One would be hard-pressed to find a less intimidating, less dangerous, less fascist conservative commentator than Fox News contributor and Townhall.com editor Guy Benson. But to listen to a group of Brown University students express their concerns about his speaking engagement on the campus Tuesday night, one would think Benson's appearance could have resulted in the lynching of minority students and the torching of their communities.
Fortunately, according to Benson, all went well. He didn't murder or even brutalize any minority students, and a civil discussion was had by all:
But Benson did note on Twitter that his event, titled "The Millennial Conservative: A Conversation with Guy Benson," resulted in some "personal firsts": a pre-speech security briefing with university officials and police, including a designated escape route; students’ bags searched upon entry to the venue; an organized walkout "*not* due to audience boredom"; and a flyer pasted over his face on the event advertisement which read "RACISM EXISTS AT BROWN":
Anyone who knows Benson knows that accusing him of racism (or any other of the usual slurs slung at conservatives) is the very definition of absurd. But absurdity didn't stop a self-described "collective of students at Brown University" from submitting an opinion piece prior to the event complaining about Benson to Brown's bluestockings magazine, "a publication based in Providence, RI that challenges dominant media narratives by centering communities of color systematically excluded from those discourses." For further context, this is from the mag's About page:
bluestockings is an anti-oppressive publication. We seek to publish pieces that are informed by Black power, intersectional feminism, gender self-determination, solidarity with Muslims, Indigenous sovereignty, decolonization, migrant justice, queer kinship, fat freedom, disability justice, prison abolition, radical self-love, and collective liberation.
Okay, then. The piece was titled, "Silencing and 'Free' Speech" -- note that "free" is in quotation marks -- and consists of 782 words condemning Benson's -- or any conservative's -- right to free speech.
The objections of college leftists (both students and faculty) to the free speech of conservatives are nothing new -- we cover them all the time at TruthRevolt -- but again, the targeting of Guy Benson is especially ludicrous because, unlike such provocateurs as Milo Yiannopoulos or such lightning rods as Ben Shapiro, the friendly, pleasant, openly-gay Benson is anything but controversial and threatening in any sense of the word. And the bluestockings letter is worth focusing on as an especially forthright example of the radical left's current perspective on the First Amendment.
Signed by 18 Brown students, the letter began by noting their fear that the event would feature Benson making "arguments in support of the freedom of any person to make hateful, oppressive, or damaging remarks based on their constitutionally protected right to free speech."
This is how the radical left now openly defines free speech: as a privileged white heteronormative power play to oppress minorities, while the speech of less privileged communities is suppressed.
So often, popular conversations around free speech focus on the right of people with power or who hold privileged identities (i.e. who are white, or cisgender men, or wealthy, or able bodied, etc.) to espouse hateful rhetoric which actively makes others less safe. Rarely do these mainstream conversations on free speech consider the urgent need for people of color and other marginalized people to speak back against systems of oppression for their own self-preservation.
The left then redefines conservative speech as white supremacist violence (even though there are plenty of conservative "people of color"):
What free speech can there be for people of color when calls for white power are being dispersed through the streets? At the very least, the timing of this event reveals the extent to which violence is enabled, shielded, legitimized, and minimized under the guise of ‘free speech.’
The students therefore objected to Benson speaking at Brown, because any ideas he or any other conservative brings to the table cannot possibly contribute to social justice:
Such thinking is fundamentally at odds with any intention to pursue real justice for structurally and historically marginalized people. Arguments like Benson’s enable white supremacist and fascist ideas to fester and flourish by defending the speech of already empowered people over and above any concern for justice or histories of violence.
How does Benson’s claim to free speech and his dismissal of the racism at the heart of ‘free’ speech debates, help our community heal, learn, and grow?
So no speakers should be allowed a hearing unless they contribute to the healing and growth of oppressed communities. Conservative speakers, who of course do not subscribe to the politics of victimization so integral to the left's identity, are therefore the fascist enemy and must be resisted:
White supremacy and fascism are not outside problems. These are Brown University problems and we must be unequivocal and unrelenting in our pursuit of their eradication.
It's worth reading the letter in its entirety, if you have the stomach for racist, twisted bullshit.
As Guy Benson said, his event went well and there were plenty of Brown University students on both sides of the political aisle who attended and behaved. The 18 students who published this defamatory, logic-challenged letter in this identity politics-obsessed publication are a minority.
But make no mistake: they and others like them on campuses across the country are a very vocal and powerful activist minority who represent today's left: not mere whiny snowflakes, but bullying totalitarians all, whose mission is to invalidate our Constitution, "fundamentally transform" our nation, and eradicate individual rights and freedoms.