A left-wing student attempted to target a “PragerU” table on the Cal State LA campus, and even went as far as to phone campus security. Apparently, the misled student believed that they would back him up and remove the conservative group from the area. What he got instead was a quick and concise lesson in free speech.
Will Witt was at the school to discuss socialism and capitalism with the local students, hoping to change some minds, when he was confronted by a mind that not only didn’t want to be changed but was seemingly aghast at the idea of free speech.
“So, a leftist student on campus just called campus security on us because apparently we’re terrorizing people and riling people up with our dangerous, horrible ideas,” Witt opens the video. “Let’s see what these people have to say.”
The video then cuts to a male student in a yellow shirt on the phone with (it’s assumed) the campus security office reporting the conservative group for “fearmongering students.”
“Hi, um there are two people on our campus right here who are with a conservative group who are here to try to fearmonger students,” he whines. It’s assumed the person on the other end of the line asks for the name of the group, because the young man responds “Prager U. Like Prager University, but they’re not an actual, legitimate university.”
“Well they’re going up to students and trying to ask them questions and such,” the student continues, at which point Witt looks at the camera, whispering: “The gall!”
While the crotchety lad awaits the arrival of his presumptive uniformed saviors, the group decides to ask him a few questions.
“So you’ve seen our stuff?” asks one man.
“Oh yeah,” the student responds, fidgeting with his hands in his pockets.
“What do you not like about it?” the man prods when the kid doesn’t elaborate further.
“Everything that you guys stand for,” he responds.
When asked what the group stands for, the young man responds simply, “misinformation.” No examples, no citations, not even a “my mom’s brother’s babysitter’s goldfish told me…” It didn’t get any better from there.
Despite likely thinking that he had a solid case, the young man’s authoritarian dreams of having dissenting opinions banished from campus were soon dashed, as the campus security officers who arrived on the scene were unable to do much of anything.
CAMPUS SECURITY: “How can we help?”
UPSET STUDENT: “Can you remove these two from campus please?”
C.S.: “The reason?’
U.S.: “Because they’re here to fearmonger students and that’s not OK.”
U.S.: “Yeah. Because these are people who are coming in and instigating and terrorizing our students on this campus and that’s not OK.”
C.S.: “Are they telling you that you can’t leave the area? Are they threatening you specifically in any way?”
U.S.: “Not specifically. They’re threatening me with their language, with their ideals.”
C.S.: “Unfortunately, I mean, if your ideals or their language doesn’t conform to what your thinking is, that’s what freedom of speech is.”
U.S.: “It’s not my thinking-”
C.S.: “So if you agree with a certain thing, he agrees with something else, then you guys agree to disagree.”
“So there’s nothing you guys can do?” asked the student, when it has become abundantly clear that the campus security could not and would not remove the PragerU team. When they answered negatively, the student fell back to his use of the term “terrorize,” which was quickly shut down.
“So that means they’re allowed to terrorize students by using their-” he asked, before being cut off.
“Once again, ‘terrorize’ is a word that you’re using. That’s your opinion,” they explained, going on to note that the conservatives weren’t breaking the law.
“And the law is not about opinions,” one of the officers clarified, “it’s about facts.”
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