University of Michigan Releases to FMI More Records about Alt-Right Poster Campaign

The Foundation for the Marketplace of Ideas, Inc., published on its website on March 29, 2017, records provided to it by the University of Michigan which pertain to the university being roiled over Alt-Right posters which keep appearing on campus.  On May 5, 2017, the University of Michigan provided even more records to FMI.  Noteworthy about said records is the following:

  1. On September 27, 2016, Officer Philip Sullens submitted a report about how a resident advisor found “a few pamphlets” which were “immediately discarded into the trash by the RA.  The incident was not reported immediately because the RA was confused about what should be done.”  Officer Sullens also noted that Alt-Right flyers which were hung up on a public posting platform were “not taken down to protect the first amendment rights to free speech.”  Officer Sullens wrote in his report that “the subject, subjects, or group that posted and delivered the flyers is unknown and there is no evidence of a crime.”  Despite there being “no evidence of a crime,” university resources were wasted to investigate what was described to be “a bias poster.”

  2. On October 8, 2016, Officer Mark West submitted a report about “‘Hate’ Flyers that have been showing up around campus.”

  3. On September 27, 2016, Rick Fitzgerald emailed other university administrators a list of all the newspaper articles that had been published about the Alt-Right poster campaign.

  4. On September 30, 2016, a student emailed President Mark Schlissel to relay that “it was very painful to attend race and ethnicity classes that lacked any safe discussion due to the tense circumstances caused by fear of the unknown and fear of offending others.”

  5. On September 28, 2016, President Schlissel sent an email to all students and staff members to describe how “angered and frustrated” he is by the “episode.”  President Schlissel not only feels the “pain” of students, but he feels their “great pain.”

  6. On October 3, 2016, a professor emailed President Schlissel to relay that “while freedom of speech is one thing, hate speech is unconstitutional and an act of violence.”  The professor demands “disciplinary action” against the Alt-Right activists who distributed the posters.

  7. On October 1, 2016, President Schlissel emailed an individual to relay that “It has been a difficult, painful and sad week at U-M.”  He further goes on to apologize for not showing enough “solidarity” with the individuals who were triggered by the posters.  President Schlissel notes that “The campus police have looked for evidence that the group called Alt-Right has any functioning club or association here in AA [(Ann Arbor)] and was unable to find any.  Doesn’t mean they are not here, just that if they are, they are * * * in the shadows.”

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Federal Judge Denies Matthew Heimbach's Motion to Strike Portions of Complaint

Matthew Heimbach and Donald Trump are two defendants in Nwanguma v. Trump, which is currently being litigated at the United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky.  The gist of the plaintiffs' lawsuit is that Trump induced Heimbach and a veteran to physically attack leftists who were protesting a Trump rally.

Heimbach, who is representing himself, filed a motion to strike portions of the plaintiffs' complaint.  Specifically, in the plaintiffs' complaint, they:  (1) yelp about Ronald Reagan's philosophy; (2) whine about how the Southern Poverty Law Center dislikes Heimbach; (3) disparage the Traditionalist Worker's Party for opposing miscegenation; (4) note that Heimbach was banned from entering the United Kingdom on account of his political views; (5) note that Heimbach previously praised Pat Buchanan and George Wallace; and (6) discuss how Heimbach recruits members to join his Traditionalist Worker's Party at Trump rallies.

The plaintiffs are clearly grandstanding, and the content of the plaintiffs' complaint which was referenced above has nothing to do with whether Heimbach assaulted and/or battered the plaintiffs and is liable to them therefor.

Due to the ruling of the federal judge, the lawsuit against Heimbach and Trump will continue; a scheduling conference will occur and the parties will thereafter be permitted to propound upon one another discovery requests.

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University of Michigan Releases to FMI Records about Alt-Right Poster Campaign

Alt-Right activists have distributed Alt-Right posters on the campus of the University of Michigan over the course of the last year, and significant public attention has been generated because of it.  Professors have protested against the posters, spokesmen for the university released a formal statement, and the administration responded by earmarking $85 million towards future pro-diversity initiatives.  The president of the University of Michigan decreed the thought-provoking posters to be an "act of terrorism."

Through a Freedom of Information Act request filed by the Foundation for the Marketplace of Ideas, Inc., never-before-released materials reveal how the administrators--and police--dealt with the Alt-Right posters.

Noteworthy about the documents is that the University of Michigan Police Department was used by the administrators to remove "Misc. Non-Criminal; 'Upsetting posters on display."  The "upsetting" posters were determined to be "Eurocentric."

Amusingly, one individual emailed President Mark Schlissel on September 28, 2016, to relay that they had to "step out of class to cry" because they were "overwhelmed with all of these recent and ongoing racist events."  Another individual relayed to Schlissel that the posters could have eroded her daughter's "self-esteem" had she not had "the strength to deal with it[.]"  A different individual emailed Schlissel to relay that they felt "isolated and vulnerable" due to the posters.  Yet another individual relayed that they are "frightened by the presence of Identity Evropa on our campus" and that they are "afraid[.]"

FMI is a non-partisan educational organization approved by the Internal Revenue Service as a public foundation operating under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.  FMI does not endorse, support, or oppose candidates or proposed legislation.  Contributions to FMI by individuals, corporations, and foundations are tax-deductible.

To donate, please mail a check or money order made out to “Foundation for the Marketplace of Ideas, Inc.” to:

Foundation for the Marketplace of Ideas, Inc.
P.O. Box 381164
Clinton Twp., MI 48038

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