In late April, the Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) chapter at the University of Texas at San Antonio held a tabling event inspired by Steven Crowder’s “Change My Mind” videos. The topic was “Hate Speech is Free Speech,” a sensitive subject on a campus where a white supremacist banner was hung last fall and white supremacist flyers were posted this spring.
No one likes hearing the idiocy spewed by White supremacists. But, really, they do have a right to speak. And, frankly, I say let them talk, their rhetoric exposes them for the trash they are.
The YAF chapter at UTSA responded to this Orwellian measure to suppress free speech by hosting its “Change My Mind” tabling event, generating almost instant controversy.
First, a university staff member immediately approached us about our white board, erroneously claiming that it violated the university’s exhibit policy, and that we had no right to conduct the event because UTSA is a “limited free speech” campus, though the administrator was unable to show us the policy that we allegedly violated.
In other words leftists imposed their “SHUT UP” rule. This rule is used to silence anything except left wing propaganda. But, the students held fast
Then, within the first 10 minutes of our event, an LGBT student group that was tabling nearby called university police in hopes that officers would forcefully terminate our exhibit, though after arriving at the scene, the officers confirmed over radio that YAF was by no means violating UTSA policy.
Mere moments later, the associate dean of students nonetheless requested that we change our language, claiming that it made certain students feel “unsafe.”
How “tolerant” of the lefties
Two hours into the event, activists made another call to the university police, but to their dismay, the officers again concluded that there had been no violation of university policy.
Our experience with campus activists is yet another illustration of how institutional leftism perpetuated by higher education is designed to shame, scorn, and silence both conservative viewpoints and our nation’s founding principles. Instead of engaging in an open dialogue, protesters would rather trot out tired memes on posters and call us white supremacist apologists from afar.
This is how you handle the brown shirt starter kits. Ignore them, never EVER try to appease them.