UC Berkeley has had a reputation for being a place where free speech goes to die. A place where the political correctness campaign of the left has run rampant, having no one to keep it in check.
Recently, everyone's favorite right-wing provocateur, Milo Yiannopoulos has announced a “Free Speech Week” hosted at UC Berkeley. This came as a shock to some, but it's pretty evident to see why such a left-wing university would host an event featuring Milo Yiannopoulos, Steve Bannon, and so many other conservative speakers.
The Young Americas Foundation’s lawsuit, filed in April, alleges the university unconstitutionally canceled and restricted plans to bring prominent conservatives David Horowitz and Ann Coulter to campus. This brought heat down on the university and forced them to at least try to seem more tolerant of conservative speakers (funny huh?). They recently hosted Ben Shapiro, host of the Ben Shapiro Show, and editor in chief of the Daily Wire, on campus. This was seen by many people on the right, as an attempt to show that the university viewpoint neutral.
The University put out a statement to the LA Times that Free Speech Week” had been canceled and that the Berkeley Patriot had failed to submit the proper paperwork, and therefore, the event was canceled. The Patriot and MILO inc then came out and said that they were being Stonewalled by the university’s administration on any issues they had with the contract and the reservations of the two halls for the event. They stated that they emailed the university repeatedly, asking questions about the contract, mainly if they would get a refund on the $65,758.76 that they would pay for the event. Milo inc gave a statement on the issue. “On the advice of our attorney, we had asked the University to amend the contracts for Wheeler and Zellerbach to provide for a partial refund if the University canceled the event,” said a member of the Berkeley Patriot familiar with the situation. “Given the University’s history of canceling conservative events, this was an entirely reasonable request, but they evaded our question for weeks” They also state that the Patriot had responded to all emails received on the topic of free speech week in a matter of minutes, and was never late to any deadline. “It’s quite simple: The University didn’t want the event to happen, but they couldn’t cancel outright, so they needed to make it look like it was our own fault,” said Pranav Jandhyala, News Editor for the Berkeley Patriot. “What we’ve experienced throughout this entire four months has been bureaucratic stonewalling.”
The University then pulled their final trick, and gave the students the finished contract, with a statement that affirmed that UC Berkeley would not be taking any more questions on the contract. They also gave the organizers a deadline, which was a mere 90 minutes after the email was received. Nonetheless, Milo inc wired $65,758.76 to the university. With everything signed and paid for, it looks like Free Speech Week will go on, which is a triumph for free speech lovers everywhere. The only thing that stands in its way is the Antifa whose discorse will take an unbelievable amount of taxpayer dollars, in police assets, to control.
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