Black Lives Matter 'guest lecturer' at Yale defends looting

Yale Divinity School invited Black Lives Matter activist DeRay McKesson to be a "guest lecturer" for two days on "transformational leadership." McKesson made it clear just how transformational his leadership was when he defended looting as a legitimate political tactic.

On Friday, McKesson will be one of the BLM activists meeting with Hillary Clinton. Perhaps Mrs. Clinton could broach the subject with Mr. McKesson and get his views on whether killing white cops is justified.

Fox News:

“The mystifying ideological claim that looting is violent and non-political is one that has been carefully produced by the ruling class because it is precisely the violent maintenance of property which is both the basis and end of their power,” reads the August, 2014 post from the literary magazine “The New Inquiry” entitled “In Defense of Looting.” “On a less abstract level there is a practical and tactical benefit to looting. Whenever people worry about looting, there is an implicit sense that the looter must necessarily be acting selfishly, ‘opportunistically,’ and in excess.”

McKesson appears to have veered off of his syllabus for the lesson, which prompted some critics to offer a reminder that looting does indeed have innocent victims.

“There is zero justification for stealing private property and destroying a family’s livelihood – which is what occurred countless times in Ferguson, Baltimore, and elsewhere – but that’s apparently what passes as an example of ‘transformational leadership’ at the Yale Divinity School,” said Kyle Olson, founder of, a blog that focuses on education reform.

"The article in question was not on the syllabus," a Yale Divinity School official confirmed. "But the instructor did send out some supplemental readings later in the process, including that particular article. We believe it's important for students to examine a wide range of viewpoints and ideas."

I agree with that last statement. Next up for Yale should be a representative from the Flat Earth Society as a guest lecturer because, after all, "it's important for students to examine a wide range of viewpoints and ideas."

McKesson defended the lesson when asked about it by

“The relationship and tension between protest and property destruction is something that America has grappled with since the Revolutionary War & the Boston Tea Party,” he said via Twitter to “The reading ... allowed us to explore all sides of the American historical relationships and tensions present in protest.”

To believe that the looters in Ferguson who walked off with TV's, food, drugs, and liquor are the same as the patriots who dumped British tea into Boston Harbor might be the most idiotic analogy I've ever heard. Those looters in Ferguson, Baltimore and elsewhere were uninterested in politics and totally concerned with their own personal gratification. 

It's a lame justification for breaking the law and not even in the ballpark when it comes to a political act. But Yale apparently approved the syllabus, which makes them complicit in this travesty. Not all "viewpoints and ideas" are acceptable. Yale has given its official imprimatur to a man who believes it is perfectly alright to use violence and property destruction as political weapons. 

A dark day in American higher education.

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