In response to the Haverford protest, Birgeneau issued this statement: "First, I have never and will never respond to lists of demands. Second, as a long time civil rights activist and firm supporter of non-violence, I do not respond to untruthful, violent verbal attacks."
Actually, Birgeneau has given in to student demands. I guess he forgot. Lukianoff is baffled by Birgeneau's assertion that students' verbal attacks are "violent." In those two sentences, Birgeneau displays the same mastery of sophistry as the students who demanded that he show "leadership" by caving in to their demands.
They won. Birgeneau now is a leader at surrendering. A former chancellor, he should have fought for the free exchange of ideas; instead, he tossed the keys of the library to the book burners.