Dear Berkeley, Thank You

Dear Berkeley,

If you had tried to talk to me after the #MiloAtCal event, I don’t think I would have talked to you.

In fact, I’m pretty sure I called you a pile of failing garbage on Twitter. So it’s safe to say I was pretty peeved. I came to Berkeley trying to see a Milo event, and I get blasted for wearing a “Make Bitcoin Great Again” hat. It’s been a couple months since then, and I can’t say things have gotten any better between us, but since you’ve blasted another 100 faces with mace I have found a new perspective on the issue.

I think you have a problem.

Today there are more controversial debates in the streets of Berkeley than in the hall of it’s University. That’s not just hilarious, it’s a very defeating reality for the California University system. UC Berkeley used to be one of the top public universities in the country. Now the only thing the UC system is #1 in, is in donating to the DNC.1

If you had asked me two months ago if I was upset about the political violence in the streets of Berkeley I would have unleashed a 10 minute rant on you. Now I realize your temper and intolerance of alternative viewpoints is more your problem than mine.

When you arbitrarily label people to “legitimize” political violence, we win.

Yvette Felarca is a BAMN organizer at the Milo protests said:

Well, first of all, Milo Yiannopoulos is a fascist. He’s a white supremacist. He’s funded by Steve Bannon and Breitbart. He’s an acolyte of Donald Trump. And he was on the UC-Berkeley campus to try and recruit more fascists, and to wage attacks on Muslim students, immigrant students, women and trans students.

When you censor people, we win.

I enjoy intellectual conversation as much as the next person with an IQ over 110, but this new methodology of banning and shouting people down is much more entertaining, not to mention easier. Before speakers would actually have to write their speeches. Now Ann Coulter just announces where she’s planning on speaking, and she doesn’t even have to show up.

You do know that we can watch her on YouTube right? You’ve turned conservative speeches into a national spectator sport. Universities all over the country are chasing controversial topics to the depths of 4chan, then assigning 4chan as homework.2

To quote Bernie Sanders:

To me, it’s a sign of intellectual weakness. If you can’t ask Ann Coulter in a polite way questions which expose the weakness of her arguments, if all you can do is boo, or shut her down, or prevent her from coming, what does that tell the world?

It tells us you don’t have an argument.

When you lie, we win.

In Berkeley freedom of expression now includes, imminent threats of violence, pepperspray, M80s, and civil war flags. But not Fascists, definitely not fascism. Thank you for reminding the rest of us that freedoms aren’t free, and its a constant battle to preserve them. Thank you for bringing out the silent majority, if it wasn’t for you I might never have heard from them.

I would rather win the war of ideas…

but parties are cool too.

If you manage to shut down our next event, we’ll pray for you at the Latter Day Church of Winning.

Citations

  1. “In fact, its professors and other employees and their families combined to give Barack Obama $1.2 million in the 2012 election cycle, making UC his largest donor.”
  2. University has Class Coursework Making Students Raid Us…