Goons, Goblins, the Alt Right, and Antifa Oh My!
The CSUF Republicans have invited controversial conservative pundit Milo Yiannopoulos to speak on campus Halloween evening, creating quite a bit of anxiety for CSU educrats, liberal activists and local police.
Why? Here’s what happened when Yiannopoulos tried to speak at UC Berkley earlier this year:
That’s a lot of potential chaos for Fullerton, and local agencies seem to be planning for the worst case scenario. Nearby Acacia Elementary School has announced that it will be sending kids home early that day. Some CSUF students have said they are afraid to go to school. The Fullerton Police Department is working with “local, state and federal law-enforcement agencies” to plan security for the event.
Perhaps stoking the flames, student and faculty groups have denounced the event and called for the school to prevent Yiannopoulos from speaking. These efforts seem to embolden Yiannopoulos’ followers, driving media attention leading up to the event and reinforcing his assertion that conservatives’ right to free speech on campus is being threatened.
Anyway, here’s hoping that Fullerton residents won’t have to rely on the FPD’s finesse in tactfully de-escalating a Halloween riot.
20 Replies to “Goons, Goblins, the Alt Right, and Antifa Oh My!”
“Show me on this doll where the bad speaker hurt you.”
Come on people. Calm down.
The event is sold out already, with at least 700 tickets sold. He wouldn’t have sold all those tickets if it weren’t for Mildred and company trying to figure out how to ban him.
Millie ain’t worried. She will be hiding out in her mansion.
Can’t wait to bust out my Manny Ramos costume for all these degenerate protestors. Fake mustache and latex gloves, only $0.99!
I’m not worried. Outside agitators can’t afford to pay CSUF’s parking fees.
Yeah but they can afford the parking fees in my neighborhood right next door.
Come to the counter-protest at the Unity Block Party!
Speakers and participants include:
Democratic Socialist Party
Campus Anti-Fascist Network & Redneck Revolt
2-8 PM October 31 on the CSUF campus quad.
Dear Campus Community:
Over the past several months, Cal State Fullerton has been preparing for an event that underscores a reality that many colleges and universities face: we have become a target of those who fear the changing face of our nation and hope to disrupt our progress as engines of opportunity through messages of hate and intolerance. As you likely know, an individual who has espoused such views in the past, Milo Yiannopoulos, was invited by one of our registered student groups to appear at Cal State Fullerton on October 31, 2017.
As a public university, we have been clear about where we stand when it comes to hate and intolerance, and I will now leave zero ambiguity as to where I hope we will stand on October 31st and every day thereafter: Together. As a tight-knit family of Titans, we have always reached out to each other and our diverse communities to lead the nation from the right side of history, and we will now reach even higher so that all Titans — especially those who are disproportionately impacted by discrimination, inequality, and bias — know they are welcomed, loved, and supported.
As I stated in my welcome back letter to the campus community back in August, the University has always been — and must always be — a marketplace of ideas in which diverse perspectives from all sides of every issue are explored, even when those ideas contrast the tenets of equity and inclusion we stand for. As you all know, the First Amendment has been integral to the very advancements in civil rights and social justice that may come under attack at this event, underscoring the fundamental reason the right to free speech is enshrined in our nation’s constitution: if it is taken from one, it can be taken from all, including those whose message aligns with the values of equality, love, and tolerance that we, as a nation and University, aim to uphold.
You will soon receive a follow-up email outlining campus areas that may be impacted by the prudent safety measures we are taking for this event and alternate routes that could mitigate potential disruptions. We also created a free speech website that answers many common questions on the First Amendment, but the value of free speech notwithstanding, the law is clear: With the exception of extremely rare cases where law enforcement personnel make a definitive conclusion — based on evidence — that there are credible safety concerns, it is unlawful for a public university to cancel such an event or disinvite the speaker based on the content of their speech. For months, our University Police have been preparing for this event, and at no time have they come to such a conclusion, meaning a cancellation would subject the campus to an indefensible legal challenge.
We can, however, ignore this or any other event that may advocate hatred in the form of speech or dialogue. In doing so, we deprive those who espouse such messages of the very thing they crave most: a visceral reaction and the national publicity that comes with it. That is not to say we don’t encourage and value difficult conversations; on the contrary, they are fundamental to our mission. However, those who veer from the mutually respectful path of civil discourse in “triggers” and personal attacks do not seek beneficial dialogue; they seek a reaction. By simply ignoring them and their events, we eliminate any power they hope to have over us.
It is also within our rights to respond to hateful, divisive speech with speech on equity and inclusion, and to challenge speakers that attack marginalized groups with events that promote the strength of multicultural perspectives and a diverse community. Indeed, now more than ever, we must role-model the behavior we want to see in our community with a courageous, unified voice that announces our unwavering commitment to a safe, diverse, and inclusive academic environment in which discriminatory or violent acts are never tolerated.
That is not only who we are, it is our greatest strength, and as we face the challenges ahead, it will empower our ongoing ascension toward becoming the model public comprehensive university of the nation.
It makes sense that CSUF students would need a special website to explain the U.S. Constitution to them.
How much did that cost?
Este video no está en espanol?
Not sure if I’ve ever seen any statement as blatantly racist as this. Wow!
Mildred, you really should round out the program and bring a bunch of Isreali soldier scum in uniform to intimidate the arab, LGBT, latino, black and SJP students. Then you can be just like UC Irvine.
I’m sorry i didn’t mean to say arab. That would be anti Semitic.
Hopefully you all will be there to help with the rioters and place them under citizens arrest. Show those officers you can do a better job than them!
Give me their $215,000 salary package and we’ll talk.
For all those students who learned moral outrage in their intro to political science class at CSUF, they should know US Constitution protects free speech. The only violence experienced at this speech will be from the liberal-left who will threaten and attack those with conservative political views. The liberal-left resembles fascism seen in Germany and Italy during the 1920’s to 1940’s. What will the liberal-left do after this speech? Burn books with politically conservative opinions.
Your Grandma, never too late to “sack up” and earn your salary package. Pussy.
Your grandma has a sack?
Enjoy your overtime babysitting all those special people!
What a completely ginned up crisis. The winners? Cops on overtime.