Tags: free speech | corvino | csula

Calif. Campus Shuts Down Free Speech

By
Sunday, 13 Mar 2016 09:09 AM Current | Bio | Archive

It’s strange how the word “stormtrooper” in the media is almost always associated with conservatives, when the fact is it’s the left that has the mobs, violence, and riots often associated with the word.

Case in point is California State University in Los Angeles.

Recently conservative speaker and author Ben Shapiro was invited by the Young America’s Foundation to speak as part of the Fred R. Allen Lecture Series. The title of Shapiro’s talk was “When Diversity Becomes a Problem.”

Just the thought of a conservative speaker setting foot on campus spouting non–sanctioned thought was enough to goad leftist “crybullies” into action.

They put pressure on university president William Covino — who evidently suffers from that common malady of university administrators: jello spine. He unilaterally canceled the event.

Issuing a statement in perfect Newspeak Covino explained, “I have decided that it will be best for our campus community if we reschedule Ben Shapiro’s appearance for a later date, so that we can arrange for him to appear as part of a group of speakers with differing viewpoints on diversity.”

Shapiro didn’t mince words in his response, “I pay taxes in the state of California; I’m paying for these whiny children to be indoctrinated by radical leftists. For CSULA to pretend that they’re trying to provide balance isn’t just stupid, it’s insultingly stupid. I am the balance, and they’re too afraid to let me speak.”

Shapiro informed Covino that he would be speaking regardless of whether or not the university approved.

That led to threats from university professors against student organizers. Other CSULA students, who Shapiro terms “snowflakes” claimed the event is a ““threat to their lives” and “damaging to their mental health.”

Shapiro’s account of the subsequent event is instructive for those unaware of the threat to free speech posed by universities.

Leftist thugs blocked the entrances to the auditorium and attacked some of the students trying to get inside. Other students and potential members of the audience were intimidated and left before trying the doors.

University police did absolutely nothing to clear the illegal blockade of the entrance or stop the assaults.

Eventually, some students found a hidden entrance in the back and started an underground railroad smuggling people inside. Naturally this was such a slow process that Shapiro had to begin his speech before a very small crowd.

But even that wasn’t enough for violent speech censors. They continued screaming outside and someone inside set off a fire alarm. At the conclusion of the event Shapiro had to be escorted out surrounded by a cordon of police officers and security.

There have been no repercussions for the student or staff law breakers.

This is diversity at the modern university. You can look anyway you want, but you must to think in only one way. Or be prepared to face the consequences, alone.

Michael Reagan, the eldest son of President Reagan, is a Newsmax TV analyst. A syndicated columnist and author, he chairs The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Michael is an in-demand speaker with Premiere speaker’s bureau. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.
 

© Mike Reagan

 
1Like our page
2Share
Reagan
Recently a conservative speaker was invited by the Young America’s Foundation to speak as part of the Fred R. Allen Lecture Series. Just the thought of a conservative speaker setting foot on campus spouting non–sanctioned thought was enough to goad leftist “crybullies” into action.
free speech, corvino, csula
516
2016-09-13
Sunday, 13 Mar 2016 09:09 AM
Newsmax Inc.
 

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved