One day after banning conservative author Ann Coulter from giving a speech at Berkely, the school reversed its decision and has now cleared the way for Coulter to come talk.
From the Washington Post:
Officials at the University of California at Berkeley on Thursday reversed their decision to cancel a speech by conservative firebrand Ann Coulter.
The university had announced Wednesday that it was canceling Coulter’s appearance following several political protests in Berkeley that turned violent.
But on Thursday, the university said it had found a venue where it could hold the speech on May 2, instead of the original April 27 date. However, a leader of the college Republican group that originally invited Coulter said the university was placing strict conditions on the event, and he said his group intended to reject the new terms.
Before the reversal was announced, Coulter had vowed to go ahead with an appearance anyway.
Berkeley drew a lot of criticism for cancelling the speech from all across the political spectrum, even from avowed leftists such as former Clinton Secretary of Labor Robert Reich:
“This is a grave mistake,” Reich said in a Facebook post. He said universities should “do everything possible to foster and protect” free speech, writing that students should be allowed to hear Coulter’s arguments and question them.
“It’s one thing to cancel an address at the last moment because university and local police are not prepared to contain violence. … It’s another thing entirely to cancel an address before it is given, when police have adequate time to prepare for such eventualities,” he said.
Though the university claimed that their decision had nothing to do with politics, it’s hard to see this same thing happening with a liberal speaker!