Danielle Elkins: Violent protesters running UC-Berkeley
April 20, 2017
I wish I had a dime for every time a pugnacious liberal holding a protest sign has uttered the word "tolerance" while shoving the left's agenda down the throat of anyone who will listen.
Perform a quick Google search for "tolerance definition" and you'll find that the first search result provides the following definition: the ability or willingness to tolerate something, in particular the existence of opinions or behavior that one does not necessarily agree with.
I'm not saying that every liberal is unreasonable and hypocritical, but maybe it's time for America's left-wing crusaders who wage war on anything they disagree with to start practicing what they preach.
Conservative political commentator, author, columnist and lawyer, Ann Coulter, was recently invited by a campus Republican group to speak about immigration at the University of California at Berkeley on April 27. But when university officials learned about the event, they concluded that hosting a conservative speaker is too risky after the violent protests that erupted in reaction to the same Republican group inviting Milo Yiannopoulos to speak on campus in February.
UC-Berkeley officials cancelled Yiannopoulos's speech, and they seem to have tried to convince Coulter to cancel hers by making ridiculous demands — requiring that the speech be given in the middle of the day, allowing only students to attend, and insisting on waiting until the last minute to announce the speech venue — which they claim were efforts to keep violent protests at bay.
Despite the nature of the demands, Coulter said on Wednesday in an email to the Washington Post that she agreed to them. But then officials added insult to injury by cancelling the speech out of nowhere.
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"They just up and announced that I was prohibited from speaking anyway," Coulter said in the email. "I feel like the Constitution is important and that taxpayer-supported universities should not be using public funds to violate American citizens' constitutional rights."
University officials commented on Wednesday that they hope to reschedule Coulter's speech for September, saying that they are only trying to keep the speaker, student attendees to the event and bystanders safe. They emphasized that their cancellation of Coulter's speech was in no way due to her conservative views.
For the sake of honesty, the officials could have said that they feel unable to gain control over events on their own campus so they've decided to let the protesters run things.
Coulter mentioned in the email that she plans to show up and give her speech as planned on April 27. It was later announced the school reversed its decision and will allow her to speak.
UC-Berkeley is known as the birthplace of the Free Speech Movement, but lately free speech on the university's campus appears to be a privilege awarded only to those who throw temper tantrums to get their way.
It's sad to see a university demonstrating to students that using violent intimidation tactics is the most effective method for getting their way in the world today, and that it's their right to do everything they can to squelch opposition to their views. It should be interesting to see how these lessons pan out for them in the future.
It's refreshing, however, to see Coulter standing her ground.
This is America, and we all have the right to hold whatever opinions we choose. What we don't have the right to do is incite violence against others in an effort to silence them.
To all of you ungovernable liberals out there in Protest Land, we will not back down from what we believe just because you don't like it. I guess you'll just have to learn to be more tolerant.
And yes, a wink was implied in the previous sentence.