I’m not entirely sure why Ben Shapiro draws so much ire on college campuses. We represented him, and Young Americans for Freedom, when faculty organized a blockade of his event at Cal State-Los Angeles. And we’re assisting the Bruin Republicans now in their effort to bring Ben to his alma mater, UCLA, despite a bizarre security fee policy that treats Ben like a larger security problem than Hillary Clinton. And that’s just the beginning.
Student protestors tried to shut down a Ben Shapiro speaking engagement at the University of Utah earlier this fall. As discouraging as this clip is, it’s at least helpful to see the student admitting that he simply doesn’t care if the First Amendment is violated. Universities have an obligation to teach students why the First Amendment matters. Moments like this confirm that after decades of universities enacting speech policies that teach students that speech is too dangerous to permit, students are unfortunately taking that lesson to heart, and our universities are fundamentally failing to teach them why the First Amendment is so vital.