One day before violent demonstrators on the campus of the University of California, Berkeley forced the cancellation of a speech by Milo Yiannopoulos, the school’s student newspaper published an op-ed inviting students to show up to protest.
“The Berkeley Against Trump coalition, previously known as the Berkeley J20 coalition, invites all solidarity-minded students and other members of the campus community to protest with us against far-right agitator Milo Yiannopoulos on Feb. 1,” the 694-word editorial piece in The Daily Californian begins.
The author of the op-ed is Mukund Rathi, a first-year law student at the UC Berkeley School of Law. The publication date is Jan. 31.
“We will gather at 5 p.m at Sproul and show our unwillingness to allow our campus to be used to spread Yiannopoulous’s vile bigotry at this time when the forces of oppression are ascendant nationally,” Rathi’s pre-riot op-ed helpfully explained. “All those thousands who rallied with us on Sproul Plaza against the inauguration of hater-in-chief Donald Trump on Jan. 20 should join us to continue defending solidarity on our campus.”
“The campus belongs to the students, staff and faculty who run it, and in our numbers we will demonstrate exactly how we will run it,” Rathi’s Daily Californian op-ed declared.
“The culture of free speech” at UC Berkeley should not be a rationale to allow Yiannopoulos to speak on campus in 2017, Rathi wrote, because, back in the 1960s, activists were engaged in the civil rights movement and “taking on the racist hiring practices of California corporations.”
“The Berkeley Against Trump coalition calls…
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