Friday, September 15, 2017



UC Berkeley faculty members call for boycott of classes during ‘Free Speech Week’

Their fear of conservative ideas is palpable

In a letter addressed to the UC Berkeley campus and the Berkeley community, 76 campus faculty members from various departments have called for a complete boycott of classes and campus activities during “Free Speech Week,” which will be held on campus from Sept. 24-27.

The letter was co-written by seven faculty members, including campus associate teaching professor of African American studies Michael Cohen. It calls upon faculty to take three steps: cancel classes and tell students to stay home; close buildings and departments and allow staff to stay home; and not penalize students who are afraid of coming to campus.

“This is a clear threat to public higher education,” Cohen said. “People are coming to humiliate others and incite violence. … The boycott is a refusal to allow this to happen on our campus.”

According to Cohen, most of the students in his African American Studies 27AC class are students of color. Cohen said he believed that for him to ask his students to be on campus during Free Speech Week was unethical and discriminatory.

Free Speech Week is being hosted by the Berkeley Patriot, a conservative student newspaper. The four-day event includes themes such as “Feminism Awareness Day” and “Mario Savio is Dead.” Speakers scheduled to be on campus include Milo Yiannopoulos and Steve Bannon.

“We’re not afraid of Milo, Ann (Coulter) or Bannon’s words. We have a deep anxiety over the violence that their followers bring in response,” Cohen said. “Chancellor Christ’s idea that we can have these people on campus is a fantasy and a dangerous one.”

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6 comments:

Anonymous said...

“We’re not afraid of Milo, Ann (Coulter) or Bannon’s words. We have a deep anxiety over the violence that their followers bring in response,” Cohen said. “Chancellor Christ’s idea that we can have these people on campus is a fantasy and a dangerous one.”

How do these faculty members keep their jobs when they are so incompetent ?
Why is there such fear of ideas ?
The violence is by the Liberal crowd.

Use the Name, Luke said...

"We have a deep anxiety over the violence that their followers bring in response…"

What a fascinating definition of "followers"! Would that be the people that follow conservative speakers so they can shout them down and beat up anyone that agrees with those speakers?

Use the Name, Luke said...

“Chancellor Christ’s idea that we can have these people on campus is a fantasy and a dangerous one.”

Many of those who actively engage in violence are your own students, genius! Why aren't you calling for them to be expelled from the school?

Bird of Paradise said...

The uggliness liberal true liberalism U.C. Berkeley is a toxtic waste dump that needs to be cleaned up or just plain condemed and demolished

Anonymous said...

Lets just go ahead and hand out diplomas to any student that feels too threatened to go to college. No classes or exams required.

Spurwing Plover the fighting shorebird said...

And give the little snowflakes all good grades so their sensitive little feelings wont be hurt by giving them grades below a C -