Feb 17, 2017 07:33 AM EST
What Milo Yiannopoulos Is Trying To Sell To Colleges About Free Speech
Milo Yiannopoulos is notorious for being vocal about his far-right views. The Breitbart News editor has faced a lot of backlash and protests in U.S. universities and colleges for his opinions.
Last month, Milo Yiannopoulos' event at the University of California - Davis was canceled after protesters became rowdy. President Trump even threatened to cut UC Berkeley's federal funds after the Breitbart News editor's speaking engagement in campus was canceled.
According to CNN, Yiannopoulos has made it his goal to visit American universities and colleges who are "traditionally left-leaning." He admitted that he wants to go to campuses because he believes that "bad ideas," to which he cited progressive social justice, feminism and the Black Lives Matter movement as examples, are "so cancerous and toxic to free expression."
The Breitbart News editor became infamous for his "Dangerous Faggot" bus tour. Throughout his campus visits, he has made known his opinions on Muslims, minority students as well as members of the transgender community, among others. This was all done for the sake of free speech and in his battle against political correctness.
A lot of people criticized him for his no-filter approach. However, Milo Yiannopoulos believes that he is providing an important perspective which has been missing in universities and colleges with unchallenged liberal ideas.
Moreover, he also encourages other far-right speakers to visit U.S. campuses to get their message out there. The controversial speaker has gone on stage to slam Black Lives Matter activists and even argued that rape culture on campuses is inexistent.
Quartz noted that universities and colleges should do all that they can to make sure that a speaker is not silenced due to audience reactions. It is, after all, indicted by the First Amendment that all views and ideas can be expressed - no matter how offensive they are.
University of Washington President Ana Mari Cauce also agreed to this that she believes that it is important not to have American campuses become "gated communities in order to try to maintain safety." She added that the most important thing that universities and colleges need to do is to emphasize the mission of promoting diversity and inclusion as well as equipping students with strong analytic tools that they can use to do critical analysis.
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