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Cal Poly Profs Pressure School President to Stop Milo Yiannopoulos Visit

Cal Poly Profs Pressure School President to Stop Milo Yiannopoulos Visit

“dishonors our roles as instructors and human beings”

The president of Cal Poly is allowing the Milo visit due to a commitment to free speech but some professors have a problem with that.

Campus Reform reports:

Cal Poly profs pressure prez to abandon free speech commitment

Two professors are urging California Polytechnic State University’s president to prevent Milo Yiannopoulos from speaking on campus Tuesday despite Armstrong’s statement unequivocally supporting free speech.

The letter, which was written by professors Michael Costello and Neil McDougall and forwarded to members of the California Faculty Association (CFA), urges President Jeffrey Armstrong to “announce that a talk by Mr. Yiannopoulos does not further the intellectual discussion of diversity and inclusivity.”

“We believe that it will show strong leadership to speak out against the the visit by Mr. Yiannopoulos, a man who does not show the intellectual values we cultivate at Cal Poly,” asserts the letter, a copy of which was obtained by Campus Reform. “Allowing the hate speech under the mantle of free speech dishonors our roles as instructors and human beings.”

Just last week, however, Armstrong sent a memo to the university community affirming Milo’s right to speak despite Armstrong’s apparent distaste for the commentator’s views.


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Let them go and then line up the Q & A, if they dare.

Cal Poly Pomona, or San Luis Obispo?

I’ve worked or consulted at many colleges and universities, and I’ve always found that “hate speech” is defined as any kind of thinking that the people in power hate. Since the people in power are usually far leftists, they often brand as “hate speech” talks by thoughtful people like Thomas Sowell and George Will.

I am reminded of a statement by Thomas Sowell that sums up any attempts to bring balance to a university discussion: “It is usually futile to try to talk facts and analysis to people who are enjoying a sense of moral superiority in their ignorance.”

Yet another school that doesn’t need its federal funding!