I was recruited to attend UC Berkeley in the early ‘60s. One of the things my tour guide took me to was Harmon Gym, where a Nazi was speaking. It was packed in half of the stadium. Everyone listened respectfully, then sent up messages via students with “Jewish” armbands. Obviously the speaker could not answer the educated questions from UC Berkeley’s brilliant students. I thought this was exactly as a great university should be. My beloved father once told me that if you do not look at both sides of things, you can be brainwashed.
What has happened? Why cannot campus students, let alone our politicians, listen to both sides of issues? Why cannot Milo Yiannopoulos or Ann Coulter speak on campus (or just when classes are not in session)? Students should use logic and facts to disprove people who are wrong, not ad hominem (name calling) and violent attacks.
P.S. I am proud that one of my grandsons will be attending UC Berkeley this Fall!
Ken Krueger is a member of the Berkeley community.