Why Was Ann Coulter Was Invited To Berkeley To Speak Anyway?

Submitted by: bliznik 5 months ago in News & Politics

Pranav Jandhyala is a freshman at the University of California at Berkeley, and founded BridgeUSA at Berkeley, which was formed shortly after the controversial Milo Yiannopoulos riots to encourage free and varied discourse between and among both liberals and conservatives on campus. Yes, even liberal Berkeley has many conservatives who attend their campus.

His article detailing the thoughts of BridgeUSA and why they invited Coulter to speak, even though a large majority of his group is liberal, is worth a read. It's a shame that extremists who want to watch the world burn hijacked his group, which was formed specifically to prevent incidents like this from happening. Below are some relevant excerpts:

"Coulter’s ideas have an audience, and though most members of our group don’t agree with her, we recognize the following she draws...we believe the only productive way to fight views one sees as bad or dangerous is with better views....Rather than repeating the failures of Yiannopoulos’s event, we wanted to create a national example for what free discourse and the questioning of ideas should look like here at Berkeley, the home of the free speech movement 50 years ago."

"Sproul Plaza is becoming a battleground, and the ones who are left to pick up the bill of consequences is the Berkeley student body, which is vilified every day in the press for destruction that outside groups are responsible for. Antifa and other 'black-bloc' groups that are able to organize do so far beyond the perimeters of our campus, and they receive an insignificant amount of support from Berkeley students, if any. But in national news, all that’s seen is violence and destruction being used to censor speech."

"It’s a scary situation when the university cannot perfectly perform its duty, when it cannot guarantee the safety of all speakers at all times in all places. Those who would threaten student safety and destroy our campus to silence speech they disagree with are culpable for the existence of this new trade-off. And violence and threats which restrict the free exchange of ideas constitute fascism under the banner of anti-fascism."
There are 12 comments:
Male 4,235
I look forward to the riot. I wonder how many pornstars will be punched  this time
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Male 1,412
yeah....right.  If the berkley admin REALLY wanted free speech, they would call up the local police chief and say "Hey, stop these outside agitators from marching into our campus and destroying shit!".  They do not do that because 1) it DOES have a lot of students involved, and 2) they really DO support the rioting violent protesters. Don't piss on my leg and tell me its raining.
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Male 1,738
spanz I think they don't do that because they're deathly afraid that another pepper-spray incident will occur. The admins are paralyzed with fear that they will do something that might "look bad." So instead they do nothing...which also looks bad.

Ridiculous. Everyone nowadays reacts with fear instead of with bravery.

Oh no, it's a dissenting point of view!
Riot.

Oh no, another dissenting point of view!
Make up facts.

Oh no, a few brown people are committing terrorist attacks and it's really hard to tell the difference between brown people!
Villify all brown people.

Oh no, my children are autistic and I have no idea why!
Villify vaccine shots and GMOs

Oh no, if we call the police they may pepper spray innocents!
Sit on hands and do nothing while whistling dixie

It's ridiculous. The only ones who are "brave" enough to stand up for anything anymore are anonymous bloggers who have nothing to lose.
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Male 1,666
I'm 62 years old I lived in California as a youth and as a service man in L.A and just north of San Francisco in Petaluma, All before 1975,  Berkeley has been a bastion of liberalism for as long as I can remember, there may be many conservatives there but there voice has been squashed for many years.
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Male 455
I grew up in a very conservative household in the bay area. It was very obvious that people did not appreciate my family's point of view. No one in my family has enmity for others and simply has an alternate worldview and plans for making life better for everyone. (But I will admit they had little patience for opposing concepts.)

The people of Berkeley aren't "tolerant" like they say they are. They have just as much of a rooted belief system as anyone else.

For all the talking points, both sides could use a bit more understanding. I know it won't happen, but a boy can dream...
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Male 3,419
Mann Coulter...
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Male 39,898
Why was she invited?  Because differing and opposing points of view stimulate thought.

Just a guess
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Male 1,412
Gerry1of1 if THIS is the level of free speech allowed on college campuses today, the quality of ALL education must have dropped a good 10 dB from when i was a student!  Full of themselves professors, no questioning or independent investigation...just rote memorization and lockstep thinking?  OMG.  
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Male 39,898
spanz lol
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Male 8,530
I don't care if I agree with you are hate whatever you're saying, if you're invited to speak it is not alright for anyone to promote violence to silence you.

I don't even agree with interrupting your speech, as many do.  (Although question and answer sessions are open season.)

I will, though, let you know if I disagree with you.
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Male 316
megrendel Well said. Not a fan of her myself but unless you are trying to get people to hurt others say what ever you want.
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Male 7,917
I applaud them, She should absolutely be allowed to speak.  All this did was turn Ann Coulter into a Matyr for free speech.  bad move on those Black Bloc morons.
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