Few topics are as divisive as those relating to race. Unfortunately for Christina Paxson, president of Brown University, this was illustrated all too well last month when a discussion by Ray Kelly, commissioner of the New York Police Department, descended into chaos.
Kelly was scheduled to discuss the NYPD's controversial "stop-and-frisk" program at Brown last month. Although Kelly attempted to deliver his lecture, which hundreds of bachelor's degree seekers attended, he was unable to begin, as students shouted down the police commissioner before he had the chance to speak. Inside Higher Ed reports that many students see the NYPD's stop-and-frisk" program as racist, which caused much of the furor, but also noted that some students were equally outraged that Kelly was denied the opportunity to deliver his lecture at all.