Plenty of people will argue that the First Amendment is a wonderful thing. Diversity of opinion. Government subsidies of crucifixes in jars of urine.
But just wait until you try and object to the majority view of the people in power in a particular locale. Liberals like to beat us over the head about the McCarthy era. *What’s the harm in a bunch of academics, actors, and bureaucrats signing up for The Communist Party?*
To this very day, North Carolina liberals celebrate the 1968 fall of the speaker ban on UNC campuses. *It’s just not right to deny alternative points of view to our young skulls full of mush.*
Just the other day, UNC Chancellor Carol Folt shut down a proposed speech by someone named Richard Spencer — who reportedly was involved in the recent unpleasantness in Charlottesville:
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill denied a request by white nationalist Richard Spencer to speak on campus, the latest public university to turn down his National Policy Institute after violence at the University of Virginia.
Earlier this month, Spencer led hundreds of torch-carrying white nationalists and white supremacists on a march through U-Va.’s campus in Charlottesville, where they shouted slurs and racist chants and scuffled with a small group of counterprotesters. The next day, at a separate rally to which Spencer had been invited, the conflict turned deadly. A woman was killed and many were injured when a driver rammed a car into a crowd of counterprotesters. Two police officers died when their helicopter crashed.
Since then, several public universities have denied Spencer’s request to speak on campus, saying they are committed to free speech but are worried that such an event would pose an imminent threat to campus safety.
Banning events from campus out of fear that the leftists might riot? How dangerous is THAT?
I had never heard of Spencer until the run-up to Charlottesville. I noticed some mocking of him on Twitter a few days before things blew up on the Virginia campus.
(I do know he didn’t cause that mayhem all by himself, though.)
[…]“I am deeply saddened and disturbed that the violent and virulent rhetoric being espoused by extremist groups has jeopardized the ability of campuses to promote robust dialogue and debate about important issues while ensuring public safety,” said Carol L. Folt, UNC’s chancellor.
Spencer did not immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday, but when asked about a similar decision last week, he said public universities were on shaky legal ground when they use a “heckler’s veto,” citing safety concerns to suppress free speech. He has also said universities are places for challenging ideas and national conversations.[…]
So — if people aren’t likely to riot against you — you’re OK to meet and speak on campus? There goes the UNC Board of Governors. Remember the time leftists stormed and shut down an on-campus meeting of that august body?
That is not the only example of lefty speech police clamping down on conservatives at Carolina. They shouted down and shut down speeches by conservative immigration critics Virgil Goode and Tom Tancredo. The UNC College Republicans got their speaker budget cut by 75 percent and the liberal mob bent over backwards to block a speech by Ann Coulter.
I hate that Carol Folt and her goons have me on the same side of a debate as this Spencer clown. But, in this case, he’s right.
Universities ARE supposed to be the #1 place for the peaceful, free exchange of thoughts and ideas. Let the guy speak. He may have two people show up. He may have 200 in the audience. Let the guy defend his views in debate with students.
It is the job of Carol Folt, the UNC authorities, Roy Cooper and the state of North Carolina to do the utmost to protect the safety of all visitors, residents, employees, and students of the state’s campuses.
It doesn’t say much for leftists that their #1 response to someone they disagree with is to break stuff and fight.
It’s a proven fact that College Republicans are less likely to riot than the Bernie Sanders fan club or Antifa are. Carol and her comrades are taking the “easy” route by only allowing folks who don’t stir Antifa’s juices. That “easy” route evokes some frightening possibilities for the future of this state and country.