[CONTENT NOTE: violent bigotry. lots of it.]
I am ashamed to report to readers that The Washington Post lured me into a time-wasting, life-sucking vortex with a clickbait headline:
I invited Ann Coulter to speak at UC Berkeley. Here’s why.
My group doesn’t agree with her, but we believe in free speech.
Ugh why. Because I AM WEAK, people, that’s why. Coulter’s appearance at Berkeley is not even happening, and yet still I could not just let this shit stand. The gist is that the writer, some 19-year-old UC Berkeley freshman d00d named Pranav Jandhyala, is a man on a mission: freeze peaches for everyone! Civil dialogues! Respectful discussions! We just need to better understaaaand the viewpoints of our adversaries! We can alleviate all this icky polarization, but only if we come to the table to taaaaaaaalk! Bridge the terrible political divide at UC Berkeley!
Needless to say, everything is wrong with this article. Every. Thing. For instance, let us solemnly contemplate for a moment this “political divide” at UC Berkeley that Jandhyala and his “BridgeCal” student organization wish to bridge.
Point the first: Since the Milo Yiannopoulos shitshow on February 1, the Berkeley College Republicans student group says its regular meeting attendance has almost tripled. TRIPLED! I hope you’re sitting down, because these numbers are scary: meeting attendance went from 20 to almost 60 people! MY. GOD.
That’s right: unnamed “liberal groups” invited Maria Echaveste. Her resume includes deputy White House chief of staff who oversaw immigration reform during the Clinton administration, administrator in the U.S. Department of Labor, UC Berkeley law school graduate and lecturer, and daughter of Mexican immigrants.
The college Republicans invited…Ann Coulter. (“There’s a cultural acceptance of child rape in Latino culture that doesn’t exist in even the most dysfunctional American ghettos. When it comes to child rape, the whole family gets involved.” This is who represents their perspective on immigration.)