Welcome to the University of California Berkeley! We are a diverse community of individuals, each with unique culture, lifestyle, and thoughts. Although there is one thing to note. We don’t really like the idea of free speech, especially when it’s someone who provokes us into getting upset. We’re still learning what the “burden of freedom” means, and we struggle to realize that people are allowed to say offensive words. We tend to lump groups into categories, some would say it’s marginalizing, but if you’re a conservative, we’ll lump you with hate speech.
At Berkeley, when someone makes us mad, instead of ignoring them, we give them a front page article in the news! In fact, come to Berkeley and make us upset, and we’ll make sure you get on the cover of newspapers all over the country. We can even get the president to comment! Isn’t that great? We get a ton of us out in public, and then beat people up. We also shoot fireworks at cops because you know, it’s fun! We’ve to broken a few windows and ATMs. Our loving faculty and the tax-payers will support us until we’ve successfully burned up the entire campus.
Okay, folks, it’s time to cut the crap. Whether you like Milo or not, over the past few weeks there have been riots occurring all over the nation, from Portland to New York. Arrest numbers reached 200+ in DC metro alone. Far-Left extremist groups such as the #DisruptJ20 group have openly stood against peaceful transitions of power. These groups vandalized streets and purposely created riotous situations in some of the nation’s largest metropolitan areas. According to 18 U.S. Code § 2331 – “Domestic Terrorism” is defined as “activities that involve acts dangerous to human life that are a violation of the criminal laws of the United States or of any State; appear to be intended— (i) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population; (ii) to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or (iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination, or kidnapping; and occur primarily within the territorial jurisdiction of the United States.”
While a majority of protests throughout the country have been peaceful, to ignore violence is to empower it. One could infer that the actions which took place at UC Berkeley are an example of an organized effort to undermine the safety of students, faculty, police personnel and others. An act of “domestic terror” to a specific ideological group is never justifiable, regardless of their speech. The trouble with our country for leftists is that the US Constitution allows for “free speech“. This speech is defined through legal precedent as a tenant of America and even Berkeley itself. While “hate speech” exists, and the promotion of hateful speech is a waste of oxygen, it is entirely legal. What isn’t legal is speaking to purposely insight violence or call for violence, or the “yelling fire in a theater” conclusion. When liberals violently riot against people like Milo who are fully within the law, they break it themselves. Riots do not equate to free speech, they equate to mob censorship.
Milo is not a conservative by any means. He does have the right to speak as would anyone, because speech is not a partisan issue. Free speech makes no concessions to who is right and who is wrong. Milo may choose to abuse his right, but he does so legally, and while he should face the repercussions of his antics, it does not involve violence. Berkeley will need to do a lot of damage repair following these events. The damage that spat in the face of Berkeley’s historical support of free speech.