A conservative speaker was all set to go Wednesday for a campus speech on the Second Amendment when Hampshire College officials decided to pull the plug. Administrators are now apologizing and assure it had nothing to do with the message.
Antonia Okafor, a self-described campus carry activist, said on Twitter that she was told two hours before she was to start that her speech, “Female Empowerment and the Second Amendment,” was canceled. She was told the subject matter was “very controversial” and noted this was the same school that deemed the U.S. flag too controversial:
Okafor also confirmed on Twitter that the event was pre-approved.
Hampshire College has since apologized for the cancelation and released the following statement:
"We did not cancel the speech because of the speaker, the subject of the speech, or the content. Hampshire College values academic freedom and the careful examination of ideas, including when those ideas may be controversial."
School officials said the abrupt cancelation was necessary to keep the campus safe because they didn’t realize the speech might stir up a large crowd of protesters.
"The College did not follow its own procedures in sufficiently reviewing the application before we approved it,” the statement added. “We take responsibility for that mistake."
Hampshire College has asked to reschedule Okafor’s speech.
On Thursday evening, nearby Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts is hosting the speech and have also set up an “alternative space” for those students offended by the Constitution.