The Jury Talks Back

2/1/2017

Today in the Annals of Free Speech

Filed under: Uncategorized — JVW @ 6:48 pm

[guest post by JVW]

Noted provocateur Milo Yiannopolous was scheduled to speak at 7:00 pm on the campus of — ta-da! — the University of California at Berkeley, but the appearance has been cancelled due to a large throng of leftists acting like leftists do in 2017:

The Breitbart News editor was set to deliver a speech inside a UC Berkeley campus building but hundreds of protesters began throwing fireworks and pulling down the metal barricades police set up to keep people from rushing into the building. Windows were smashed and fires were set outside the building as masked protesters stormed it.

The Berkeley Police Department said people threw bricks, smoking objects, and fireworks at police officers. Protesters took down a light pole and university police locked down all buildings and ordered a shelter in place.

Yiannopolous was invited by the local College Republicans to speak against college campuses declaring themselves “sanctuaries” for illegal immigrants. Under a great deal of pressure from leftist elements to prohibit the event, the Cal administration attempted to hold firm to free speech principles and proceed with the event. Apparently they were most unsuccessful.

UPDATE: Well, this is rich: apparently the Cal Office of Student Affairs was afraid that Yiannopolous’s speech would put illegal immigrant students at risk. I wonder what they think now that their police are dealing with firecrackers whizzing around their heads and bricks crashing down on their riot shields. Nothing like worrying about theoretical risk while ignoring real-world risk. Jeeze, academia.

– JVW

5 Comments »

  1. This is great!

    Breaking windows, damaging their own buildings, and setting fires to stifle free speech. Perfect!

    Milo could not have made a more powerful speech than the message being sent by the new Brownshirts.

    Comment by Ed from SFV — 2/1/2017 @ 7:02 pm

  2. The brilliant part is that by holding it at Berkeley, they’re doing property damage to pretty much the most leftist college out there.

    Comment by Ingot — 2/1/2017 @ 8:24 pm

  3. UPDATE: Well, this is rich: apparently the Cal Office of Student Affairs was afraid that Yiannopolous’s speech would put illegal immigrant students at risk. I wonder what they think now that their police are dealing with firecrackers whizzing around their heads and bricks crashing down on their riot shields. Nothing like worrying about theoretical risk while ignoring real-world risk. Jeeze, academia.

    Comment by JVW — 2/1/2017 @ 8:32 pm

  4. Campus free speech started at Berkeley. Now it’s died there.

    Comment by Kevin M — 2/1/2017 @ 9:44 pm

  5. What if they threw a riot and a speech by someone they disagreed with broke out?

    Comment by Quibus Vigilius — 2/2/2017 @ 5:55 pm

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