Green uses the ol’ there-are-bigger-and-more-important-things-going-on view not only to ignore the questionable police response to the party, but also to make a claim that we’re fighting for our right to party, rather than fighting what looks like an overreaction by the police.
Green’s claim copies, word for word, the thoughts of Middletown resident and blogger Ed McKeon, who wrote—a week before Green took up the topic—an entry on his blog Caterwauled, saying:
This was a Beastie Boys protest. Do any of us really care about fighting for the right to party?
Calling student actions on that now-infamous Friday morning an “embarrassment to this school’s noble tradition of bona fide protest,” Green goes on to criticize students for relating the MPD’s tactics to similar abuses in the past:
I don’t know what’s more depressing, reading the online comments from students comparing their brave bottle-throwing on Fountain Street to the civil rights movement or pulling out the yellowed clips from the not-so-long-ago days when a Wesleyan protest meant more than “This Bud’s for You.”
Green then goes on to overlook the legitimate issues at hand, I suppose because, for him, the fact that this started as a party and not some long-planned political protest means that police overreaction isn’t anything that needs to be mentioned in a column about a party whose only reason for notoriety… was police overreaction.
You may also want to check out the Topix forum on the column, which has some interesting and occasionally on-point reader comments.
Thanks, Ashley Casale ’11, for bringing this editorial to our attention!
1:10 AM: It’s a column, not an editorial. Thanks, Shoutboxer.