The University of Berkeley Campus lit up in self-righteous indignation recently as protesters made it known that they disagreed with the scheduled talk by Milo Yiannopoulos. Violent protests actually shut down Milo’s talk and security had to get him and his crew safely away as there were threats of possible bodily harm. You have to wonder exactly what these student ‘intelligentsia were, in reality, protesting and how would Milo Yiannopoulos’ talk deny them of any personal rights.
According to the United States First Amendment to the Constitution, we are allowed:
1. Freedom of speech which means the right to give a talk on just about any subject without threat of violence or being shut down.
2. We have a right to peaceably assemble which is what Milo and his audience were attempting to do in a civilized manner.
Basically, in all things except physical or character harm to another, Milo’s talk should have been able to proceed as planned. If you follow the news, this did not happen and the Berkeley Campus was battered, burned, and property destroyed even after the talk was cancelled. The University of California Berkeley – the site of the student Free Speech Movement of the 1960’s protested free speech. Whatever strength the Berkeley students might have evidenced in the 1960’s was certainly watered down to nothing during their rabid protest against another person’s right to speak and fellow students to listen.
Along with the First Amendment rights so blatantly disregarded on the Berkeley Campus, many other personal rights were ignored.
There were no arrests during the protest even as property was damaged and well-being of others threatened. Don’t people have an unbiased right to police protection?
Freedom from bodily harm was threatened. There is video of a young woman who was attacked and sprayed with pepper spray because she supported the President of the United States. Isn’t she allowed to support the standing President of the United States? What right does someone have to hurt another person because they disagree with them?
What about the people who wished to listen to Milo Yiannopoulos’ talk? Doesn’t every citizen have a right to do so without threat?
What about the administration of the college? Parents who send their children to college do expect there to be some element of safety there.
Strange, too, that so many protesters aka rioters appeared so quickly and with so much organization. It’s almost like they had been paid to do it . . Of course, that could have been determined early on if the police had started making arrests and checking student ID cards.
If you stop to think about the situation, it might be a civil liberties case needed to rectify the Berkeley problem. We do have the First Amendment but everyone has civil rights guaranteed to them, too.