The once-prestigious University of California at Berkeley has managed to distinguish itself from all other universities where political intimidation, vandalism and intolerance of ideas that stray from the politically correct orthodoxy have become a way of life. The Brownshirt tactics of the students go largely unpunished by the administration and are even encouraged by some of the faculty members.
Two separate incidents during the past academic year illustrate that the former seat of the '60s Free Speech Movement is now on the cutting edge of censorship. A three-quarter page ad appearing in the pages of the school's paper, the Daily Californian, was the focus of a political firestorm last week.
The ad was paid for by David Horowitz's Center for the Study of Popular Culture. It was titled "Ten Reasons Why Reparations for Blacks is a Bad Idea for Blacks - and Racist Too." It outlined Horowitz's common-sense arguments against the intellectually vacant idea of paying African Americans slavery reparations.
The 10 reasons include the fact that no single group is responsible for the crime of slavery (Africans participated in the slave trade as well as Europeans). And while only a tiny majority of whites owned slaves, hundreds of thousands gave their lives for their freedom. See www.frontpagemag.com for the complete article.