When Political Correctness Becomes a Problem

Ben Shapiro v. CSULA

At CSULA’s University-Student Union, a swarm of students chose to participate in rather extracurricular activities — namely, falsely pulling a fire alarm, carrying out physical assaults, shouting derogatory slurs, and blockading entrances to the building.

The cause? Diversity.

On February 25, 2016, conservative political commentator, columnist, author, radio talk show host, and attorney Ben Shapiro was invited by CSULA’s Young Americans for Freedom to speak.

The topic? Diversity.

Discussing how “trigger warnings, diversity, micro-aggressions, Black Lives Matter, safe spaces, and #concernedstudents1950 poses a threat to freedom of speech on college campuses”, Shapiro’s lecture was titled “When Diversity Becomes a Problem”.

CSULA’s student population is 60.7% Hispanic/Latino, 15.8% Asian/Pacific Islander, and 4.2% Black/African-American. It’s only fair to assume that calling diversity a problem in this campus (or any campus, for that matter) would be, well, problematic.

It took less than five minutes for me and a few other folks to realize that although Shapiro’s lecture was controversial, the “protestors” were toxic.

Convinced of their duty to protect political correctness, the “protestors” began engaging in actions contradictory to their demand for free speech, non-violence, and inclusion.

The following videos provide two glimpses into the “peaceful protest” — the former at the back entrance of the University-Student Union building and the latter in the lobby.

Mob mentality at its finest, heightened by a common enemy known as Ben Shapiro, or the “spawn of the Patriarchy” (as stated by a number of far-left “protestors” in attendance).

Now, coming from someone who would benefit from Affirmative Action, has stood in solidarity with a number of progressive organizations and movements, and is fully aware of oppressive systems and institutions, this protest was embarrassing and downright disturbing.

Misguided students and “protestors” failed to see their hypocrisy. Being politically correct is not synonymous with being politically (and physically) intolerant of other ideas. Choosing to demonize someone before even engaging in dialogue is foolish at best.

Fortunately, in the sea of phones, posters, and “protestors”, a few individuals held their ground on behalf of free speech.

The following video showcases a young man trying to level with students who looked more confused than “harmed”:

Like the young man in the video, I wasn’t able to get inside the theater to listen to Shapiro. Slurs like “racist”, “bootlicker”, and “Uncle Tom” were fired my way for simply wanting to listen to and participate in a conversation.

If there’s one thing I took away from the CSULA v. Ben Shapiro mayhem that day, it would be that listening is the most important part of a conversation. Quick to point fingers, scapegoat, and instigate, the “protestors” failed to see Shapiro’s lecture as a lesson.

The importance of education, especially in college, is the introduction of new ideas and concepts. We don’t have to agree with everything that is presented to us, but we should know better than to use violence, provocation, and tantrums as means to settle disagreements.

Jumping to conclusions leads to a free-fall into ignorance. There was room for debate, dialogue, and questions. Instead, the “protestors” chose to create noise without substance and cite political correctness as rationale for their behavior.

Some people are just so desperate to be understood that they forget to be understanding. Or conscious.

Ben Shapiro’s full speech:

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