In what is known as the Birthplace of Free Speech, Berkeley – where Mario Savio made the famous speech about the wheels and the levers during the height of the counterculture movement – has now become known as a place where oppression reigns and free speech is no more.
Rather than discuss words and ideas contrary to their own, Berkeley students come together to shut down those that speak a message that students do not wish to hear, as was the case with gay, conservative activist Milo Yiannopoulis in February. Milo’s words hurt so very much that Berkeley students lit fires to burn their school down, broke windows, and attacked those who were doing nothing more than expressing an opposing viewpoint.
Using violence, threats, and intimidation is the antithesis of the first amendment and of the very foundation of what America, let alone a place that purports to be the very home of free speech.
Now UC Berkeley has banned conservative commentator and author Ann Coulter amidst security threats. It is funny how the University of Auburn can host can host self-avowed white nationalist Richard Spencer with minor incident, yet Berkeley can’t seem to get it together.
According to Young America’s Foundation, student organizers of an upcoming Ann Coulter event at the university were emailed by Berkeley administrators who claimed they were unable to “find a safe suitable venue” for Coulter.
“Young America’s Foundation, BridgeCal and Berkeley College Republicans have been working together to produce a lecture at UC-Berkeley on April 27, 2017, by Ann Coulter, a twelve-time bestselling author, whose book, ‘Adios, America!’ – a No. 2 New York Times bestseller — is widely credited with shaping President Donald Trump’s immigration views,” announced Young America’s Foundation in a press release, Wednesday. “The topic of her speech was immigration.”
Coulter was required to deliver her speech in the afternoon, only students would be allowed to attend, the speech location would not be announced until closer to the event. AGAINST ADVICE, Coulter agreed to all these requirements. In return, she requested two measures, which actually had something to do with ACTUAL safety –
She requested –
1) That the University of California chancellor request that the Oakland chief of police refrain from telling his men to stand down and ignore law-breaking by rioters attempting to shut down conservative speakers, as he has done in the past.
2) That UC-Berkeley announce in advance that any students engaging in violence, mayhem or heckling to prevent an invited speaker from speaking would be expelled.
Coulter explained, “If Berkeley wants to have free speech, it can have it.”
How did Berkeley respond?
THEY CANCELED THE SPEECH ALTOGETHER!
Young America’s Foundation stated –
“This is as clear-cut a case as it gets that public universities are using taxpayer dollars to shut down conservative speech while allowing liberal speech only. UC-Berkeley has, for example, welcomed the corrupt former President of Mexico, Vicente Fox, who has cursed at and mocked Donald Trump, currently the President of the United States. The university, and U-C chancellor Janet Napolitano personally have revealed themselves to be using taxpayer money for an unconstitutional purpose. Even after Coulter went along with their ruses and guises to shut down her speech, they simply announced, like Kim Jung Un, that it was canceled.”
TOGETHER WE WILL MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!
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