A lefty now questions them.
"The violence at the UC Berkeley campus Wednesday night which canceled the speech of alt-right provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos is such a debacle for the national opposition to Trump that it almost defies belief," Bob Ostertag, a staffer at UC-Davis, wrote in the Huffington Post.
Bu-bu-but Rule 6. “A good tactic is one your people enjoy.”
An-an-and Rule 8. “Keep the pressure on. Never let up.”
Ostertag pointed out that little happened when Milo spoke at UC-Davis. The result was no news, no publicity. There was a shooting at Milo's next stop at the University of Washington in Seattle, but little media coverage. The next stop was Berkeley.
Anyone following these events could see that UC Berkeley was shaping up to be the mother of all Milo wars. The evening began with several thousand protesters chanting and carrying signs. At both Davis and Seattle, those waiting in line to see Milo outnumbered protesters. But at Berkeley, the protesters were the larger crowd by a wide margin. Then, all at once, maybe 100 or so anarchists, dressed head-to-toe in black, black masks covering their faces and black backpacks on their backs, stepped forward from the crowd with banners saying “Become Ungovernable” and “This Is WAR” and began what can only be described as an assault. They fired commercial-grade fireworks at the police, threw barricades through windows, assaulted people waiting in line (one was pepper-sprayed in the face from close range in the midst of speaking to a TV crew), and more. After the event was canceled, the anarchists broke off from the rest of the protesters and marched through the streets of downtown Berkeley, smashing the windows of banks and corporate chain stores.
He gets his holy grail: a Trump Tweet. At 3:13 a.m. Threatening to cut federal funds for UC Berkeley because the campus could not guarantee freedom of speech.Ostertag recognized that Milo is exploiting the left's own ignorance, intolerance, and sense of entitlement. College campuses are indoctrination centers. And the staffers are incurious intellectually.
In just the same way, I am deeply distressed to have to think and write about whether the garbage that Milo Yiannopoulos spewed at one campus or another is best described as disgusting insult, harassment, or hate speech. But over 100 Berkeley professors signed letters to the chancellor demanding that he cancel the Yiannopoulos speech on the basis of insults he directed at one transgender student while speaking at a campus in Wisconsin. Similar letters were sent by Davis faculty, where I teach. I am part of that faculty senate, so it was my duty to watch the video from Wisconsin to see what actually happened. I discovered that the description of what happened contained in the Berkeley faculty letter turned out to be substantially wrong. I doubt whether many of the faculty who signed these letters even looked at the video or read the transcript.The riots make the left look bad because the left is bad.
You want "garbage spewed at one campus or another that is best described as disgusting insult, harassment, or hate speech"? Attend some of the classes these days.
"White privilege" is not dog whistle code for anti-white racism.
It is an airhorn.
And no, I am not surprised that these knee-jerk professors would not look at a video or read a transcript before condemning a man's words and trying to silence his God-given right to free speech.
Milo is a window into America's college campuses. Normal people are repelled by what they see.
Small wonder Ostertag is worried. Rioting does make the left look bad, as it has since Haymarket Square on May 4, 1886.
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