Berkeley – afraid that the generation of Orwellian “social” “jusitice” thugs they’ve raised will throw another costly tantrum at being faced with dissent – cancels speech by Ann Coulter.
Then, getting a wave of negative feedback, they rescheduled it – at a time when nobody could actually go:
Coulter had been booked for April 27, but Berkeley administrators abruptly canceled her engagement on Wednesday, citing security concerns. After massive publicity, they reversed course but reset the event for May 2, when students will be taking finals and therefore will be less likely to attend, according to lawyers representing the Berkeley College Republicans and Young America’s Foundation.
Associate vice chancellor Nils Gilman “grudgingly offered to allow the event from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, May 2 — during ‘dead-week,’ when students are not even in class,” wrote Harmeet Dhillon of Dhillon Law Group in a letter to Berkeley interim vice chancellor of student affairs Stephen Sutton.
“Such a bummer that we, here at UC Berkeley, have created an environment where free, dissenting speech is impossible. No idea what we’re going to do about that. But I guess you’re screwed! Those crazy kids. What’s an institution to do?”
As far as public universities go? Legislatures need to start insisting on campuses being environments for free speech, or clearing out management (and if necessary, professors. Tenure should not protect tyrants)