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Vigilante George Zimmerman

A new display went up in Paresky yesterday.

Close ups:

1) I assume that this display has official permission from Williams, otherwise it would have already been taken down, as the big sign was last week. True? If so, how long will it be allowed to stay up for? A week? A month? Forever?

2) I don’t recall seeing other such prominent displays on Paresky. Does anyone? Will other groups be allowed to display in the same manner? I am sure that, say, Williams Catholic would love to put up pro-life posters of similar size.

3) How much are these efforts connected, if at all, to our two named controversies: Green/Love Black Joy and White Male Vigilantes? It could be that there is no connection that these posters, or ones like it, would have gone up even if Green/Love had never resigned and/or McPartland had never moved their memorial. But my sense is otherwise, that these posters are a direct response. Comments welcome!

4) What a pathetic summary of the Trayvon Martin case! If Martin was really “racially profiled and fatally shot by vigilante George Zimmerman,” then why didn’t Barak Obama’s Justice Department, run at the time by Eric Holder, charge Zimmerman? Were Obama and Holder proponents of white supremacy? I have my doubts!

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#1 Comment By anon On March 5, 2019 @ 8:26 am


Because they could not meet the legal burden of proof for a hate crime. That does not mean that Zimmerman was not influenced by race when HE made the decision to follow Martin with a gun, and then he made the decision to shoot and kill him after getting into an altercation with him.

Stand your ground is problematic when people initiate the confrontation in public. In this case, you have a teenager, who was in his apartment complex, being stalked and then shot and killed by a self professed “neighborhood watch”. A cop wannabe. Big time loser.

Stand your ground does not mean a person should be able to instigate a fight with you, and then shoot you because they are in fear for their life after instigating that fight.

Zimmerman by all accounts was a bad actor then, and his record since has proven that he is a bad actor now.

Read below and raise your hand if you would want Zimmerman hanging around your neighborhood with a gun? He is either the most wrongly accused person on the plane, or an unstable loser who runs around armed looking for confrontations.

You decide.


Seriously, is there anyone on ephblog who would want Zimmerman to be their self professed neighborhood watch,? Raise your hand!

#2 Comment By Just Me On March 5, 2019 @ 9:40 am

1. The answer is either [a] two weeks (taken down during Spring Break) or [b] three months (taken down at the end of the semester). My sense is that [b] is the more likely.

2. Probably not. That being said, there *is* a rainbow flag permanently hanging in Baxter Hall, so a select few other identities on campus could potentially repeat this performance. A pro-life or Christian message will definitely not be allowed.

3. How much? A lot to very.

4. George Zimmerman may have been a vigilante, but he was not a White Male Vigilante because George Zimmerman is a Person of Color.

#3 Comment By John Drew On March 5, 2019 @ 2:15 pm

As Colin Flaherty has pointed out, “Here is what we know for sure: There is an enormous disparity between black and white crime rates, and black and Asian crime rates. And as bad as rate of black crime is — often 6, 10, 50 or 100 times worse than white crime — it is really far worse.”

Colin Flaherty discusses the hoax of black victimization and those who enable it.

#4 Comment By PTC On March 5, 2019 @ 2:29 pm

This is good. Well done.

Free speech!

But is it content and viewpoint neutral? If not, then it is not free speech.

You do not know if a pro life message would be allowed until you post one.

#5 Comment By Current Student On March 5, 2019 @ 2:51 pm

You’re right, @PTC, but there’s no appetite that I know of amongst the Catholic group on campus (to name one possible constituency, of course there are others) to post a pro-life poster at Paresky. The group received a lot of blowback when Williams posted a picture of them at the March for Life on a social media account last year (Instagram, maybe). To my knowledge, they didn’t even go to the March this year, an unusual development (to my knowledge, it is a yearly tradition, especially since it falls during Winter Study). There is also the issue of funding; those posters aren’t cheap, and David is right to question where this money is coming from. In short, nice idea, but at the very least funding would have to come from somewhere first and foremost.

#6 Comment By abl On March 5, 2019 @ 3:01 pm

Current Student — where does the funding come from for Williams students to go to the March for Life? Is that all self-funded?

#7 Comment By Falk’s Legacy On March 5, 2019 @ 3:41 pm

Williams College – Home of the Hate Crime Hoax and imaginary violence.

#8 Comment By Falk’s Legacy On March 5, 2019 @ 3:58 pm

Williams College – home of the Hate Crime Hoax and Left-only Free Speech.

#9 Comment By Current Student On March 5, 2019 @ 4:49 pm

I believe the majority of it comes from the chaplain’s office, and I know historically at least some has come from College Council. I would need to check, but I believe that CC was unhappy with funding it, both for personal and procedural reasons. As a club event, funding sources can definitely come from the College though, so no self-funding.

#10 Comment By Future Williams Dad On March 5, 2019 @ 5:09 pm

My eight-month-old daughter, who wants to go to Williams College, works as a volunteer firefighter on weekends. When she saw photos of the banners outside of Paresky, she was so outraged that she punched a hole through an exposed brick wall in my apartment. She then started crying and asked, “Why does Williams College fund Leftist propaganda but actively attack any conservatives who want to freely express their own views?”

I had no idea how to respond.

#11 Comment By PTC On March 5, 2019 @ 5:09 pm

Current- Receiving “blowback” is free speech unless it falls into a category that is not protected. Controversial issues always receive “blowback”- just like these posters presented above are receiving “blowback”.

What I have seen thus far is many claims that “conservative” speech on campus, such as a pro life message posted in the same time, place, and manner would be censored- however, there is no proof of that.

I am just not seeing any evidence of viewpoint or content based censorship this year. If anything, the group (CARE-NOW) currently rallying behind speech (above) can claim some time, place and manner restrictions that are ambiguous. They have been silenced, and have had to persist to be heard.

Thus far, all the people crying about unfairness really have no evidence of any since the change in administration.

If I am wrong, please point what alternative views or views based on other content have been censored since this debate about speech started?

#12 Comment By PTC On March 5, 2019 @ 5:15 pm

Current- We should get together. I am around this weekend if you want to stop by for some good food. I live about 100 yards from campus.

#13 Comment By That Guy On March 5, 2019 @ 6:44 pm

Current – Hopefully your education from Williams — or otherwise — has taught you never to meet up with anonymous strangers from the internets.

#14 Comment By Current Student On March 5, 2019 @ 6:56 pm

Not saying blowback isn’t an exercise of free speech @PTC. I just meant that when the small Catholic group on campus receives a lot of negative attention and potentially hurtful but not god-awful comments on a photo, there isn’t a lot of desire to repeat an action that would result in more of the same. It’s simply not worth it to many students to do something right-leaning and controversial–too much negative reinforcement. So, unfortunately, I doubt we will be able to empirically find out if the claims of unfair censorship are warranted. I know I certainly won’t be putting myself out there to put up a controversial right-leaning poster just to see if there’s empirical evidence of unfair censorship–I fear the (legal!) social consequences far too much.

#15 Comment By That Guy On March 5, 2019 @ 6:57 pm

Ok Current et al., I did some follow-up research because of my concern about meeting up with anonymous internet stranger PTC. PTC could be ANYBODY in really life, including, according to this, the Pentagon telecommunications center. THE PENTAGON FREAKING TELECOMMUNICATIONS CENTER.

Who knows what sorts of privacy and free speech violations THOSE guys have planned.

Current, I urge you… STAY AWAY.

#16 Comment By That Guy On March 5, 2019 @ 7:02 pm

OMG Current, I just realized, HE IS OFFERING YOU FOOD. A stranger is offering you food. Do not accept the candy from the stranger in the white van. Or whatever.

#17 Comment By anon On March 5, 2019 @ 7:20 pm

PTC is a great guy. Have a meal with him!

#18 Comment By Fragesteller On March 6, 2019 @ 3:39 am

What are the odds that PTC has anything to do with the Pentagon

#19 Comment By PTC On March 6, 2019 @ 7:29 am

Fragesteller- As an abbreviation for my internet handle- 0%.

But I like it so much I have adopted it. So now 100%.

In life experience? 100%.

That guy- Ha! The van down by the Green River! Townies are scary, I would know!

#20 Comment By PTC On March 6, 2019 @ 7:29 am

Fragesteller- As an abbreviation for my internet handle- 0%.

But I like it so much I have adopted it. So now 100%.

In life experience? 100%.

That guy- Ha! The van down by the Green River! Townies are scary, I would know!

#21 Comment By PTC On March 6, 2019 @ 7:29 am

Fragesteller- As an abbreviation for my internet handle- 0%.

But I like it so much I have adopted it. So now 100%.

In life experience? 100%.

That guy- Ha! The van down by the Green River! Townies are scary, I would know!

#22 Comment By Current Student On March 6, 2019 @ 6:49 pm

Almost forgot how terrified we Williams students are of the outside world i.e. anyone not a Williams student…townies = horrifying! Think about it–they’re different from us!

#23 Comment By John Drew On March 6, 2019 @ 7:24 pm

I think it is more fair to say that the children and parents of Williamstown have more to fear from the shady students imported into their normally safe and sane community. After all, too many Williams College students seem to devote their college careers to establishing themselves as undergraduate drug dealers.

Ex-Williams College student accused of dealing pot to high schoolers out of dorm room pleads not guilty

#24 Comment By PTC On March 6, 2019 @ 10:14 pm

Current- Ha! Meet me at townie central- the Purple Pub.

DDF will vouch for me. Just say when. Our friends here on Ephblog can salivate with fantasies!

DDF can say with 100% certainty that although I do not live in white van by the river- I am not against that.