I found this in the SF Chronicle:
UC Berkeley should’ve canceled the Milo Yiannopoulos event weeks ago.
Hate speech is a security risk for the community. UC Berkeley, with its history of protests, shouldn’t have allowed a menacing night to unfold.
Yiannopoulos is a professional troll who cloaks hate with the First Amendment’s white veil. I believe in freedom of speech, but openly vile, divisive and hate-filled commentary shouldn’t be tolerated. Yiannopoulos isn’t a provocateur. He’s an intolerant insult comic and a bigot, the poster boy for the hate-filled wing of conservatism hellbent on whitewashing America.
That rage you saw Wednesday night — that wasn’t intolerance of a different political viewpoint as Yiannopoulos claims. It was the outright rejection and condemnation of a flagrant brand of bigotry that can incite violence against Yiannopoulos’ favorite targets: people who are black, brown, LGBTQ, women and immigrants. Think Dylann Roof.
There is more if you want to read it. Do you notice anything missing?
How about some specifics? “Milo said ‘xyz’ and that’s racist.” Milo has published a ton of stuff and made numerous speeches and public appearances that were recorded on video, so if he is a racist or a bigot there should be ample evidence out there to prove it. So where is it?
This is from “Milo Yiannopoulos is trying to convince colleges that hate speech is cool” at CNN:
This professional provocateur, who was banned on Twitter after his harassment last summer of “Saturday Night Live” star Leslie Jones, has been making a name for himself with his “Dangerous Faggot” bus tour. In campus appearances across the nation the openly gay Yiannopoulos has made disparaging remarks about Muslims, minority students, members of the transgender community and other groups — all in the name of free speech and the fight against political correctness.
His many detractors say he is a hatemonger. But Yiannopoulos believes he offers an important perspective that is missing at universities where liberal ideas typically go unchallenged. And he’s inspiring other far-right speakers to visit college campuses in the hopes of swaying young minds.
“People are tired of being told how to live, how to speak, what language they can use,” he said. “The strength of feeling in my crowds, the enthusiasm for me from the audiences is the same — the same instinct, the same sort of motivating force (that) put Trump in the White House.”
In his campus talks, Yiannopoulos spares few targets. He’s gone after Black Lives Matter activists and has argued rape culture on campuses doesn’t exist. He portrays white males as victims and views social justice as a form of cancer. He has said people become feminists because they are “deeply physically unattractive.”
Sometimes Yiannopoulos mocks individual people. While talking about the transgender bathroom debate at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in December, he displayed a photo of a transgender female student from that school and told the crowd, “the way that you know he’s failing is that I’d almost still bang him.”
He’s also implied Americans have good reason to fear Muslims and said that liberals believe that they can make Muslims accept gays if only they “hug them hard enough. Well, news flash ladies, it’s not a boner, it’s a bomb.”
Yiannopoulos is often identified with the alt-right, a far-right political movement rife with white nationalist, anti-Semitic and racist ideologies, although he rejects the label.
His tour has coincided with a flurry of hate crimes around the country following Trump’s election victory — many of them on college campuses. In the month after the election, the Southern Poverty Law Center said 172 hate incidents were reported at colleges and universities nationwide.
The SPLC attributes the spread of alt-right propaganda on campus to the “increased confidence that these groups are feeling following Trump’s victory,” which they say is also being fueled by figures like Yiannopoulos and white nationalist Richard Spencer.
“What’s new is Donald Trump. There’s somebody on the national stage who’s … helping to encourage and give enthusiasm to this effort to proselytize and go to campuses and get new recruits for a new conservative movement,” said Kevin Johnson, dean of the law school at UC Davis.
Universities have faced pressure to cancel Yiannopoulos’ events. But many have decided to allow his show to go on in the name of free speech and the First Amendment.
But some students who end up as the targets of Yiannopoulos’s comments feel there should be no place for him or his views on campus.
A transgender UC Davis student, who asked to be identified only as Barbara, told CNN she was too scared to be on campus during Yiannopoulos’s scheduled visit and was fearful of his potential effect on her classmates.
“The fear is with the folks who are gonna see him,” she said. “He leaves. But the folks who are attending (his event) are the folks that I have to sit next to in classrooms.”
For his part, Yiannopoulos says he has nothing to do with Spencer or any white nationalists.
“I don’t have unsavory opinions about skin color … what you are seeking to do, by associating me with people who have odious and disgusting opinions, is suggest that I somehow in some way tacitly enable these people,” he said. “I don’t. F*ck you.”
But Oren Segal, director of the Anti-Defamation League’s Center on Extremism, believes Yiannopoulos “serves as a gateway” to more dangerous ideas.
“When you see white supremacists hanging outside of Milo’s events to poach potential recruits, it speaks to exactly why Milo is potentially dangerous. Milo is bringing his misogyny and hatred and racism onto campus, and people (are) sort of maybe considering it, ‘Oh, this is just ironic. He’s just being — you know, pushing the envelope.'” Segal said.
“And so it enables his ideology, his messages to sort of seep in. The next level is maybe an openness to more white supremacist ideas, more hardcore believers. I think that’s fundamentally dangerous.”
But Yiannopoulos said he doesn’t believe his statements are that far from the mainstream. He sees himself as a crusader for free speech.
“I have opinions that, frankly, a lot of people are thinking. They just won’t tell people. They don’t pollsters. They don’t tell journalists. But they think it, which is why you’re all so surprised when, you know, half the country voted for Trump. I hold perfectly respectable, reasonable opinions that half of America agrees with,” he said.
“So long as people are prevented from saying true things in public life for political correctness, there’ll still be a need for me,” he said. “And I’ll never stop.”
Obviously, none of us knows what really lurks in Milo’s heart. But if we are gonna condemn a man for his beliefs shouldn’t his accusers have to provide evidence of his depraved heart?