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Hayden Williams, Victim in UC Berkeley Attack, Speaks Out in Op-Ed

Hayden Williams, Victim in UC Berkeley Attack, Speaks Out in Op-Ed

“Free speech is under attack.”

Williams has become a symbol of the assault on free speech on college campuses. He is using his experience to shine a spotlight on this problem.

He writes at USA Today:

I was assaulted at Berkeley because I’m conservative. Free speech is under attack.

The past two weeks have been surreal. On Feb. 19, while recruiting conservative students on campus at the University of California-Berkeley, I was assaulted by a violent leftist. A little more than a week later, I got to shake hands with the president of the United States and address an audience at the Conservative Political Action Conference about why it’s more important than ever to protect free speech on our college campuses.

As a field representative for the Leadership Institute, I travel to campuses throughout California helping conservative clubs recruit and train new members. I’ve seen the intolerance and hate toward conservatives on our campuses with my own eyes, and the only difference between what happened to me on Feb. 19 and every other day is that the event was caught on video.

Conservative students across the country have suffered verbal and physical assault, social ostracism and even academic persecution for voicing their opinions on political topics. This is because young liberals believe that they are on the morally righteous side in a culture war and, in order to win, they must silence any form of dissent. Leftists and the progressives aspire to nothing less than to make it de facto impossible to be conservative in public.

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I disagree. When someone gives you a black eye, it’s not your right to speak he’s attacking. It’s YOU.

State the problem correctly: Conservatives are under attack.

WallyWorldorBust | March 7, 2019 at 11:21 am

“First they came for the tradesmen and I said nothing for I was not a tradesman”…..Some of you may know the rest.
History forgotten is history repeated.