One of the latest examples of the left’s hostility to conservatives invited to speak at the nation’s colleges and universities comes from the University of Cincinnati.
Campus Reform reported that a group of conservative students invited Star Parker, founder and president of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education, to speak. The taxpayer-supported school decided that her presence would create a security risk and required the conservative group to pay a deposit of $2,000. An excerpt (emphasis added):
In a statement put out by Young America’s Foundation, UC YAF chapter Chairman Regina Barton wrote that her club was informed it would need an event coordinator and a team of seven police officers, prompting her to seek help from the national organization.
“Young America’s Foundation, again, came to our aid, offering legal guidance if we thought it necessary. After both our faculty advisor and I wrote strongly-worded letters of appeal to the administration, the university decided to cover the security cost,” Barton stated, noting that she was encouraged by the university’s change of plans.
“Seeing action taken by the University of Cincinnati to rectify their mistakes and fortify a commitment to free speech has been incredible, making almost every roadblock encountered thus far worth the trouble,” she added.
Barton went on to remark that after “growing up in a conservative suburb of Cincinnati,” she never expected the university to be “so overtly biased towards one viewpoint.”
The university backed down and rescinded the deposit demand.
Why would a speaking event need a team of seven police officers? Leftist students are so hostile to conservatives and to free speech that colleges place burdens on student organizations to protect speakers and those who want to hear them.
The university is supposed to be a place where ideas compete in a “marketplace” of opposing viewpoints and vigorous debate. What happened to the nation’s institutions of higher learning that a speaker needs so much security, and what are these institutions doing to encourage students to tolerate opposing ideas and engage in meaningful discussions?