Read Casey Mattox’s great take on the anti-Milo Yiannopoulos riots at Cal-Berkeley the past week:
On the campus of the University of California at Berkeley is a monument to student free speech. It commemorates the Free Speech Movement that began at Berkeley in the 1960s. It should be moved.
On February 1 on that campus, a mob pepper-sprayed a woman, injured six people, started fires, and destroyed buildings and businesses on Berkeley’s campus, all to prevent a speaker* from speaking at the birthplace of the free speech movement. Sadly, while they may be embarrassed about how it happened, “[m]ost UC Berkeley students who spoke with CNN said they were relieved that [the speaker] wasn’t able to speak.”
In the wake of these events, the school’s monument to free speech doesn’t belong there anymore. It would be more fitting on a campus that truly respects free speech. But is there such a place?