California State University-Los Angeles is still reeling from a visit by Daily Wire’s Ben Shapiro. Sponsored by Young America’s Foundation, Shapiro gave a lecture on February 25, where his conservative, non-politically correct speech left many in the cupcake brigade triggered. So, on May 17, they held a healing space event, which was attended by CSULA’s president, where he says he would have never invited Shapiro on campus, and Melina Abdullah, the department chair of Pan-African Studies, who called Shapiro a “Neo-Nazi.”
“This is kid of this ongoing conversation about the specificity of anti-blackness, and that’s what I think what we see with Ben Shapiro. So, even if you decided you’re going to let this Neo-Nazi on campus, right? And I get he’s Jewish, so that’s ironic that I’m calling him a neo-Nazi, right? But that’s basically what he is the equivalent—a neo-KKK member, let’s call him that, right?
That’s also ironic since Ku Klux Klan members also embrace anti-Semitism. Abdullah then details how members of the student body are coming to her feeling “brutalized” by Shapiro’s views.
“What I’m hearing is students come into my office and feeling traumatized…feeling brutalized—physically, emotionally, and mentally.”
Oh, c’mon, lady. It’s a speech—not a riot. It’s conservatism, not ultra-nationalistic fascism. It’s your students exuding an appalling weakness towards other people’s views. Then again, this is California, but the fact that people are still throwing tantrums over something that happened last winter isn’t normal.