In a stroke of sheer irony, an event focusing on freedom of speech is coming under attack by — you guessed it — people who want to censor it.
Christina Hoff Sommers, Dave Rubin, and Peter Boghossian are scheduled to speak at a Portland State University event titled “The New Campus Thought Police: Controversial Authors Tackle Free Speech and Safe Spaces.”
“The event will feature honest and unfiltered conversation about the controversial subjects of free speech and political correctness on college campuses,” the event description says.
These controversial subject will include “issues such as microaggressions, trigger warnings, safe spaces, cultural appropriation, victimhood culture, and more.”
Speakers like Christina Hoff Sommers are no stranger to controversy, as many of her recent speeches, such as at Columbia and Oberlin, have been subject to student backlash. Her Portland State appearance is no exception. A secretive organization called Rose City Antifa has added themselves to the list of Hoff-Sommer’s opponents with the event page “Shut Down Anti-Feminist “Gamergate Mom” Christina Sommers!” opposing her appearance at Portland State tomorrow.
The page slams the invitation of Dave Rubin, Christina Hoff Sommers, and Peter Boghossian to campus. “When our communities are under attack, we stand up fight back!” they wrote.
Rose City Antifa did not respond to requests for more information, and it is unclear whether they are affiliated with any Portland State students.
Boghossian told Red Alert, “A small but highly vocal number of people do not have the right to dictate to others what they can and cannot hear. [The protesters] have become what they hate.”
Fortunately, a Portland State University president gave Red Alert a statement saying that there is no way that tomorrow’s event will be shut down.
“When speech becomes offensive, we at PSU don’t respond by banning it or censoring the speaker. Instead, I encourage you to provide countervailing views, engage in debate, organize opposition and get involved,” President Wiewel wrote.
Khalid Alshaikh, an alumnus of Portland State told Red Alert that he planned to attend the event and that he believed the attempt to shut it down was “disgraceful.”
“I myself come from an authoritarian country,” Alshaikh, who was an international student while at Portland State, told Red Alert. “I oppose any kind of censorship of any kind.”
Alshaikh said that “students should know that part of free speech is the right to listen. It is a shame that authoritarian practices prevail in institutions that are supposed to promote the free market of ideas.”