In completely predictable fashion, University of California, Berkeley students are responding to the anticipated event “Conservative Women in Media Panel,” by tearing down flyers. The event hosted by the Berkeley College Republicans is scheduled for February 15th and includes a panel of three conservative women: Kassy Dillon, Antonia Okafor, and Allie Stuckey.
The Berkeley College Republicans, headed by Lone Conservative’s own Bradley Devlin, have been in high gear preparing for the event and advertising. Devlin issued a statement on behalf of the BCR’s:
“I am deeply disappointed in the behavior of intolerant organizations on campus. This type of intellectual bigotry happens on campus routinely, and the Berkeley College Republicans will continue to condemn the immoral destruction of other’s property, but fight for their right to engage us in debate. That is precisely the point of advertising events like the Conservative Women in Media Panel, to help our student body engage in dialogue with a viewpoint that is in the intellectual minority.”
It comes as a surprise to absolutely no one that leftist Berkeley students are not excited for an event offering conservative viewpoints from established conservative women, and are already making efforts to shut down and dissuade students from attending the event.
Flyers and posters advertising the event were torn down, removed, damaged, or completely covered up by “anti-racist” flyers distributed by the Berkeley chapter of the International Socialist Organization (ISO). This is certainly not out of line from leftist reactionaries on Berkeley’s campus. That conservative flyers cannot be expected to stay up on a public university such as Berkeley for any longer than a day without being defamed is a testament to the continual free speech crisis at Berkeley.
This incident raises questions about how Berkeley students will respond to the actual event on the 15th. If Berkeley students are so intimidated and terrified by the words that simple posters are displaying, who knows how students will react when conservative women actually start speaking about conservative ideas. Those on the right at Berkeley shouldn’t be worried, however, as conservative events have been generally successful at the University. Recently, Berkeley College Republican’s hosted Ben Shapiro, in coordination with the Young America’s Foundation in September of 2017, followed by victories in court and support of the First Amendment from the DOJ.