Harrison Searles, a columnist for the UMass Amherst Collegian, calls female protester a “bitch” before she was escorted out by police
Today, capitalist author Andrew Bernstein came to UMass Amherst to speak at an event hosted by the UMass Republican Club.
The UMass Republican Club has its own history of sexism, with its former vice president being eventually kicked out for charges of sexual harassment, assault, stalking, and breaching of restraining orders against female members of the UMass Republican Club.
And today, one of the Collegian’s republican columnists, Harrison Searles, said to a female protester “Mic check, bitch!” This protester was here in a large group in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street, Occupy UMass, and the International Socialist Organization.
This was immediately followed by other protesters in a barrage of attacks against him, shouting back comebacks like, “What did you just call her?” “Let’s not have misogynistic slurs in here, too!”
That protester can also be seen being escorted away by police officers.
I’m the one who recorded this, and I am pissed off. It was bad enough that he said it, but once I found out he works for my university’s newspaper, that was the end of the line. This cannot be tolerated. I will not stop until he deals with serious consequences of this. Sexism can’t be tolerated anywhere.