Ken Berwitz

Following is a short article from KABC, Los Angeles, about conservative writer/author Ben Shapiro\’s attempt to speak at California State University, Los Angeles….in rust, with my comments in blue.

A controversialconservative commentator was escorted by police from California StateUniversity, Los Angeles as angry demonstrators protested his presence on campusThursday afternoon.  “Controversial”?  Is that what KABC, or other media venues, call it when someone at least as much to the left, maybe a lot moreso, speaks at CSULA?  I would bet body parts the answer is no.  Great start, guys.

BenShapiro, editor-in-chief of the Daily Wire and editor-at-large of BreitbartNews, was scheduled to speak at the campus on Thursday.

Butearlier in the week, CSULA President William Covino canceled the event, statinghe wanted to postpone the speech so that speakers with different viewpointscould also talk and allow “the free exchange of ideas.”  Cancel a speech unless the other side can also be heard…as though there is something wrong someone who has a set of views simply presenting them as-is?  Does CSULA ever do this when a left wing speaker comes to the campus?  Does CSULA cancel the event unless a conservative speaker is also brought in?  We both know the answer.

Shapirotook to Twitter to express his anger, and tweeted Wednesday afternoon that heintended to still show up to the campus to give his lecture.  Good for you, Ben.  Put these academic brownshirts, and the cowardly, complicit faculty to shame.

On Thursday, Covino said ifShapiro showed up, CSULA would allow him to speak.  Albeit under extreme duress, mission accomplished so far…but keep reading.

Shapiroarrived at CSULA and was speaking to the campus chapter of Young America\’sFoundation on the topic of “When Diversity Becomes a Problem” when afire alarm was pulled.  Academic brownshirts on parade.  If you can\’t stop him from coming, stop people from hearing what he has to say.

While thesiren was sounding, Shapiro continued his speech, stating he would not besilenced.  Good for you, again, Ben.  You show more courage, and more integrity, than all of these brownshirts put together.

“Ifthis sort of thing happened during classes at this university, the kid whopulled the fire alarm would be off this campus so fast it would make your headspin,” Shapiro said. “But not you out there, the protesters, thespecial magical leftist children protected from the consequences of living inthe real world with my taxpayer dollars. You get to shut us down fordisagreeing with your thug tactics and your nasty, pathetic, evil ideology.”  Truer words were never spoken.

Accordingto tweets by Shapiro, protesters blocked entrances to the University StudentUnion where he was speaking, attempting to obstruct those who wished to attend.Cameras captured shouting and pushing as intense interactions occurred betweenprotesters and those attempting to attend the event.  Anything to stop people from hearing a side of the issue they do not agree with.  Is this a university or an indoctrination facility?  You be the judge.

Afterspeaking for about an hour, Shapiro tweeted he had to be escorted by policefrom the campus for safety concerns. How many other speakers would have subjected themselves to this?  How many other speakers, therefore, will never come to this campus, leaving it the sole province of the left wing thugs who rule so much of higher education in California…and elsewhere.

I wish I could tell you this is untypical of what happens on college campuses around the country, when a speaker who does not provide the accepted (hard left, virulently anti-Israel) party line.  But I can\’t, because it is fully typical – as I\’ve documented in blog after blog.

Academic Brownshirts:  I have to admit it is harder and harder not to remove that second “r”.

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