Avoiding Free Speech at Berkeley

Sep 16, 2017

Faculty and professors at US Berkeley are calling for a suspension of classes and activities during “free speech week.” “As faculty we cannot ask student and staff to choose between risking their physical and mental safety in order to attend class or come to work in an environment of harassment, intimidation, violence, and militarized policing.” The conservative publication, Berkeley Patriot, has invited Anne Coulter, Steve Bannon, and Milo Yiannopoulos to speak during free speech week. The faculty and staff members who wrote the letter acknowledged the constitutional requirement to allow all viewpoints on campus. "We recognize that as a public institution, we are legally bound by the Constitution to allow all viewpoints on campus. However, there are forms of speech that are not protected under the First Amendment. These include speech that presents imminent physical danger and speech that disrupts the university's mission to educate." The letter writers apparently did not recognize that there would be no disruption on campus if leftists did not resort to violent tactics to shut down speech they oppose.