WASHINGTON – Conservatives on college campus already marginalized for their political and religious beliefs now say they feel their safety is being threatened by antifa.
Students of the Vassar Conservative Libertarian Union recently held a lecture featuring Cornell University law professor William A. Jacobson.
And now they’re being accused of supporting “hate speech.”
The situation developed when students, faculty and staff at Vassar accused Jacobson of being a white supremacist and claimed his lecture, titled “An Examination of Hate Speech and Free Speech on College Campuses,” was about promoting white nationalism.
Jacobson told Campus Reform the malicious accusations “sent a portion of the campus into a vicious smear campaign against me.”
Then leaders of the Vassar Conservative Libertarian Union, a chapter of Young Americans for Liberty, reported that they, too, were being attacked.
Flyers captioned “VCLU Loves Hate Speech” alongside pictures of members of VCLU have been posted and distributed all around campus, VCLU’s president Pietro Geraci said.
“If you see them on campus, TELL THEM WHAT YOU THINK,” the flyer also states.
“While there were protests outside, the lecture went forward as planned with no interruptions,” Geraci said. “However, today posters…were discovered that targeted members of the group. Non-members were also depicted.”
Vassar’s director of media relations said the school removed the posters and assured that “campus security has been engaged and are investigating.”
But the Vassar onslaught is just the latest incident in a series of harassments conservative students have encountered after right-leaning speakers were invited to campus.
On Tuesday, NYC Anti-Fascist Action distributed flyers containing pictures and personal information of Columbia University’s College Republican group members in New York City, soliciting opponents to let them know “what you think.”
Antifa littered the flyers around Columbia University halls and posted them on streets of New York and online, ahead of conservative political blogger Michael Cernovich’s slated Oct. 30 appearance on the campus.
The New York Antifa group also shared a video on its Facebook page showing members distributing the flyers around campus.
Ari Boosalis, the president of Columbia’s College Republicans and a financial economics major, says he feels his life is now in danger.
“It’s crazy,” Boosalis told Fox News. “It put a target on my safety.”
Boosalis said after other board members were targeted by antifa the CUCR filed formal harassment claims with the university and members sought representation by a lawyer.
“I am the face of the [CUCR] and I can take whatever they say. You can slander me, you can attack me all you want, and I can take it,” he said. “But it’s going to other board members in smaller roles. That’s different level.”
Boosalis said he suspects the NYC Anti-Fascist Action members responsible for the attacks are Columbia students because many of the photos they used to identify the board members were behind private Facebook accounts.
Antifa also is now reportedly plotting major disruptions in the United States that it plans to begin on Nov. 4.
Left-leaning websites, including Newsweek, claim the antifa’s plan to wreak havoc next week is “fake” and “a pervasive right wing conspiracy.”
Yet, antifa is promoting its nationwide plans to disrupt on its own website, refusefascism.org.
“We will gather in the streets and public squares of cities and towns across this country, at first many thousands declaring that this whole regime is illegitimate and that we will not stop until our single demand is met: This Nightmare Must End: the Trump/Pence Regime Must Go!” the site states.
“Our protest must grow day after day and night after night – thousands becoming hundreds of thousands, and then millions – determined to act to put a stop to the grave danger that the Trump/Pence Regime poses to the world by demanding that this whole regime be removed from power…”