The president of Cal State, Los Angeles cancelled a talk by Ben Shapiro. Shapiro, you may know, is sort of a conservative antagonist. He’s bright but he’s brash and, well, conservative.....so his presence on a campus disrupts the natural utopia that already exists.
It appears that the typical group of faculty and students got upset, took to social media, and created a climate of intense victimhood. Shapiro, they argued, dismisses BLM, makes people uncomfortable, and belittles minorities. For these sins, he had to be banned.
Of course the president is a tad bit smarter than the professional crybabies. In his response to the student group who sponsored Shapiro’s talk, the president stated that he wanted to bring more people into the conversation with Shapiro so that “diversity” could be more thoughtfully discussed. Yes, the president wanted others to present with Shapiro so they could presumably defend Cal State’s diversity efforts.
I guess the president thinks he figured out a clever way to appease all the crybabies at the same time he allows Shapiro a forum. Hey, I’m all for the idea of a debate and always presenting opposing views and I’ll support that idea as soon as I see a panel on diversity include opposing views or as soon as I see a BLM panel be forced to include opposing views. I’m sure that will happen soon.
Just in case you believe all of these instances of banning conservatives from campus are a fluke, you should understand that our current crop of college students believe in censorship. A recent poll from Pew, shown below, finds that millennials are favorably predisposed to believe that government should be able to prevent people from saying things that might be critical of minorities.
Let’s get real: A handful of quasi-scholars have created a climate of intolerance and way too many campus administrators are afraid of them. More faculty need to speak up to counter this cancer or it will, surely, destroy us all.
John Paul Wright and Matt DeLisi
Professors of Crime and Criminology