The planned speech at UC Berkeley by alt-right racist hero Milo Yiannopoulos was cancelled on Wednesday due to massive protests that erupted all over campus.
A local ABC News affiliate in California reports that:
‘Passions started flaring around 4 p.m. between both sides on the Cal campus ahead of Yiannopoulos’ 8 p.m. speech. The event is sponsored by the Berkeley College Republicans. Extra police officers were called to monitor the event. The protests turned violent shortly before 5 p.m. as the event approached, with demonstrators lighting fires and fireworks on the Cal campus.’
The self-titled “internet troll” was evacuated and later posted on Facebook that “violent protesters tore down barricades, lit fires, threw rocks and Roman candles at the windows and breached the ground floor of the building.” The Breitbart editor appeared to be safely away from the protest he inspired, yet that protest raged on.
— UC Berkeley (@UCBerkeley) February 2, 2017
Yiannopoulos is an editor at Breitbart whose claims to fame include the targeted harassment of Saturday Night Live star Leslie Jones, a woman of color, that got him permanently booted from Twitter. He is known for his racist, sexist, and xenophobic views, which he spouts in books, interviews, and on the internet every chance he gets.
‘America has a Muslim problem. Notice my wording carefully here. It isn’t a radical Muslim problem. It isn’t an ISIS problem, an Al Qaeda problem, a Taliban problem, or any of the Muslim terror groups that have sprung up in 2016. The terror attack on Saturday is an expression of mainstream Muslim values.’
Yiannopoulos and others like him, such as Richard Spencer and Steve Bannon, have done their part to advance an era of racism and Islamaphobia in which eight Muslims were shot in their mosque in Quebec City on Monday, and nine people of color were shot to death in their Christian church in South Carolina.
Pushback against that kind of violence is necessary.
For video of the protests, see below:
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