Conservatives across America were stunned when Ann Coulter decided to cancel her speaking event at the University of California, Berkeley after being threatened by radical leftist groups who were likely going to riot as they did when MILO spoke there.
Because tolerance or something.
While many were disappointed, and felt the cancellation was a big blow to free speech, many folks on the right decided to fight back by holding rallies of their own.
According to Fox 5 Vegas:
Far-right supporters planned rallies Thursday to denounce what they called an attempt to silence their conservative views after Ann Coulter said she was forced to cancel a speaking event at the University of California, Berkeley. Amid concerns violence might erupt, police erected barricades on the campus and dispatched officers in riot gear on motorcycles.
The conservative social and political commentator said she still might “swing by to say hello” to her supporters as police and university officials braced for possible trouble whether she shows up or not, citing intelligence and online chatter by groups threatening to instigate violence.
The tension illustrated how Berkeley has emerged as a flashpoint for extreme left and right forces amid the debate over free speech in a place where the 1960s U.S. free speech movement began before it spread to college campuses across the nation.
As far-right groups and a leftist group prepared for their protests, university police set up bright orange barricades at the university’s main plaza as a precaution for possible crowd control.
An armored police vehicle was also seen patrolling one street on campus and city officers patrolled a park where two far-right groups said they would hold protests.
KCBS reported that Gavin McInnes, founder of the pro-Trump “Proud Boys,” said he will speak in the afternoon at Civic Center Park and encouraged other groups to help make a large showing at the gathering.
The group on its Facebook page calls itself a fraternal organization aimed at “reinstating a spirit of Western chauvinism during an age of globalism and multiculturalism.” It said it support minimal government and is also “anti-political correctness, anti-racial guilt, pro-gun rights, anti-Drug War, closed borders.” Another group called the Orange County Alt Right Group planned a rally in the same place.
The International Socialist Organization said it planned an “Alt Right Delete” rally about a mile (1.6 kilometers) from the right-wing protests and just outside the university campus to show support for free speech and to condemn the views of Coulter and her supporters.
It’s tragic that, in our day and age, the concept of freedom of speech is under attack, all because a group of sensitive folks can’t handle others having a differing opinion.
Berkeley’s hippie roots were founded on freedom of speech, but it’s now devolved into a echo-chamber and safe space for the delicate sensibilities of those on the left.
Ironic, isn’t it?
[Note: This article was written by Michael Cantrell]