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Don Feder Protested at Umass Amherst

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Published on Mar 15, 2009

Conservative Don Feder spoke at UMass Amherst on Wednesday, March 11, 2009, but refused to finish his speech due to protesting. Loosely organized by a student group, the Coalition Against Hate, hundreds of students and community members showed up to protest Feder's speech: "Hate Crimes Laws and Other Forms of Censorship: The Left's Assault on Free Speech." Feder claimed that Your chances of being the victim of a serious hate crime are comparable to being struck twice by lightning and being run over by a high speed train while skateboarding on a national holiday. He was noticeably upset by the high turnout of protesters, compared to the 10 or so supporters. He repeatedly yelled at the crowd, banging on the lectern and calling them "goddamn Nazis." Though Greg Collins, UMass Republican Club president, said [w]e brought Don Feder, first and foremost, to challenge the assumptions of Justice for Jason supporters and politically correct liberals on campus that hate crimes are legitimate forms of crimes, in a statement to the Daily Collegian, he made it clear on Wednesday that Feder would not address Jason Vassell's case. Bringing Feder to campus was a clear attack on the Justice for Jason campaign, and an extension of the hate speech spewed the week before in their newspaper, The Minuteman. Students met in the Campus Center after the talk to debrief and discuss further strategies to combat hate crimes and hate speech in the Pioneer Valley. Feder continued his speech upstairs in the Republican Club office, relieved to be surrounded only by other bigoted supporters. Join the Coalition Against Hate.

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