- Associated Press - Saturday, March 26, 2016

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) - Virginia Tech President Timothy Sands defended the right of an author to speak on the Blacksburg campus while condemning his work as flawed.

The appearance Friday by Charles Murray drew protests from those who view his work as racist.

Murray was the co-author of the 1994 book “The Bell Curve,” which examined intelligence and the influence of genetics and environment.

With heightened security, Murray discussed libertarian ideas and economic theories to an audience of about 200 people, according to The Roanoke Times (http://bit.ly/1UsGCKx).

Murray’s scheduled appearance was criticized by some faculty and minority groups.

In response, Sands wrote a letter support Murray’s right to speak while disparaging his work as the basis by some “to justify fascism, racism and eugenics.”

Murray accused Sands of “intellectual McCarthyism.”

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Information from: The Roanoke Times, http://www.roanoke.com

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