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September 18, 2017

Free Speech Week Risks 'Mental Safety' Of Berkeley Snowflakes, Campus Faculty Claims

- UC Berkeley Faculty And Students Demand Classes Be Cancelled, Campus Buildings Be Closed, Staff And Students Be Allowed To Stay Home


By Susan Duclos - All News PipeLine

In an attempt to circumvent and prevent "Free Speech Week" from occurring, organized by The Berkeley Patriot group scheduled for September 24th through the 27th, University of California, Berkeley officials are claiming the group has "missed deadlines" to confirm the use of campus facilities, despite multiple attempts on the part of the group to communicate with campus officials, who have refused to respond to those attempts to the point of "running away" when the group physically attempted to meet with campus officials.

As is explained below by Milo Yiannopoulos and some of The Berkeley Patriot members, with visual evidence of their attempts at communicating with campus officials that have been completely ignored, the university is attempting to use bureaucracy as a way to prevent Free Speech Week, since they cannot just disallow the invited speakers which include Milo, former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, Conservative pundit and author Ann Coulter, and a large and diverse list of other conservative speakers, from attending.

Beneath the video, we will go over the Berkeley Snowflakes Plan B, via a letter by 170 faculty members and graduate students at Berkeley, where if the underhanded attempts shown below to get the event cancelled, do not succeed, they want to "boycott the alt-right," by insisting classes be cancelled, campus buildings be closed, and staff and students be allowed to stay home because free speech threatens their "physical and mental safety."

Normally a "boycott" would simply mean those not interested in hearing the speakers that have been invited, just won't attend the lectures which would be held inside one of the campus buildings, but instead the "open letter" by the faculty and graduate students, demands a boycott of the entire campus, while offering some very dishonest and misleading justifications.

For example, in the open letter we see a reference to an event that was to be held in February 2017:

We recognize that as a public institution, we are legally bound by the Constitution to allow all viewpoints on campus. However, there are forms of speech that are not protected under the First Amendment. These include speech that presents imminent physical danger and speech that disrupts the university’s mission to educate. Milo, Coulter and Bannon do not come to educate; they and their followers come to humiliate and incite. If the administration insists upon allowing the Alt-Right to occupy the center of our campus for four days to harass, threaten and intimidate us, as they did during Milo’s visit in February, then faculty cannot teach, staff cannot work and students cannot learn.

(UC Berkeley, February 2017 - Antifa riots)

The event in February they are referencing was one where Milo Yiannopoulos had been invited to speak, but ended up being cancelled after Antifa members showed up dressed in black, wearing masks and carrying weapons, then started rioting and fire bombing buildings and smashing windows, costing the university over $100,00 in damage.

This is not opinion, it is fact as video after video and image after image like the one above, went viral as the rioting was happening.

From the visual proof shown above, it is not the Berkeley Snowflakes that were harassed, threatened and intimidated, it was the event organizers, the students that wanted to attend the Milo lecture and Milo himself.

Another portion of the letter states:

Therefore, as faculty committed to the safety of our students and our campus, we are calling for a complete boycott of all classes and campus activities while these Alt-Right events are taking place at the very center of UC Berkeley’s campus. As faculty we cannot ask students and staff to choose between risking their physical and mental safety in order to attend class or come to work in an environment of harassment, intimidation, violence, and militarized policing. The reality is that particularly vulnerable populations (DACA students, non-white, gender queer, Muslims, disabled, feminists, and others) have already been harmed, and are reporting increased levels of fear and anxiety about the upcoming events, the increased police presence on our campus, and how all this will impact their lives and their studies.

Once again the faculty members who wrote this letter attempt to blame the "alt-right" for the harassment, intimidation and threats that, in reality, have come from groups attempting to "shut down" conservative free speech events, by claiming that attending classes, while those big bad conservatives are inside of another building speaking to students that want to hear them, risks their "physical and mental safety."

Newflash for the Berkeley Snowflakes- If students that are not being asked to listen to the conservative speakers and do not have to attend any of the four-day long lectures during Free Speech Week, are feeling "increased levels of fear and anxiety, or that their "mental safety" is at risk because others are attending the event, they should seek psychiatric help.... fast.

Berkeley recently spent $600,000 in security measures for a speech on Thursday by conservative pundit Ben Shapiro, where they cordoned off whole sections of the campus, reversed a 1997 ban on law enforcement using pepper spray, and prevented anyone from entering the area with weapons and wearing masks. While nine people were arrested, some attempting to brings weapons in, the event remained largely peaceful.

If the Berkeley Snowflakes want to complain about the campus having to be "militarized" in order to facilitate free speech, they should look to those that come to campus to terrorize and riot, rather than blaming the conservatives that are only there to speak to students that want to attend their speeches.

In February, black-clad Antifa protesters vandalized university buildings and started fires to prevent Yiannopoulos from giving a speech on campus. The violence forced the cancellation of his speech. In April, Coulter cancelled a speech at the school after the Young America’s Foundation pulled its support for the event amid threats of violence.

Then in August, a group of around 100 hooded members of Antifa stormed what had been a largely peaceful Berkeley rally for free speech and attacked at least five people, including the leader of a politically conservative group that had canceled an event a day earlier in San Francisco to avoid potential violence.

Here are the list of 3 actions the Berkeley Snowflakes want the school to take during Free Speech Week:

1. Cancel classes and tell students to stay home. A boycott of classes affirms that our fundamental responsibility as faculty is to protect the safety and well being of all our students. While we understand the argument that canceling classes might be seen as a penalty to students who want to learn--by holding class when some students CAN NOT attend by virtue of their DACA status and the imminent threat that these campus events hold, faculty who DO hold classes are disadvantaging DACA students and others who will feel threatened by being on campus.

2. Close buildings, close departments and let staff stay home. If the campus is unsafe for student learning then it is unsafe for staff members to work. We should work with campus maintenance and building managers to close as many departments and buildings as possible, starting with those in the immediate vicinity of Sproul Plaza. No one should be forced to work surrounded by men with clubs, police with guns and the sting of teargas.

3. Faculty who decide to hold class during this week, in the face of these explicit threats, should not penalize students who are afraid to come to campus. It is unfair and discriminatory for faculty to schedule exams or require attendance during this week. Such an expectation forces students to choose between their physical safety, their mental well being, and a grade. Consider making a video lecture available, give the students a take-home assignment, or creating another alternative class plan. If you decide you must hold class, please do it away from campus, away from the Telegraph Avenue point of campus entry, and away from Downtown.

RelatedFull speaker list released for ‘Free Speech Week’ at UC Berkeley



The reason the snowflake students of colleges around the country these days need coloring books and play doh to play with in their "safe spaces" in order to avoid any opinion or thought they do not agree with, is because the faculty is full of a bunch of snowflakes itself, as the letter above clearly indicates.

The whole lot of them should be sucking on Prozac dipped binkies and wearing adult diapers if the idea of someone, somewhere else, out of their hearing range practicing their guaranteed right to free speech, is so upsetting they claim it risks their "mental health," and they are feeling "increased anxiety" over it.

Things have gotten past the point of absurd when so-called educators want to close down a whole campus because somewhere else on campus someone is talking about things they don't like.

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