March 9, 2017

‘Free Speech for Me, Free Speech for Thee’

On Feb. 1, UC Berkeley police canceled a College Republicans-sponsored speech by Breitbart editor and alt-right supporter Milo Yiannopolous, citing concerns over protests that grew increasingly violent. School officials say the mayhem was caused by black-clad rioters unaffiliated with the university. However, hundreds of other people on campus that night, and in petitions for weeks before, called for the event’s cancellation, raising questions about who is allowed to say what and where on campus. Reporter Reis Thebault talks with First Amendment experts and a Berkeley alum, who spent her college years fighting for students’ right to political expression, in a story of free speech’s past, present, and its future.

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Editor’s note: Since this story was recorded, Yiannopolous has seemingly provoked too far, making comments that condone pedophilia and laughign off sex abuse by Roman Catholic Priests. He resigned from Breitbart amid the controversy. It is unclear whether Berkeley’s College Republicans will invite him back, but, as UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks said in a letter to the university, Yiannopolous was not the first of his ilk to come to campus, and he will not be the last.

CREDITS:

REPORTER: Reis Thebault
MUSIC: Joan Baez, "We Shall Overcome"
PHOTO CAPTION & CREDIT:
From September 30 through December 3, 1964, FSM participant Tom Kuykendall shot many, many rolls of Tri-x film using Nikon cameras. The Free Speech Movement Archives now hosts and licences these images and they have been used here with our permission.

TOP PHOTO: October 1, 1964: Sproul Plaza: students atop police car on Sproul Plaza with Jack Weinberg held inside: Anita Medal appears near the lower left of the frame in white blouse, bun, and glasses. Diagonally above her right shoulder is Bettina Aptheker. FSM singer Hilbert Coleman an array of buttons on his shirt appears diagonally above her left shoulder. The woman playing guitar on the right side of the photo is singer Terry Garthwaite. Roll 114, frame 31. © FSM Archives

BOTTOM PHOTO: October 1, 1964: Sproul Plaza: students atop police car on Sproul Plaza with Jack Weinberg held inside: Anita Medal appears near the center of the frame in white blouse, bun, and glasses, just to the viewer’s left of the man reading the newspaper. Roll 114, frame 35. © FSM Archives

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