While appearing on Thursday’s edition of CNN’s Situation Room, W. Kamau Bell, host of United Shades of America, claimed that Berkeley was right to silence conservative speeches, telling Wolf Blitzer that safety is more important than freedom of speech.
“That’s not about free speech,” Bell said, admitting that he lives in what he called the “People’s Republic” of Berkeley. “The reason why people’s speeches are being canceled is because it’s a safety issue. If your free speech leads to hate speech, and it makes people feel unsafe, then universities have the right to protect the kids on campus.”
But the far-left ACLU would disagree, the Daily Caller said.
The heckler’s veto of Coulter's Berkeley speech is a loss for the 1st Amendment. We must protect speech on campus, even when hateful.
— ACLU (@ACLU) April 26, 2017
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The Daily Caller added:
Interestingly enough, Bell had boasted previously in his interview of the “uncomfortable” discussions he’s had on his show and advised Americans to listen to different points of view.
“I think we’re not doing enough of listening to people and to talking to each other and getting engaged in these uncomfortable conversations… and listen to people who we may think think differently than us but a lot of times we find out they’re more like us than we realize,” he said.
Here’s video of his comment:
Although Coulter’s speech was cancelled, protests broke out at Berkeley anyway, with six arrests and reports of feces being thrown by Antifa thugs.
- At least six arrested at Berkeley, reports claim Antifa threw feces at conservatives
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- Coulter backers file lawsuit against UC Berkeley
- Director Judd Apatow on violent Berkeley riots: ‘This is just the beginning’
- Tolerance, liberal style: Violent leftists chase, beat man unconscious at Berkeley riot — Video
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