Curiously, Katherine Johnson nor any of the black women featured in Hidden Figures were mentioned in Murray's book.
This is far, far more racist and egregious than writing anything about race, hereditary, and genetics in The Bell Curve.
Thus, the underlying reason for the attacks on Murray at Middlebury College all revolve around his failing to note in his book on NASA and the Apollo program that it was actually black women who were responsible for every gain we made in the race to the moon. [Middlebury Professor Assaulted, Injured While Escorting Conservative Speaker, ZeroHedge.com, 3-3-17]:
In the latest literal assault on free speech at an allegedly tolerant educational institution, a Middlebury College professor was injured by protesters on Thursday evening as she was escorting a controversial speaker from campus. She was treated at Porter Hospital and released, the Addison County Independent reported.The night's event unfolded in two parts.
At first, Middlebury students forced conservative American Enterprise Institute scholar Charles Murray - a political scientist who has been criticized for his views on race and intelligence - to stop his address before a campus audience Thursday night.
urray was invited to speak on campus by a student group, and was set to talk about his 2012 book, “Coming Apart,” and how its analysis of the white-working class explains politics in the age of President Donald Trump. But most of the controversy over the scholar’s appearance at the Vermont-based school related to his 1994 book, “The Bell Curve,” which connected genetics with socioeconomic outcomes and has long been criticized by the Left as “racist.” The Southern Poverty Law Center has called Murray a “white nationalist” who has used “racist pseudoscience.”
According to the Burlington Free-Press, and as seen on the video below, student protesters in the audience refused to give Murray a chance to speak as they turned their backs to him, and chanted and shouted for several minutes before faculty members moved the scheduled speaker to a private room to deliver his address via livestream video without a live audience.
Despite attempts by faculty and more tolerant students to restore normalcy, the protesters refused to compromise. “We need to foster a climate where we can listen and respect differences,” Middlebury’s dean of students Baishakhi Taylor said in an attempt to calm down the student protesters, according to the Burlington Free Press. “We don’t have to agree with everything. How do we engage in civil discourse?”
Not even appeals to the anti-Trump sentiment would sway the crowd: Alexander Khan, a leader of the American Enterprise Institute Club which invited Murray to speak, tried to appeal to the crowd by citing the scholar’s criticism of Trump.
Demonstrators jeered that that doesn’t matter because Murray is “still a racist.”
However, it was what happened next that was more troubling.
As noted above, after the initial chaos, college officials led Murray to another location and a closed circuit broadcast showed him being interviewed by Stanger, the Russell J. Leng ’60 Professor of International Politics and Economics. As Stanger, Murray and a college administrator left McCullough Student Center last evening following the event, they were “,” according to Bill Burger, the college’s vice president for communications and marketing.
Burger said college public safety officers managed to get Stanger and Murray into the administrator’s car.
“The protestors then violently set upon the car, rocking it, pounding on it, jumping on and try to prevent it from leaving campus,” he said. “At one point a large traffic sign was thrown in front of the car. Public Safety officers were able, finally, to clear the way to allow the vehicle to leave campus."
“During this confrontation outside McCullough, one of the demonstrators pulled Prof. Stanger’s hair and twisted her neck,” Burger continued. “She was attended to at Porter Hospital later and (on Friday) is wearing a neck brace.”
Murray, who apparently was unhurt in the incident, is best known for his 1994 book, “The Bell Curve,” for which he was criticized for an assertion that people of different races have different economic outcomes because of their inherent difference in intelligence.
The incident was so shocking it prompted even well-known neocon Bill Kristol to tweet:
"What happened at Middlebury to Charles Murray threatens not just campus free speech, but free speech--indeed freedom in America--generally."Charles Murray is a meticulous researcher and careful scientist, because he knows failure to follow the scientific method will result in any peer reviewed analysis of his findings being immediately invalidated.
So why didn't he mention Katherine Johnson or any of the black women featured in Hidden Figures as the true intellectual giants behind NASA in his exhaustive history of the Apollo program?
What a racist... even being anti-Trump doesn't protect him from failing to admit the true brains behind NASA and our race to the moon with Soviet Union was propelled by incredibly light-skinned black women.