It’s good to see the tolerant left engaging in civil debate with stances they don’t agree with in a calm educational setting.
That was sarcasm in case you couldn’t tell…
For those that don’t know, an alt-right Breitbart news editor, Milo Yiannopoulos was scheduled to speak at Berkley tonight.
Instead of voicing their opinions through debate, peaceful protests, or public education/awareness efforts, the students of Berkley chose to create the scene pictured above. The rioters started fires, threw moltov cocktails, lit fireworks in buildings, and ultimately destroyed a lot of both public and private property.
Their main goal? To seemingly silence Yiannopoulos from voicing his message to those who wanted to listen.
What did they accomplish instead? They destroyed their own campus. On top of that, they ensured hours of coverage for Milo on numerous news networks across the country; they’ve only amplified his voice a thousandfold.
I by no means agree with Yiannopoulos’ ideals, but this is simply unacceptable. Universities are meant to be a place for free speech and healthy intellectual conversations.
What if I were to tell you that you can disagree with someone, and not create literal dumpster fires?
A Yiannopoulos, Bannon, Trump Plot to Control American Universities?
The events at
Berkeley Wednesday night have been a boon to Milos Yiannopoulos, of Breitbart
News, and to Steve Bannon, formerly head of Breitbart News and now Trump’s consigliere.
As you may know, on Wednesday night, February 1, Berkeley gave Yiannopoulos a major forum to spout his racist
and misogynistic vitriol. But police had to cancel the talk because
about 150 masked agitators threw Molotov cocktails, smashed windows where
Yiannopoulos was scheduled to speak, and threw rocks and fireworks at the
police – delivering made-for-TV images of a riot.
a promotional Breitbart story that ran before the event, Yiannopoulos was going
to “call for the withdrawal of federal grants and the prosecution of university
officials who endanger their students with their policies.”
exactly what Trump did via tweet early the next morning: “If U.C.
Berkeley does not allow free speech and practices violence on innocent people
with a different point of view — NO FEDERAL FUNDS?”
Yiannopoulos had a friendly interview on Fox News’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight” –
a show that, according to the Washington Post, has ridden anger at left-wing
activism into best-in-class prime time ratings.
The conversation focused on how Berkeley proved the point that the Left was ceding its right to
federal grants by cracking down on free speech.
Which raises the possibility that Yiannopoulos and Brietbart were
in cahoots with the agitators, in order to lay the groundwork for a Trump
crackdown on universities and their federal funding.
Thursday night on CNN, I said “I wouldn’t bet against” that possibility. Almost immediately an
indignant article appeared in Breitbart News, misleadingly headlined “Robert
Reich Lies, Claims Breitbart News Organized Berkeley Riots.”
Hmmm. Connect these dots:
(1) Yinnopoulos writes for Breitbart News, which Steve Bannon – Trump’s strategy director – ran before joining Trump.
(2) Before Yiannopoulos speaks at Berkeley, Breitbart publishes an
article saying that Yiannopoulos will call for the withdrawal of federal grants
and the prosecution of university officials who endanger their students with
(3) Berkeley opens its doors to Yiannopoulos, but campus
police have to cancel the event because of masked agitators.
(4) Hours later, Trump
issues a misleading tweet, accusing the university of not allowing free speech
and promoting violence against innocent people with different views, and threatening to withhold federal funds.
next night, Yiannopoulos on Fox News says the incident proves that universities
like Berkeley don’t deserve federal grants by cracking down on free speech.
That same night, on CNN, I raise the possibility that Yiannopoulos and Breitbart could
have been collaborating with the agitators – saying “I wouldn’t bet against it.” This generates a belligerent column in
Breitbart with a misleading headline calling me a liar for claiming that Breitbart News organized the riots.
I don’t want to add to the conspiratorial musings of so many about this very conspiratorial administration, but it strikes me there may be something worrying going on here.
Free speech is a human right but …
… if human rights get into conflict a human rights judge will decide which right is more important. For example the right for religion does not give you the right to harm women or non believers as extremists sometimes think. Further example: the UN law of genocide can already trigger when a genocide is only in planning and this refers to hate speeches. I tell you in this case the UN will give a shit about free speech. In my country (Germany) Milo would be in prison for a law called “Volksverhetzung” which triggers when your speeches are able to inspire violence to minorities. Stop this baby view of ethics and laws.
“If U.C. Berkeley does not allow free speech and practices violence on innocent people with a different point of view - NO FEDERAL FUNDS?” the President tweeted. It was unclear how the threat would be carried out.
Mr Yiannopoulos is a “senior editor” of Breitbart News, whose former executive chair Steve Bannon has been appointed as Mr Trump’s chief strategist.
CNN is reporting that it was “peaceful protesting”. According to the Left now, beating people with flag poles, pepper spraying them, knocking people unconscious, burning buildings and school property, smashing businesses, breaking open ATMs, terrorizing banks, etc is “peaceful” as long as it’s against Trump Supporters and for their Anarchist cause.
You know that if this was the other way around the mainstream media pigs would be reporting this as if it were WW3.
When was the last time you saw Conservatives riot over a Liberal speaker coming to campus, oh wait, NEVER. Conservatives didn’t even riot or protest at Obama’s Inauguration, unlike the psychos of the Left who rioted and burnt shit down at President Trump’s Inauguration.
Conservatives are the real side of Tolerance, NOT the Bigoted Left!
President Donald Trump threatened to withdraw federal funding from the University of California at Berkeley over its decision to cancel an event at which Breitbart writer Milo Yiannopoulos, known for his provocative and often misogynistic stances, was scheduled to speak.
“If U.C. Berkeley does not allow free speech and practices violence on innocent people with a different point of view - NO FEDERAL FUNDS?” Trump wrote on Twitter Thursday morning.
The university opted to cancel Yiannopoulos’s speech roughly two hours before it was set to begin after a protest against his presence on the campus turned violent, CNN reported. The school blamed “150 masked agitators” with igniting the violence, which included Molotov cocktails and fireworks launched at police. Protesters also threw rocks at officers and smashed windows at the U.C. student center, where Yiannopoulos was scheduled to speak.
Pulling funding is a threat that Trump has brandished regularly, both as a candidate and since being inaugurated as president. Perhaps most prominently, he has pledged to withdraw federal funding from so-called “sanctuary cities” that do not turn over undocumented immigrants to the federal government for deportation.
Yiannopoulos’s speeches are met often by protests wherever he goes. His headlines are among the most provocative on Breitbart, an alt-right news website that has expressed white nationalist sympathies, including “birth control makes women unattractive and crazy,” “science proves it: Fat-shaming works” and “gay rights have made us dumber, it’s time to get back in the closet.”
Last month, a man was shot at a campus demonstration opposing a Yiannopoulos speaking engagement at the University of Washington.
At least some portion of Trump’s success as a candidate is owed to the alt-right movement to which he regularly played on the campaign trail. Breitbart has been a frequent publisher of flattering stories regarding the president and the website’s former head, Steve Bannon, is the Trump administration’s chief strategist and senior counselor.
This trend of ‘well they deserve whatever happens to them if they’re racist/sexist/homophobic/islamophobic’ is really scary. Because where exactly do you draw the line? Like, if a guy catcalls a woman, does he deserve to die? Would you support him receiving the death penalty for catcalling a woman? Does the same go for all the other ones?
No, people do not deserve to be assaulted by some random person, who in all likelihood hasn’t even bothered to find out what the person they assaulted actually believes….and certainly not just because they happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time. And no, not even actual racists or homophobes or sexists or whatever the frick deserve to be assaulted or killed…unless they were actively attempting to assault or kill someone else first.
…Kinda like the supposed ‘protesters’ actually. Y'all are lucky you’re in California.