CSULA feminists confuse vandalism with free speech

Peter Van Voorhis
Contributor at The Washington Examiner

  • Members of the Young Americans for Freedom chapter at California State University, Los Angeles caught two radical feminists tearing down posters for their upcoming event.
  • The vandals claimed that "freedom of speech" entitled them to tear down the "offensive" posters.
  • Members of the Young Americans for Freedom chapter at California State University, Los Angeles caught two radical feminists tearing down posters for their upcoming event.

    The chapter, which garnered national attention for a February event featuring Ben Shapiro, was promoting an upcoming lecture by conservative scholar Christina Hoff Sommers entitled “Where Feminism Went Wrong” when the incident occurred.

    “They told me that they were ‘offensive’ and that it is their ‘freedom of speech’ to take down our fliers.”   

    [RELATED: Anti-Shapiro protesters at CSULA say ‘hate speech’ should not be allowed]

    “Because the event is next Tuesday, we’ve spent the whole week putting up fliers,” Mark Kahanding, the Chairman of CSULA YAF, told Campus Reform. “Today one of our members, Kevin Amador, placed flyers and...caught two feminists tearing them down.”

    Amador told Campus Reform that the club’s fliers are torn down almost every time they host an event, so when he checked on them Thursday morning, he was very surprised to see them still there.

    When he walked over for a closer look, however, he caught the two vigilantes tearing down his posters, documenting the experience in video footage provided to YAF.

    “They told me that they were ‘offensive’ and that it is their ‘freedom of speech’ to take down our fliers,” Amador recounted. “I simply asked them if it's freedom of speech to infringe on ours, but they kept saying that it was ‘offensive.’ After I came back from a meeting, I noticed that almost all of our fliers were taken down.”

    [RELATED: CSULA dumps speech policy, but is the replacement any better?]

    This incident was just the latest in a string of attacks on the club, coming just days after leftist students vowed to protest the event, just as they violently protested the club’s Ben Shapiro event earlier this year.

    The club told Campus Reform that the event will go on as planned, despite any dirty tricks its antagonists might have in store.

    “Thanks to the help of Young America's Foundation, we have over 10,000 flyers ready to go to promote the lecture for Christina Hoff Sommers,” Kahanding boasted. “We’ve decided to place 10 flyers for every one that was torn down.”

    Campus Reform reached out to CSULA for comment on the incident, but had not received a response by press time.

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    Peter Van Voorhis

    Peter Van Voorhis

    Contributor at The Washington Examiner
    Peter Van Voorhis is a columnist, political strategist, and media commentator. He is currently a contributor for The Washington Examiner, where he offers critical analysis on the pressing political issues of our time. He is a frequent guest on local news, talk radio, and national TV, and has been cited by Fox News, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Good Morning America, TIME, the Washington Post, and others. Previously, Peter was a Campus Reform Correspondent at the University of California, Irvine, where he covered liberal bias and abuse on campus. He has also contributed to the Daily Wire, The College Fix, The Blaze, Euronews, and Red Alert Politics.
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