The uncivil left on campuses
How does one reconcile the Left's preaching of civility with its penchant for bigotry?The left in this country can't handle hearing opposing views. "Shut up" they argue. Physical assault by leftists is far too rampant on campuses. Antifa has become the Brownshirts of Liberal Fascism. It should be treated as a terrorist organization.
If there is one topic that the Left loves to talk about, it is tolerance, particularly on college campuses. However, in the real world, this topic is not leftists' strong suit. In reality, the Left has proven that it cares little about civility, especially on college campuses. It is the conservatives on campus who are pleading for their First Amendment rights and simply asking to be left alone.
Intolerance against conservatives has been on the rise over the past three years. The dedicated students of U.C. Berkeley proved time and time again in 2017 and beyond that there is no place for Republicans or conservatives on their campus. Antifa members on multiple occasions disrupted peaceful right-wing rallies by hurling offensive epithets, making threats of violence, and using actual violence to achieve their goal of stifling free speech.
Across the nation, right-leaning commentators from Milo Yiannopoulos toDinesh D'Souza to Ben Shapiro have had their speech stifled with little to no repercussions for the so-called "protesters." Only last month, a U.C. Berkeley student by the name of Hayden Williams was verbally and physically assaulted while attempting to recruit members for Turning Point USA. This all occurred while a U.C. Berkeley employee reportedly watched the abuse with glee. And last week, at Portland State College, a "protester" disrupted a College Republicans meeting by ringing a cowbell and obstructing visual aids.
These occurrences serve as only a sampling of the injustices campus conservatives have received at the hands of the always tolerant Left. The ideological double standard is real.
Across the nation, public and private universities alike preach the morality of tolerance, diversity, and inclusion. Nevertheless, these same universities and their student bodies are the worst perpetrators of bigotry. If a liberal student were publicly assaulted on campus, the academic world would still be filled with righteous fervor against the culprit. If a popular liberal commentator suffered any form of injustice on campus, the mainstream media would release a bevy of thought pieces condemning the fanaticism of right-wing students. To this day, universities and leftists alike stand upon their moral high ground and seek to condemn the "intolerance" of anything resembling a Republican idea. In reality, the moral high ground of the Left is nothing but a façade covering up the stifling of conservative thought and expression.