When Ben Shapiro recently spoke at U.C. Berkley, it cost $600,000 to provide enough security to keep the campus from descending into a violent protest.
Those who did come out to protest were not allowed to wear masks, which went a long way to curbing Antifa’s involvement. The protest remained peaceful. But one of the chants protesters repeated again and again, should give you pause.
“Speech is violent. We won’t be silent.” Think about that… speech is violent.
That’s a belief that’s being adopted by so many on campuses across the country.
It’s insidious. If speech constitutes violence, then it doesn’t take too much of a logical leap to argue that it becomes acceptable to respond with actual physical violence. After all, that’s just self-defense.
If speech constitutes violence, then it cannot be legally protected because our country does not allow one citizen to initiate violence against another.
They are laying the groundwork to undo the First Amendment. Who do I mean by they? Leftist elitists and entrenched politicians for the most part.
They’re succeeding, too.
In a survey study of college students, researchers out of the Brookings Institution found some alarming trends.
Let’s take a look:
44% believe that “hate speech” is not protected by the First Amendment.
51% agree is acceptable to shout down a speaker they do not like to prevent their message from reaching anyone who came to listen.
19% believe it is acceptable to use violence to prevent an objectionable speaker from speaking.
53% believe a college has a responsibility to “create a positive learning environment for all students by prohibiting certain speech or expression of viewpoints that are offensive or biased against certain groups of people.”
All of these statistics are frightening. It’s like seeing the erosion of free speech in real time. But really think about that third bullet. One in five of college-age adults believe if you say something they find offensive that they are justified to retaliate with violence.
These are our future leaders, folks. We’re facing dangerous times ahead.