Is Cal Poly president all talk and no walk?

December 4, 2016
Allan Cooper

Allan Cooper


I was horrified to read that Milo Yiannopoulos has been invited by the Cal Poly College Republicans to speak at the Spanos Theater on January 31. This self-described “alt-right” conservative has engaged in hate speech against Muslims, minorities, immigrants and women.

Cal Poly Public Relations Director Matt Lazier stated in response to this invitation that Cal Poly is an “open environment where opinions, ideas and thoughts are freely shared…” Does this so-called “open environment” include hate speech?

Cal Poly’s President Jeffrey D. Armstrong has repeatedly spoken out against hate and bigotry.

As recently as Nov. 2015, Cal Poly students protested anti-Islamic and anti-gender fluidity statements written on a “Free Speech Wall” erected annually by the Cal Poly College Republicans on the Dexter Lawn to commemorate the toppling of the Berlin Wall. President Armstrong, in a letter to students, touted the university’s efforts to curb such incidents and improve the campus environment for all students.

Unless President Armstrong is “all talk and no walk,” I expect the president and Cal Poly’s recently established Office of University Diversity and Inclusivity to intervene and bar this bigot from speaking on-campus.

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This is what this type of “free speech” feeds into.

Exactly. An ethnic studies prof had the guts to have somebody express radical and opposing views in his class. Good. He did not baby his students.

I read the entire story looking for the violence and chaos that followed this moron’s appearance. Did I miss something?

Let the jerks show themselves. Stop being scared or “horrified”.

I pray that I never become such a self-indulgent, sniveling snowflake of a pansy to ever be “in horror” at another person speaking. I just cannot fathom how easy it is for some people to hate and fear so much.

Whether I agree with a speaker or not is not going to matter much; now, when actions start personally and physically threatening, then one may be horrified.

I wonder who’s less tolerant, Milo or Allan?