Sunday, November 20, 2011

The Sound of Silence

You've probably seen the video of the cop that nonchalantly walked down a row of sitting students at UC Davis, spraying them in the face with pepper spray, before the rest of the force wrestled with them on the ground to put them in handcuffs. If you haven't seen it, you need to check it out. Add that to the UC Berkeley video of kids getting thrashed with batons, and you start to wonder what in the hell are these people thinking when they do this to peaceful students protesting on campus. They have to know they are being filmed. Are they trying to start a riot?

If anyone is going to meet this kind of aggression with counter-measures, it's a bunch of motivated college kids. The target now is UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi; both students and faculty are calling for her to step down. In this powerful clip from NPR, instead of greeting her with chants and jeers as she left the university on Friday, check out what hundreds of protesting students did.

It's rather ominous. And is speaks volumes.

Calm before the storm? She is addressing the students on Monday. It will be interesting to see what she has to say.