The following excerpt is from an article that originally appeared on Hit and Run Reason
The University of California-Berkeley cancelled conservative author Ann Coulter’s upcoming speech on grounds that the police could not guarantee her safety—a damaging blow to free speech on campus.
Administrators want to reschedule the event; the Young Americans for Freedom, who invited Coulter in the first place, have vowed to proceed as planned.
Conservative students have good reason to continue with the event anyway, although one can hardly blame administrators, at this point, for being concerned. Berkeley has played host to increasing levels of mob violence as a result of invitations to controversial speakers like Coulter and Milo Yiannopoulos. Blame here rests solely on the shoulders of the people promising violence in response to speech they oppose.
Student activists and local Berkeley leftists don’t want Coulter, who has a history of making vile statements, to bring her right-wing shtick to campus. And of course, they have the right to objectpost was originally published on this site