In a recent interview with KQED News, Chancellor Nicholas Dirks defended his school’s response to the violent riots, arguing that they in no way hurt the prestigious university’s reputation of protecting First Amendment rights on campus.
HAHAHA…when I was still 19 years old, when a young Japanese policeman was shot in front of our commune, I wrote an editorial for the Berkeley Barb about it and the crazy left went totally nuts and even threatened my life and I left for good, telling them all, ‘You are evil and stupid.’
This was back before the end of the Vietnam War! It was less than 6 years after the famous ‘Free Speech’ sit-ins and demonstrations. I told everyone, ‘Free speech is dead’ as I left and they sneered at me. Well, it is long buried and now, the left is a bunch of very evil Nazis terrorizing gay speakers.
“I don’t think we’ve been tarnished at all. In fact, I have been hearing from people across the country that we have indeed honored our tradition and that we have been exemplary in terms of our commitment to freedom of speech,” Dirks explained, criticizing “representations of what happened here” that he feels disregarded or misrepresented the facts to portray Berkeley as a hostile environment for free speech.
This administrator is probably a tad younger than I. I bet this clown thinks really there is ‘free speech’ there except many words and thoughts are ‘evil think’ and must be crushed violently if people insist on talking about verboten things.
This clueless monster of a ‘University official’ is so stupid, I bet he thinks the Red Guard violence in China under Madame Mao was a wonderful thing! The Chinese who lived with me after they arrested her, hated her guts. But while in China, they had to pretend she was perfect and wonderful.
Berkeley has been very highly intolerant of ‘free speech’ way back in 1969 and nothing has improved since then!
“There are lots of representations of what happened here that I think are being driven by political agendas that have no particular regard for the evidence that is part of this or any of the facts or truth that surrounds it,” he asserted.
Good lord! The ‘evidence’ is obvious! Armed thugs, some of whom were university employees, attacked students, nearly killing one of them, badly beating or spraying chemicals on others, to stop them from quietly going to a speech by a gay conservative male who tells jokes!
This obvious violence ran so out of control, these same people attacking students attending a legal event then fanned out over the campus and city destroying property, setting fires and stealing stuff.
Dirks also addressed President Trump’s threat to strip funds from the institution for its alleged failure to cultivate a culture of free speech, calling the presidential reaction “ill-informed” and criticizing Trump for relying on “television or perhaps even Breitbart” as news sources.
Pay no attention to all the many videos showing students and staff attacking innocent people and stopping free speech as well as looting the place! Nope. That is ‘fake news’ to this insane liberal university official.
“It seems to have been ill-informed,” Dirks remarked. “I mean, it’s fairly well-established that some of the tweets that come out of the white house these days are based on things seen on certain kinds of news sources, whether television or perhaps even Breitbart, and I don’t think the real news got out.”
What, pray tell, was ‘real news’? I am all ears. So far, all the visual and sound evidence which we can use in a court of law, showed staff and students rioting on the campus while wearing masks so they could do arson, assaults and attempted murder. I see no other actions except this leftist violence.
Throughout the interview, both Dirks and UC Berkeley Police Department Chief Margo Bennett refused to place any blame on the school for “not doing enough to enable the speech to happen,” nor for preventing rioters from forcing its cancellation.
“We had tracked the previous appearances at [UC] Davis and the University of Washington. The black bloc weren’t there,” Dirks argued, referring to the professional protest group that allegedly helped shut down the event. “We had done everything we could do. We’re a university. We’re not the National Guard.”
WHOA. I was there when People’s Park happened and the National Guard and all sorts of people were there!!! Sheesh.
Bennett then defended the apparent passivity of her officers during the riot, insisting that confronting the vandals would only have made the situation more volatile.
Wow. Way back when I was there, no one considered bad to be attacking us! I remember when the Oakland Sheriff dumped toxic material that was being used in Vietnam, on the police and I had to save them and clean them off before it burned their skin.
“I don’t think so, I mean certainly we can be criticized for a lot of things,” Bennett said in response to whether or not she had made any errors in judgement. “I don’t believe it was the wrong thing, because had we gone out there, two things would have happened: The black bloc group would have gotten energized by our presence, and number two they would have turned around and started attacking our police, which means our use of force would have escalated. I believe we made the right decision.”
Bennett should run for president of France. Surrender to Hitler and no one will be hurt! What the hell? Let a bunch of violent, vicious leftists riot is safer even when they attack physically, students and physically try to burn the University to the ground…is better than what? The Soviet Union Red Army invading Berlin?
In a series of op-eds published by The Daily Californian in the aftermath of the riot, however, numerous Berkeley students take umbrage at the suggestion that outside protest groups were responsible, proudly declaring that those hiding their faces behind masks that night were, in fact, members of the school community.
They boast about destroying the campus and attacking other students!!! Why are they not being expelled and the violent staff, fired and put in jail? Eh? I was jailed for jaywalking, way back in 1969.
Sheesh. This is incredible. If Berkeley wants to recover and become a school again instead of a joke, they can contact me and hire me to run the place. I know a lot about the leftists there and know how to stop them from being stupid and violent.
BTW, it does not involve ‘let them riot’. I will arrest them even for jaywalking.