UMKC protestor accused of spraying bleach-like substance at conservative speaker

April 12, 2019 - 6:17 am
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Police took a protestor out of a lecture at the University of Missouri Kansas City after the person allegedly tried to squirt a bleach-like substance on guest speaker Michael Knowles, a conservative commentator.

Knowles, 29, is a Yale graduate and an unapologetic Catholic. Each week, he uploads multiple episodes of his podcast, The Michael Knowles Show.

Video shows a few dozen protestors trying to shout down Knowles, whose lecture was entitled "Men Are Not Women," about gender-based politics and victimhood.

The already-agitated social justice protestors became enraged when Knowles mocked their chants.

"I know, you're so oppressed, my dears," Knowles smirked. "I know life is so hard for you. You have to live in the richest, most equitable, most just country in the history of the world. You have to get a college education. You have to voluntarily go to lectures. It's so awful."

After the attacking protestor was taken out of the hall, Knowles argued against what he called the idea that reality causes people to suffer and fantasy makes people feel better.

"This insistence on fantasy over reality is the lie every tyrannical government has ever told its people," Knowles said. "It's the lie that led to the guillotine, the lie of communism. It is the lie that leads people to commit political violence in a lecture hall in a university."

Michael Knowles at U. of Missouri: "Men Are Not Women" https://t.co/EtwnraCn14 via @YouTube

At 20 min. Watch the crowd of protestors. I know they’re God’s children too, but they either need an exorcism or a serious belt to their backside. Parents - talk to your kids NOW!

— Fr. Leo Patalinghug (@FatherLeoFeeds) April 12, 2019

Knowles' appearance was sponsored by two conservative student groups, College Republicans and Young Americans for Freedom.
At the center of Knowles' speech was the criticism of intersectionality, the concept that different groups can be classified by characteristics, including race, nationality and gender, and individuals can belong to more than one intersecting class.

"It posits that layers of oppression combine to form something like a pyramid of victimhood, and where you fall on the victimhood pyramid will dictate your degrees of oppression and privilege," Knowles said. 

Knowles answered several questions from people toward the end of his presentation. He made another reference to the protestors as he said good night.

"What a show we got, huh?" Knowles said. "It wasn't me putting on the show, but we got a show indeed."

BREAKING VIDEO: One person injured following protest at event hosted by conservative group Young Americans for Freedom. According to guest speaker Michael Knowles, a student threw bleach at him and was arrested. pic.twitter.com/nBC2B25dXz

— UMKC University News (@University0News) April 12, 2019
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