Berkeley Student Paper Publishes Five Op-Eds Defending Violence at Riots
“These were not acts of violence. They were acts of self defense”
It seems the folks at Berkeley don’t understand what the rest of America knows. What happened at the recent riot is completely unacceptable.
UC Berkeley Student Paper Publishes Five Op-Eds Defending Violent Riots
The major student-run paper of UC Berkeley ran five op-eds Tuesday defending the riots on campus, and arguing that violence was an acceptable response to a speech from Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos.
The Daily Californian editorial board published five op-eds from five students and former students, who uniformly believed the riot was justified. Nisa Dang demanded critics “check their privilege” before condemning the riots, blaming the violence on the appearance of the police. “I don’t care what Breitbart article or liberal bullshit listicle you’ve read, or what your experiences in white suburbia might have taught you — police are violent agents of the state.”
Juan Prieto insisted the violence was justified because Yiannopoloulos could have outed illegal immigrant students: “To me, the argument should not revolve just around freedom of speech but also around the hate speech that fails to respect the humanity of undocumented people. This speaker has never provided an insightful look at conservatism nor provided intellectual debate to the arena. He has fabricated a tool to sensationalize himself with while providing a platform for white supremacists to come together.”
“These were not acts of violence. They were acts of self defense,” wrote queer activist and former columnist Neil Lawrence. “And to Yiannopoulos and all your friends who invited you and hosted you and defended your ‘right’ to speak: I recommend you learn your lesson. Our shields are raised against you. No one will protect us? We will protect ourselves.”
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Nisa Dang – “police are violent agents of the state”
Nisa, if you’re ever attacked by someone who believes your ideas are pure organic fertilizer, be sure to call the Campus Snowflake Squad for help. But don’t hold your breath waiting for them to save you.
Juan Prieto – “hate speech that fails to respect the humanity of undocumented people … providing a platform for white supremacists to come together”
Juan, there are two things you should understand. First, what you euphemistically call “undocumented people” are non-citizens who have entered this country illegally; in plain language, illegal aliens who have no right to be here and no right to the benefits of citizens, such as college tuition. Second, Milo Yiannopoulos is not a “white supremacist”, he is in fact a homosexual that actual white supremacists loathe.
Neil Lawrence – “These were not acts of violence. They were acts of self defense.”
Neil – Acts of self defense? Rioting and burning things – other peoples’ things, of course – are acts of self defense against words? If you really believe that someone should find you a nice, quiet safe space where you can play with your Nerf blocks and crayons and the nice people in white coats will make sure you aren’t exposed to any unpleasant truths.
These snowflakes are going to be the adults(??) who will be in charge in a few years?
These editorial authors are likely future appointees to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.