Berkeley Protesters Shut Down Free Speech Week, Don't Know What They're Protesting

Submitted by: 5cats 2 weeks ago in News & Politics
Scenes from last week's cancelled UC Berkley protest.

When the protestors in the video below were asked what they are protesting and why, they seem to have no clue at all. This seems like a typical response in institutions of 'higher learning' these days. 

Berkeley was once the home of freedom and justice, but it seems like its students have devolved into the very fascism these youngsters are objecting to. All we can do is laugh at them and wait until this trend passes.



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Female 4,408
erg, can a giant hole open up in the ground and swallow up all of these people? boring. the whole thing is boring. 'I am bored' by them. make them stop. erg.

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Male 8
Please stop. 

This is a false narrative. Colleges are in fact bastions of free speech, not withstanding a few isolated events.  There are plenty of conservative views present.   

There never was going to be a "free speech week". We know this because Milo Y. announced a slate of speakers who had never even been asked to participate (and wouldn't if they had), like Charles Murray. Neither he nor Ann Coulter previously did the normal things you do to book a college-sponsored speaking engagement that you actually plan to attend. 

http://www.wnyc.org/story/berkeley-back-cross-hairs?tab=transcript 

The real story is: a troll gets the media to cover the absence of a non-event in order to smear academia and the left. 

Students at Berkeley are not idiots, no matter how they're portrayed: they're actually pretty brilliant overall. These protesters are just reacting angrily in the moment to being trolled. No doubt the videographer chose the most thoughtful and articulate responses for the video, right?  I've seen far less coherent thought on videos of people at Trump rallies. Which isn't to say that's representative either. 




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Male 1,290
phacter your viewpoint is balanced, logical and refreshing.  You aren’t from around here, are you?
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Male 1,133
Wait for it to pass?  It's not going anywhere.  People are stupid.  You can get them to sign a petition against WATER, you can get them to sign anything protesting anything:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yi3erdgVVTw
That's already from over a decade ago.  How much longer will we be waiting?
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Male 4,999
It's no coincidence that uber-liberal Berkeley is usually the only college used to show what liberals act like. This would be like showing a few extreme right students at Liberty University as the norm for conservatives.
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Male 2,694
markust123 Ok please cite at least a dozen recent examples of conservatives at any college trying to stifle the free speech of fellow students or a guest speaker.  I'm searching youtube right now for just one example and if I find it, I will post it right here.    EDIT...searched for 20 minutes...nada.
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Male 4,999
dromed I will if you can show in my comment where I was talking about just free speech. 
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Female 4,396
"useful idiots"  useful in the sense that when the shit hits the fan, these sheltered, safe-space, ding-dongs will be good for fodder while the grown-ups handle business.
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Male 2,694
There's certainly an element of humor in watching a snowflake have a meltdown but damn this amount of stupidity doesn't speak well to the future.  You go to school, get a useless degree and after four years you're dumber than you started and 100k in student loan debt to a government you say you hate.  I suggest a good look in the mirror if you want to know why your life is so fucked.  
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463
By the way, the trump supporter with a MAGA hat holding a sign saying "stop liberal intolerance" is hilarious

It's giving off the wrong message it should say "stop intolerant liberals" but hey, I agree people need to stop being intolerant of liberal views (and vice versa)
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Male 64
Seems pretty typical of what I've seen in other videos of left wing histrionics. Conservatives have calm rational viewpoints and the left has emotional shrieking and some vague notion of nazis around every corner. I realize this video could have been edited to show the left in a poor light but it's just too common. 
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Male 7,910
notoriousbac 
I'm sure you are being sarcastic....
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463
notoriousbac I don't know what fantasy world you live in, but conservatives (in the uk at least) have far from calm and rational view points....
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Male 1,133
layla_wilson But are you sure that's ALL conservatives, or just the vocal ones?  Sure, I disagree with many of the vocal party leaders and many vocal conservatives, but living in TX it's no surprise I am surrounded by conservatives.  In my experience, most are calm and rational.  Just like with almost any group consisting of more than 10 people though, there is that 1% that is vocal and extremist that gives the whole group a bad name.  There's going to be that one guy that ruins it for everyone.  That's a fact of life.
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waldo863 I'm speaking about conservatives politicians in regard to political policy.
we have the conservatives in power here in the UK. And trust me, they are nowhere close to calm or rational.

The majority of their votes come from their smear campaigns and fear mongering. A small portion of their votes are from "true blue conservatives" who are the ones that are neither calm or rational.
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Male 1,412
HOW did all those 5 year olds get into Berkeley?  They need their blankie and a warm safe space to take a nap.
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463
To be fair, protesting against free speach at a free speech rally that you had cancelled is pretty retarded. 

1 step forward, 2 steps back it seems...

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Male 3,207
Gotta say, them thar death squads ain't lookin too bad.
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Male 40,728
Fancy went picture hunting again! Looks good!

That shirt in #14, I want one! :-)

Anyhow, there are a couple of semi-rational views here, but mostly these clowns have no clue about who they are protesting against and why. Of course there may have been some who actually could express a rational thought? The unedited video might be interesting... but I'm guessing this is a sample of normal reactions.

It was their threats of violence which caused the event to be cancelled, yet they came out to 'protest' anyhow. Fascism in full display: useful idiots on parade.
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Male 1,509
5cats Most guys in college go to protest rallies to get laid. (and probably most girls too)
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Male 4,135
5cats Well, you can't fix stupid.
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Male 756
Right at the beginning. '... We're at Berkley, the free speech week that got cancelled, but we're still having a day of free speech anyway.'

Sounds like the whole idea of free speech, formalities got canned but that doesnt stop people voicing an opinion.

You are a FUCKING RETARD 5CUNTS, you are so fucking stupid, I'll bet that scientists cannot wait for you to die so they can cut you open and see how you managed without a fucking brain.

Then I hope they clone you - so all of us can all have one of you to fucking kill ourseves.

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Male 1,509
stifler Damn dude! tone it down. there's a difference between disagreeing (or just not liking someone) and being a total cunt about it.
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463
stifler "so all of us can have one of you to kill ourselves"

Disagreements/arguments/shit slinging is one thing. But to actually express that you want to kill someone is a tad too far...

I suggest rubbing your earlobes and saying "goosefraba" ^^
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Male 40,728
layla_wilson This is what I deal with on a daily basis, nice eh?

You sometimes sound similar, that's why I snap at you like that. Honestly if people are polite to me I'm polite in return (most of the time) except for the professional hate-trolls. I do my best to ignore them (and their sock-puppets too).
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Male 4,999
5cats, "...and their sock-puppets too."

Wouldn't it be awesome if fancylad did a deep dive and kicked every sock-puppet off here? 
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463
5cats indeed, hence my attempt to find common ground and cease the verbal hostilities between us xD
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Male 40,728
layla_wilson Well cool! Just be (mostly) polite to me and I'm almost always (mostly) polite in return :-)
Far from perfect of course, lolz! 

I know and accept that you disagree with a ton of my opinions, that's normal for anyone. But disagreement isn't condemnation or judgement, it just means I don't agree :-/ If it is more I'll be specific about it... 

My Opinion: I like 7up, not Pepsi.
vs:
My Condemnation: You drink Pepsi? Sinner! You should burn in heck for all eternity!!! (for example)
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463
5cats 7up > Pepsi. We can both definitely agree on that! :)
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Male 756
layla_wilson why dont you stop by my house, so I can fuck you to death - then you can be a (meaningless cunt and useless) "head on a stick"

One forbids that avatar photo of yours is not an actual one of you, because if it is, I hope you are comfortable with being a single ugly fucking white trailer park cum vacuum.

I would stab you in the eyeball with 5cunts dick, but his dick is about as sharp as his intelligence. So I will probably prefer to just shoot you from 32 stories up.......



'~||~\



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Male 1,509
stifler See previous statement.
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463
stifler oh are we gonna resort to spewing crap like that are we?

Die in your rage <3
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Male 756
layla_wilson BABAAHAHA!! yeah I am raging!!

Typical left or right - I dont care; stupid cunt 'Murkin

Enjoy your pathetic (no)free-speech/(no)free-guns/(no)free-abortions{life}/(no)free-statues/(no)free-[fillintheblank]

England is laughing at you.

No seriously, England - your motherland is laughing at you,

We all know that they dumped their criminals here in Australia, but what America hasnt realised is that they dumped all their FUCKING STUPID PRUDES in AMERICA

Good fucking luck!


(I've been there - about 30 times a year, every year. you can have it)
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463
stifler Should also point out that everyone is laughing at England Aswell. Watching a country try and keep the population on its side while simultaniously dismantling society and oppressing all that disagree with their views, has left the rest of the planet laughing at the once "great" Britain 
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stifler I live in the UK, so what you've just said is rather hilarious. Have fun living in the land of degenerate criminals :) also calling England the motherland of America is such a simpleton thing to say. If that's the case, you could say Italy is the motherland of England.
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Male 756
layla_wilson Well it is true that you brits would have done anything to be Italian, or Greek - god knows you like it up the wrong-un

You are still the motherland of the Murkins.


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Male 4,135
stifler I thought we all came from Ethiopia or something.
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463
stifler yes. God knows I like it up the "wrong-un". Your point?
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Male 756
stifler squrlz4ever - Except you!

I would share my nuts with you anytime :-D
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Male 4,880
stifler I am... puzzled by this conversation here. I can't decide if Stifler is being horrible or joking or... ? Or I-dunno-what.

Signed: Confused in an Oak Tree
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463
squrlz4ever he's being Australian. The second he told me he lives there I realised why he was saying the things he has said. That mixed in with the need to be horrible to random people to feel better about himself.

(I'm aware that's stereotyping but sadly in most cases it's relevent)
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Male 1,509
layla_wilson Oh! that explains a lot. He's from the prison colony.
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Male 8,526
stifler but we're still having a day of free speech anyway.'

Yes, Berzerkly believes in free speech....as long as it agrees with their speech.
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Male 756
megrendel well done matey - you got it ;)

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Male 15,259
stifler It's been done before. http://bigthink.com/paul-ratner/the-medical-mystery-of-a-man-living-with-90-of-his-brain-missing
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Male 4,880
Draculya That's an amazing medical case. I'd never heard of it before.
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Male 3,375
5cats do trump voters know why they voted for trump?!. oh wait you can't vote.
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Male 8,526
rumham Most voted against the alternative than for Trump.

So far, there's been nothing to demonstrate that strategy failed. 

Although, it has been fun watching liberals' heads explode en mass.
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