The new crybaby culture on American colleges and university campuses has many making an obvious observation: that the inmates are now running the asylums. Students at the University of Missouri first made headlines with their protests but students now routinely protest to get their way for everything from faculty hirings and firings to curriculum changes to implementation of re-segregation (often call “safe”) zones. When and if they don’t get their way these crybabies do what crybabies do — throw tantrums.
Nowhere in America is this real-life drama played out more passionately than the University of California at Berkeley. The world watched as crybabies-turned-rioters assaulted, broke windows, burned and did $100,000 worth of damage to campus property in order to stop Milo Yiannopoulos from speaking. Speaking. That’s it. Just talking. Berkeley, the so-called “birthplace of free speech” in the 60’s.
If the desired effect was to not just stop Yiannopoulos but all future prospective conservatives from being heard, then the crybabies have succeeded.
UC-Berkeley has cancelled an event over “security concerns” that was set for later this month and featured Ann Coulter as its keynote. Coulter had been invited to speak by the same group that invited Yiannopoulos, the Young America Foundation, but as a preemptive move against what it likely sees as the inevitable, the university has pulled the plug on the event. Coulter was scheduled to give a speech on the campus on April 27th.
San Francisco’s ABC News 7 reports on a letter sent to the Young America Foundation by UC-Berkeley that reads in part;
“We understand that earlier this evening our Dean of Students, Joseph Greenwell, informed your leadership that despite extensive efforts on the part of UCPD and the staff within Student Affairs, we have been unable to find a safe and suitable venue for your planned April 27th event featuring Ann Coulter.
…While Registered Student Organizations like yours are independent from the University, and have the right to invite whoever they’d like to speak here, the campus retains responsibility for ensuring safety and security during such events.
…Unfortunately, UCPD determined that, given currently active security threats, it is not possible to assure that the event could be held successfully-or that the safety of Ms. Coulter, the event sponsors, audience, and bystanders could be adequately protected-at any of the campus venues available on April 27th.”
However, Coulter is not taking this sitting down. She told The Hollywood Reporter, “Yes, it was officially banned,” Coulter said of her planned April 27 appearance. “But they can’t stop me. I’m an American. I have constitutional rights.”
“If that’s banned, then no conservative can speak,” Coulter told THR on Wednesday. “Meanwhile, corrupt banana republic leaders like Vicente Fox have the red carpet rolled out for them on the taxpayer’s dime.”
Fox, the former president of Mexico, spoke in Berkeley this week.
Coulter told THR that before they canceled her, Berkeley administrators insisted that she agree to a list of demands prior to her engagement, and that she accepted their terms.
“I’ve acceded to all their silly demands, which they thought would end it. When I said, ‘yes, yes, yes,’ they canceled anyway. No more clear-cut proof that taxpayer-supported universities will not allow conservative speakers,” Coulter told THR.
“I’m giving a speech,” countered Coulter. “Speech will go on.”
It’s hard not to think the left is slowly but surely attempting to shut down any speech with which they don’t agree. Our own Allen West has been targeted by universities. And of course we know what happened to Milo Yiannopoulos after he was pilloried for some out-of-context comments. He lost his job and his book deal. Is Bill O’Reilly the latest victim? Perhaps.
But we live in perilous times if our First Amendment right can be so casually tossed aside.
[Note: This article was written by Derrick Wilburn]