.)

There is much to object to in this latest Goebbelsian attempt to introduce a ‘chilling effect’ on free speech and academic freedom on campuses–of faculty and students alike:

  1. As usual, the ‘third rail’ of political discourse on American campuses is disclosed: speaking on matters related to Israel-Palestine–no matter how tangentially–remains verboten. (Corey Robin has often been abused–in anti-Semitic language!–for his writings in the past, thus showing that what is really operative here is hate.)
  2. Students of color have been named, thus exposing them to potential employment and legal problems with skittish employers and overzealous law enforcement officers.
  3. Faculty members who seek future employment will almost certainly fail to do so because of skittish donors and university administration.
  4. Finally, in the current political atmosphere, such charges, if repeated time and again, will almost certainly stick, with incalculable damage to all thus slandered and libeled.

Here are links to the posts on this blog that have so irked the moral reprobates at the David Horowitz Center and the Canary Mission:

Defenses of the academic freedom and employment rights of Steven Salaita, an American-Palestinian professor, who has now been hounded out of academia.

Defenses of the academic freedom of the Political Science Department to invite Judith Butler and Omar Barghouti to speak on campus.

Defenses of the due process rights of student activists from the Students for Justice in Palestine.

Perhaps the folks at these sites were also offended by the fact that I dared protest the Israeli bombing of Gaza in 2014–for which I spent a few hours in a prison cell along with Corey Robin.

I stand by these posts and by my actions.

Note: I have written to Brooklyn College administration suggesting that legal action be taken against the David Horowitz Center for indulging in libel and defamation.

7 comments on “The David Horowitz Center Posters Brooklyn College With Libelous Hate Speech

  1. Amarnath says:

    I admire your courage.
    But, I am afraid that in the near future even accomplished and popular athletes are going to be hounded.

  2. Vickie Adair says:

    If David Horowitz determines professors are a danger to America, then he is speaking the truth. I have read his book UNHOLY ALLIANCE with details the Muslim Brotherhood joining with Democrats and Socialists to over take America. I also have read that the Southern Poverty Law Center is anot organization being used by The Muslim Brotherhood to stifle America’s free speech so they can take over America. This is the truth coming from the Holy Land Foundation Trial which outlined their goals and their timeline. So I applaud David. See his wonderful website, discoverthenetworks.org. They have done their homework. Nice try!

    • veritasrex says:

      Yes, they have done their homework. David Horowitz has been leading the charge against Marxists/the New Left, and their alliance with radical anti Israel groups like SJP, and the Muslim Brotherhood for a very long time now.
      No one has given me more insight regarding the destructive methods and motives of the “progressive” movement than Horowitz.
      He has called them out, he is being heard, and the Left is terrified of him.
      No wonder he has (for all practical purposes) been banned from speaking on so many college campuses.

  3. bendwhit says:

    I knew it! Just kidding. At least it’s a good drawing of you.

  4. L.Anderson says:

    not too smart to name call and insult someone publicly while simultaneously filing libel and defamation suits. if its not hate speech when YOU do it, then what is it? good ol american bullying? self defense? free speech?

  5. […] A couple of weeks ago, I made notice here of a libelous postering campaign directed at Brooklyn Coll… The college and university administration’s response has been tepid at best. (Our chancellor’s response descended into utter banality as he merely took note of some ‘troubling posters.’) These responses seem to be driven by the worry that responding in stronger terms will stir up a hornet’s nest, provoking more unwelcome attention. What they fail to realize is that the hornets are astir already, and will not be deterred by such pablum. They will especially not be deterred if universities cower and do their dirty work for them by banning and silencing those who have provoked this attention from the right. […]

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