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Even Liberals Don’t Want to Speak at Berkeley Anymore

Even Liberals Don’t Want to Speak at Berkeley Anymore

“so politically-polarized”

Berkeley was once the birthplace of the free speech movement. How things have changed.

The Washington Examiner reports:

Even liberals don’t want to speak at UC Berkeley

By now, everyone knows that conservative speakers aren’t welcome at the University of California, Berkeley. Throughout 2017, violent riots and contentious cancellations graced television screens across America every time a right-wing figure attempted to exercise their First Amendment right at the former epicenter of the Free Speech Movement.

But what hasn’t gotten so much coverage is how hard it is to get liberal figures to speak at UC Berkeley.

UC Berkeley is so politically-polarized, liberal speakers don’t want to risk the extensive controversy guaranteed by visiting the “Home of the Free Speech Movement.”

Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., recently withdrew her offer to speak at UC Berkeley’s 2018 Spring Commencement ceremony only a few days before the event was slated to occur. Unable to secure a new, notable commencement speaker in such a short span of time, UC Berkeley instead substituted university Chancellor Carol Christ for Sen. Harris, even though Christ had already delivered the keynote address for the 2018 Winter Commencement.


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harleycowboy | May 30, 2018 at 8:44 am

The left cobbled together an entity that they have worked on for years and now….”IT’S ALIVE!!!”

What would Mario Savio say?

“Home of the Free Speech Movement”

What a bizarre conceit.

History didn’t exactly start with Berkeley.

    Haverwilde in reply to tom_swift. | May 30, 2018 at 1:35 pm

    Tom, True, free speech was a part of the revolutionary movement in the Western World, well before the 1960s in Berkeley. But….

    During my stay in Berkeley in the 1960s and early 70s, the “Free Speech Movement” was riotous force and some times quite revolting. It is hard to believe the Free-love, Free-speech, anti-establishment cadre of activists have morphed into the anti-free-speech Establishment Cadre of today.