Spencer declared it an “absolute victory.” Trump’s election has changed something fundamental in the war between the far right and far left, Spencer said. And now, when Republican students want to invite prominent speakers to campus as part of a free exchange of ideas, they fear the university will cancel the event because of possible violence.
For years, their battle was mostly confined to the Internet and social-media platforms such as Twitter. Being a conservative student on the liberal public school campus in the Bay Area has long been a challenge. Berkeley’s first high-profile burst of violence occurred Feb.
I knew we had to go back to Berkeley,” said Rich Black, 26, a Los Angeles libertarian.
He formed the Liberty Revival Alliance, with the specific goal of staging more right-wing, pro-Trump events in Berkeley and daring liberal groups to try to shut them down. While pro- and anti-Trump rallies occurred nationwide on March 4 and last Saturday, Black’s rallies here had something none of the others did: violent clashes and breathless cable news coverage.
Here are some of their arguments and my answers: Them: The First Amendment applies only to government censorship. And UCB is a public institution, supported by taxpayer money, which makes this a government issue. A bunch of thugs just established that you can bully a public institution in a relatively small town into disinviting a controversial speaker.
Which of our other freedoms will they come after next? Coulter called Wednesday "a sad day for free speech." This next sentence will cause physical pain for some of you to read, but you need to just the same: Ann Coulter was right.
It’s the canary in the coal mine for the rights of people like me.” Jesse Arreguin, Berkeley’s 32-year-old mayor and a participant in the Occupy movement and Black Live Matter protests, said he wants to ensure all opinions can be expressed in his city.Now, the university — known as the birthplace of the 1960s Free Speech Movement — has been forced to weigh the values of free expression that it has long championed against the safety of its students and community.[Berkeley gave birth to the Free Speech Movement in the 1960s. Corral for the Hatfield and Mc Coys of the right and left,” said Dan Mogulof, the university’s assistant vice chancellor for public affairs.“If I said I’d be at the center of Berkeley’s campus in 48 hours, how long do you think it would take to see 100 communists show up trying to kill me?” said Richard Spencer, a self-proclaimed white nationalist leader and a founder of the alt-right, a movement that seeks a whites-only state and whose adherents are known for espousing racist, anti-Semitic and sexist points of view. It’s the headquarters not just to the academic left, but the activist left.Berkeley, you should know, has been the site of recent political street fighting. It wouldn't matter if it were Louis Farrakhan at Ole Miss or Bernie Sanders at the High School of Economics and Finance just off Wall Street.