2016 has been a record year regarding outraged college liberals silencing conservatives speakers and protesting anyone who challenges social justice orthodoxy.
Overall, eight conservative speakers were disinvited from speaking at college campuses across the country after liberal students complained, according to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education.
Here is the list of speakers whose rhetoric was considered too hot for the snowflakes attending universities in the United States.
Sen. Jeff Sessions (Ala.-R), the soon-to-be Attorney General, was disinvited from being the graduate speaker at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Nearly 200 liberal students signed a petition because he supported Donald Trump in the Republican primary. The school didn’t buckle and the Senator was allowed to address the graduation.
Conservative icon Charles Murray was set to speak about capitalism and freedom, but his earlier works on the Bell Curve triggered liberals at Virginia Tech. They demanded the administration disinvite Murray, but the college president refused citing the school’s support for freedom of expression.
Pulitzer Prize-winning conservative writer Kathleen Parker had 300 angry liberals protesting her speech at Elon University over her previous articles on feminism. Progressives said she wasn’t a good role model to young women. Parker’s writings include her attacking feminists’ beliefs of “ending sexual assault, increasing diversity, and creating a safe and encouraging environment for all students regardless of gender, race, ethnic background, or sexual orientation.” She also was not disinvited from giving her speech.
Former House Speaker John Boehner‘s political credentials weren’t enough to stop college liberals from trying to prevent him from delivering a college commencement at the University of Notre Dame. Progressives on campus said that the former Ohio Congressman’s support for the death penalty should prevent him from speaking at the Catholic university, but administrators refused to give in to their demands.
Though they weren’t successful at banning Sessions, Parker, Murray, or Boehner, they did successfully push out Wall Street Journal writer Jason Riley from speaking at Virginia Tech back in early May.
Pro-life activist Ryan Bomberger was disinvited from the University of Chicago where he was set to talk about “the social injustice of abortion.”
“Given the present political climate and the prospect of organized protest focusing on issues that had little or nothing to do with the core message of Bomberger’s talk, we have decided to cancel the event,” the Students for Life regrettably told their supporters.
Ben Shapiro was a lightning rod for controversy this year as he needed police protection and many of his supporters were physically assaulted for attending his speech. Both DePaul University and the University of California at Los Angeles canceled the speech citing security concerns. In the latter case, a mob formed outside of the speech and the fire alarm was pulled to stop the former Breitbart writer.
The conservative speaker college liberals loved to hate the most was none other than the Kanye West of journalism, Milo Yiannopoulos. Social justice warriors were successful at banning the Breitbart editor at DePaul University, The University of Miami, New York University, and North Dakota State University.
Furthermore progressives at Louisiana State University, University of Colorado, University of Washington, California Polytechnic State University, University of California, Irvine, University of California, Davis, and Washington State University all attempted unsuccessfully to stop Yiannopoulos.