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In The Name Of Diversity: Conservative Writer’s Speaking Engagement Cancelled By College Funded With Tax Payer Dollars

Filed under: General — Dana @ 4:59 pm

[guest post by Dana]

Whenever we see the heavy-handed authoritarianism of the collective Social Justice Warrior rearing its ugly head with a stranglehold on speech, it’s good to remember that these are the very people who believe that it is they who should make up the rules up for everyone else. We know that the left has never been about free speech, and certainly never embraced with an open-mindedness, opinions differing from their own. They are a narrow-minded, bigoted group who oppose liberty and individualism at every turn. And only those who see the world filtered through their own stiflingly limited prism are allowed to escape the heel of their boot.

Just days before he was scheduled to speak at Cal-State University of Los Angeles (CSULA), conservative writer Ben Shapiro, whose appearance was part of the CSULA Young Americans for Freedom’s (YAF) lecture series, was informed that his appearance had been cancelled. Fittingly, the title of Shapiro’s scheduled talk was “When Diversity Becomes a Problem”.

In his email to the YAF, CSULA President William Covino, who shamefully buckled under to a real fear of diversity by student protesters, determined that a Conservative speaker in a sea of liberals was simply not representative of diversity:

“After careful consideration, I have decided that it will be best for our campus community if we reschedule Ben Shapiro’s appearance for a later date, so that we can arrange for him to appear as part of a group of speakers with differing viewpoints on diversity. Such an event will better represent our university’s dedication to the free exchange of ideas and the value of considering multiple viewpoints.”

Yet as YAF points out, providing”differing viewpoints on diversity” hasn’t always been such a big concern for CSULA. Consider the roster of previous speakers at the college where no effort was made to offer differing points of view:

• Dr. Cornel West addressed “Post Racialism”
• Alia al-Saji spoke on “Cultural Racism: Muslim Veiling, Embodiment, and the Nature of Culture”
• Kimberlé Crenshaw addressed “Racing to Post Racialism: Critical Race Theory, Constitutional Law, and Sustaining Communities”
• Serene Khader lectured on the topic, “Do Muslim Women Really Need Freedom?”
• Angela Davis and Tim Wise will address in a video lecture “Exploring Whiteness” this Wednesday

Diversity, thy name is hypocrisy.

Kudos to Shapiro who isn’t knuckling under:

“The campus fascists have taken over,” Shapiro told Breitbart News. “I pay taxes in the state of California; I’m paying for these whiny children to be indoctrinated by radical leftists. For CSULA to pretend that they’re trying to provide balance isn’t just stupid, it’s insultingly stupid. I am the balance, and they’re too afraid to let me speak. These aren’t diversity warriors. They’re jackbooted thugs. If they want to call the men with guns to shut down free speech, they’ll demonstrate clearly just who they are. I’ll be there on Thursday. See you there, snowflakes.”

Shapiro notes that given this is viewpoint discrimination in violation of the First Amendment, if the police attempt to stop him from speaking tomorrow, he will sue under 18 USC 1983.

CSULA and other public institutions of higher learning indulge childish fears when they become little more than a tax-funded playpen for big babies demanding to be protected and pacified in their safe spaces so their beliefs and viewpoints cannot be challenged.

Oh. Did I mention that Shapiro is also an Orthodox Jew??


Your Anti-Trump Links for February 24, 2016

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:50 am

Let’s give this guy authority over the IRS and DoJ:

Patterico assignment desk: find the protestor that Donald Trump said he’d like to punch in the face, and ask him if he is willing to challenge Donald Trump, a 70-year-old man with Secret Service protection who can issue threats easily, to a boxing match. I wanted to do this myself, but can’t find the guy’s identity anywhere.

There was a Nevada entrance poll (of dubious value) saying Trump won the Latino vote. I think I found the Latinos they polled:

P.S. I do not agree with the tweeter’s baseless accusation that the Trump campaign was behind this, and have said so publicly. That’s Trey Gowdy style shenanigans.

David Marcus asks: How Close Was Trump to the Mob?

As one of a handful of people within reach of the most powerful office in the world Donald Trump must explain why so much of his early career is peppered with appearances by powerful underworld figures. Had Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, or Scott Walker bought so much as a used car from a known mafioso, it would be front-page news. Trump bought a piece of land for $1 million from the son of Philadelphia’s former mafia Don, and used it to launch a gambling empire.

It isn’t only Trump who has a responsibility here. The news media, which is enjoying his playful romp through electoral politics, needs to wake up on this story. Trump isn’t just fooling around this time. He wants to play in the big leagues, and in the big leagues they play hardball. The major investigative news outlets in this country with the resources and wherewithal to seriously scrutinize Trump’s ties to the mob need to start doing so, sooner rather than later.

Former mafia members need to be interviewed. Transcripts of wiretaps and interviews with the major players in Atlantic City and New York crime syndicates need to be reviewed. The work of Barrett and Johnson, among others over the past decades that show Trump’s underworld connections, need to be re-examined. Gary Hart and John Edwards learned that a serious run for president exposes all the dirty laundry, Trump needs to know that truth applies to him, too.

Yeah, it’s a stupid question to ask. I can’t imagine Hillary doing anything with it.

Note that what Marcus is asking for here, is for Trump to be held to the same standard the media applies to other candidates. Which may remind some of you of my recent post, where I noted the media’s utter refusal to do exactly that — even as Trump goes around saying “nobody does more than me about x” and “nobody knows more than me about y.” Well, the day that was published, I made an appearance on Doc Washburn’s radio show — the most listened-to talk radio program in Arkansas. It is fortuitous that Doc Washburn tweeted out a link to the audio of the interview yesterday, on the same day when Trump made the claim: “Nobody reads the Bible more than me.” Enjoy:

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