“Free Speech Week” at UC Berkeley has been canceled.
UC Berkeley officials say 'Free Speech Week' called off, Yiannopoulos presser canceled as well. https://t.co/6iaF2SNplx
— San Francisco Now (@SanFranciscoCP) September 23, 2017
Thanks to the overwhelming presence of police who were apparently allowed to do their jobs, Ben Shaprio’s recent appearance at UC Berkeley went off reasonably smoothly, with only a handful of arrests and a refreshing lack of rioting through the streets of the city.
It looks like business owners around the campus won’t have to board up their windows for Free Speech Week, though, as The Berkeley Patriot has called off the event “due to retaliatory efforts by UC Berkeley against its members” — although Milo Yiannopoulos, whose scheduled appearance in February set off vandalism and rioting, has insisted he’ll be showing up anyway.
Would it have been so apocalyptic to have had speakers like Yiannopoulos and Ann Coulter speak on campus? Apparently so: The New York Times was on top of the story, earlier this week soliciting sob stories from students at the school.
As UC Berkeley braces for more protests over speakers, Times reporters would like to hear from students and faculty: https://t.co/tfB1DksvSn
— The New York Times (@nytimes) September 20, 2017
Ask, and it shall be given you. It’s not Free Speech Week, it’s “a violent assertion of white privilege.”
— The New York Times (@nytimes) September 23, 2017
And check out this piece about faculty hand-wringing that was published on Friday:
Should there be limits to free speech? Faculty at UC Berkeley wrestle with the answer. https://t.co/7YAh2subZ9
— The New York Times (@nytimes) September 22, 2017
Funny how the question of “should there be limits to free speech” only became a hot-button topic after Hillary Clinton lost the election all the pundits were certain she was going to win.
One of the most depressing headlines of our time pic.twitter.com/3aXbx1NWL5
— Alex Griswold (@HashtagGriswold) September 22, 2017
That this is even a question in the USA is indeed sad. https://t.co/gpGaVenPoE
— Koshernuts (@jacques67) September 23, 2017
More depressing is that smug, self-professed 'progressives' will see nothing wrong with this. https://t.co/VeEYWqU6IM
— John Stephen Walsh (@jswriter65) September 23, 2017
One of the most honest headlines of our time. Faculty is part of the problem. https://t.co/JuTlN9NAHu
— Legal Insurrection (@LegInsurrection) September 23, 2017
The 'birthplace of free speech' is…basically a fantasy. https://t.co/tQaqM3P0Ai
— Pradheep Shanker MD (@Neoavatara) September 22, 2017
How is it that college students are too stupid to understand they're the fascists their parents protested against? https://t.co/blVhCyL6oM
— CharlesNotes (@Charles_Notes) September 23, 2017
They only wanted us to question authority because the authority wasn't them. https://t.co/QhcnGPUYVP
— jigawatt (@jigawatt97) September 23, 2017
They should allow Berkeley to build their bubble. Literally. Don't let anyone in or out. https://t.co/BVPDaCt4wT
— (((Fusilli Spock))) (@awstar11) September 22, 2017
Wall off the campuses, let them implement separatist pomo utopia. Then when they've all died in the ensuing carnage we can return to normal. https://t.co/3TgCaQ7G4Y
— Sam White (@SamWhiteTky) September 23, 2017
What is it about FREE SPEECH that liberals just don't get?
— Terri Carter (@TerriC122) September 22, 2017
"Free Speech"……today……in America. https://t.co/u6OVZLR06N
— Ernie Evans (@TypicalGuy101) September 23, 2017
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Washington Post: Liberals in 2017 taking a second look at that whole freedom of speech thing https://t.co/B2tJ7KHfLB
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) August 22, 2017