UC Berkeley declares itself unsafe for Ann Coulter

Source: The Atlantic
by Conor Friedersdorf

"[Ann Coulter's] critics would have done well to deny her attention by treating her scheduled appearance with the ambivalent yawn every provocateur most dreads. Instead, they began playing into her hands, situating her appearance in a paradigm where free speech is cast as being in conflict with anti-racism — a wrongheaded frame anathema to civil-rights heroes and marginalized protesters the world over. It guarantees either that bigots like Coulter will be seen by many as occupying a moral high ground, or that free speech will suffer, hitting marginalized groups hardest in the end. Issuing violent threats was, for the left, the most counterproductive of all courses. It generated just the sort of attention Coulter thrives on. And it is remaking Berkeley into a place where the illiberal right can reliably bait the illiberal left into raising their profile." (04/20/17)

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/04/uc-berkeley-declares-itself-unsafe-for-ann-coulter/523668/

  • dL

    And it is remaking Berkeley into a place where the illiberal right can reliably bait the illiberal left into raising their profile.

    I agree. Probably why UC Berkeley rethought the matter and ended up rescheduling Coulter, which Coulter has since rejected on the grounds:

    she refused “to pay the hundreds of thousands of dollars in rescheduled, rebooked hotel rooms, flights for me, my security, my guests.”

    Amazing Coulter isn't bankrupt. Her nut on speaking engagements appears to be a 1/2 mil, but she is only charging 25K-50K per engagement.