In case you didn't know, here's what happened:
Ann Coulter, famous orator of, amongst many, the following gems:
"God gave us the earth. We have dominion over the plants, the animals, the trees. God said, 'Earth is yours. Take it. Rape it. It's yours.'” - From her book titled. “If Democrats Had Brains They’d Be Republicans” (page 104).
"I think the government should be spying on all Arabs, engaging in torture as a televised spectator sport, dropping daisy cutters wantonly throughout the Middle East and sending liberals to Guantanamo."
Yup, that Ann Coulter - she decided to no longer proceed with her planned speech at the University of California Berkeley.
But Marlon, why? Sure, she’s batshit crazy. But the fact that she’s been known for such a long time, someone has got to be listening. Right? I’m sure she’d draw a crowd, even at Berkeley.
As a matter of fact, Coulter was invited to speak by a nonpartisan student group at Berkeley as part of their speaking series aimed at promoting free speech. And with this being a campus-wide multi-organization event, it was expected to be well attended.
So why'd she cancel? She doesn't strike me as the type to have cold feet.
See, what had happened was, the ridiculous amount of liberal students at Berkeley caught wind of the speech and pretty much lost their shit. And, I’m sure you remember the Milo Yiannopoulos situation from a few months ago. The university canceled it due to safety concerns.
Why you mad?
Well, although our political views couldn’t be farther apart, I was actually saddened by this decision. This wasn’t a win for Democracy. This was a black eye for Free Speech. The generation of tomorrow, at the institution that once stood for freedom of Speech and expression didn’t put their foot down and make a stand. They stomped their feet and cried foul. Someone who didn’t agree with them came to their safe space and disrupted their manufactured utopia, spewing all that ignorance. And how did they react? With ignorance. Congratulations to them all. They kept the boogie man out.
Kinda like “if a person isn't allowed to express their ignorance, are they still ignorant?” If you shut down a person’s constitutional right to express themselves are you making a stand for free speech?
So what’s your conclusion here?
Someone needs to inform the students Berkeley that they’re hurting their own cause here. If you want to be a bastion for free speech you have to be open to hearing the opinions you don't agree with. That’s sorta kinda definitely what free speech is all about...