Berkeley op-ed: First Amendment rights a state tactic to preserve white supremacy over feelings

Berkeley free speech
UC Berkeley Campus (Wikimedia Commons)

Berkeley free speech
UC Berkeley Campus (Wikimedia Commons)

A rambling screed posted to the Daily Californian by a UC Berkeley transfer student on Monday declared that the First Amendment right to free speech is nothing more than a tactic used by the state to preserve white supremacy.  What should matter more, argued Juniperangelica Xiomara Cordova-Goff, a student senator, are the feelings of so-called marginalized students.

Cordova-Goff wrote:

I am over the debate on this campus between UC Berkeley conservatives and those on the left who still have energy to argue. Free speech has always been a tactic used by the state to grant the illusion that all voices in this nation are valued, yet there is a reason why Black female senators are discredited and why there is a white supremacist in the Oval Office.

Somewhere in all our political discourse, we lost the point. We forgot that the people, the victims, the survivors of state violence we casually discuss are people living the experiences we have the privilege of discussing from a theoretical, omniscient perspective.

I want to say that I do not feel safe on this campus. Living on the streets for six years did not prepare me for the violence of UC Berkeley. But if the violence is real, then our conversations need to be real too — we cannot let free speech become a tactic that asks oppressed people to tolerate their oppressors in hopes of peaceful compromise.

What?

The mammoth 811-word post continues:

I guess I am just at the point where I’ve studied the genocide of my people and am tired of living it today. I do not understand how we can fill the streets demanding justice and then magically separate ourselves from the movement to protect conservative voices who want a soapbox and our death certificates. Am I missing something? If leftists have enough emotional capacity to balance the internal debate of fighting for the oppressed while also protecting the speech of the oppressors, more power to them (literally).

I’m not here for free speech. I’m here for Black lives. I’m here for undocumented lives, queer and trans lives, femme lives, incarcerated lives and poor lives. I am here for the lives Milo Yiannopoulos and Ann Coulter want dead. I am here for the lives Donald Trump wants to ban. I am here for the lives BCR cannot fit in their “socially moderate, fiscally conservative” fantasy.

The Daily Caller added:

Xiomara Cordova-Goff then charges that the time has now come for “a decision in terms of liberation.”

“Are we committed to our peer’s [sic] survival, or are we keeping our heads down and continuing the pursuit of a degree? Are we willing to confront our oppressors head on, or do we want to play respectability politics and support university actions that disregard communities?”

Xiomara Cordova-Goff wraps up his 811-word op-ed by disagreeing that “America is great because of our ability to share perspectives and differing opinions.” That’s “bullshit,” he says.

He says he is “scared” because his “life expectancy as a brown trans femme really is only 35 years old.” He cites no source for this statistic.

Naturally.

Yikes…

According to the Daily Californian, “Juniperangelica is a third-year transfer student studying political science and ethnic studies. She is an incoming ASUC Senator and lead organizer with the Transgender Law Center.”

I’m now officially confused.  Is Cordova-Goff a “he,” a “she,” or one of those 875 other fake pronouns floating around?

One reader of the post noted:

Protect you? From what? Have you been assaulted?

No of course not. You are quite safe. The only thing you have been subjected to are opinions you disapprove of.

Words are words and violence are violence, and the two are not the same. In fact, the freedom to say as we think is a vital component to preventing violence, for if someone is not allowed to support their cause through speech, violence is the only option left to them.

And we’ve certainly seen a lot of that at Berkeley lately…

Here’s what’s really scary.  This is what our liberal education/indoctrination system is producing.  Imagine:  One day, creatures like this will be running the country…

God help us.

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