Conservative writer Ben Shapiro's scheduled speech at California State University Los Angeles on Thursday was canceled on Monday by the school's president, Breitbart reports,
but Shapiro says he will be showing up anyway.
The school's Young America’s Foundation chapter, which was sponsoring Shapiro's speech, "When Diversity Becomes a Problem," received an email from university president William Covino on Monday, reading, "After careful consideration, I have decided that it will be best for our campus community if we reschedule Ben Shapiro’s appearance for a later date, so that we can arrange for him to appear as part of a group of speakers with differing viewpoints on diversity. Such an event will better represent our university’s dedication to the free exchange of ideas and the value of considering multiple viewpoints."
The cancellation comes after some professors and students threatened to protest.
Shapiro told Breitbart, where he is a senior editor, that he and YAF will hold the event anyway, and the website noted that the school president "clearly had no problem with the university hosting radical leftists ranging from Dr. Cornel West to Angela Davis and Tim Wise without the need for a conservative counterpoint."
"This event obviously threatens the feelings of the precious snowflakes at the university," Shapiro said. "Tough."
Robby Soave at the libertarian Reason.com writes
that he doesn't agree with Shapiro on all issues, but his assessment of the administration as "fascists" and "jackbooted thugs" is spot on.
The event featuring the "far-left feminist and member of the Communist Party" Davis and activist Wise, "who thinks all white people are, to varying degrees, racist," is still scheduled, just one day before Shapiro's speech – and no conservatives are on the panel to present an opposing view, Soave notes.
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