Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the University of California, Berkeley, the liberal college administrators are bloodying up the water again with their pick-and-choose approval of who gets the graciousness of their welcome.
This time around, it’s Ben Shapiro of the Daily Wire and formerly of Breitbart who’s getting the shaft from the university. UC Berkeley officials announced this week that while Shapiro is welcome to make some sort of arrangement with the conservative club on campus for a speaking event, he shouldn’t expect THEM to make any accommodation whatsoever for his arrival. This is the sneaky way they have – as seen in the Ann Coulter debacle – of censoring conservative speech while still maintaining an air of plausible deniability. It fools no one, of course.
The Young America’s Foundation, the national conservative organization that finances speakers to come around to address clubs like UC Berkeley’s College Republicans, said in a statement that the school was supposedly “unable to identify an available campus venue” for the event.
“Ben Shapiro is welcome on our campus and we are committed to supporting his, and your, rights to free speech,” said the university.
Shapiro, however, isn’t buying that.
“This bullshit will not stand. Don’t worry, Berkeley. I’m coming one way or another,” Shapiro tweeted Wednesday.
In comments to YAF, Shapiro said the university’s excuse was just that – an excuse.
“Using ridiculous pretexts to keep conservatives from speaking is unsurprising but disappointing,” he said. “We’ll find a way to get this event done, and UC Berkeley has a moral and legal obligation to ensure we do so.”
At this point, we can only conclude one of two things. One, the administration at this school is so terrified of the liberal anarchists that populate the college that they’re willing to give in to virtually any demands that they make. Or two, that even the anarchists are an excuse and the administration really, really believes that people like Milo Yiannopoulos, Ann Coulter, and Ben Shapiro should not be poisoning the young, impressionable minds of their students. And really, regardless of which one is true, the situation is equally as pathetic. The university has a responsibility to its students to expose them to different points of view and they have a responsibility to the LAW to make sure that free speech is welcomed on campus. And they have a responsibility to humanity to make sure that a handful of left-wing radicals cannot shut down ANY event with predictable threats of violence.