Just a day after the University of California at Berkeley canceled conservative writer Ann Coulter’s speech because of security concerns, the school has changed positions allowing her to speak.
The New York Times reported on Thursday that UC Berkeley reversed their previous position and that Coulter will be able to speak in early May.
Coulter said on Wednesday’s episode of Tucker Carlson Tonight that she was planning on defying the school administrators and speak anyway. She insisted that she had met every one of the school’s demands and this was an attack on free speech.
A group of liberal professors also agreed with letting Coulter speak on campus and spoke up against the administration.
“Free speech is what universities are all about,” Robert Reich, a labor secretary in the Clinton administration professor of public policy at UC Berkeley, wrote on his website. “If universities don’t do everything possible to foster and protect it, they aren’t universities. They’re playpens.”
Berkeley has become ground zero for the fight for free speech. Back in February, Milo Yiannopoulos’ planned speech was canceled after protesters started fires on campus doing damage to several buildings. On Monday, Trump supporters and members of the far-left group Antifa started fighting in the streets of Berkeley over a rally in support of the President.
Now that Coulter’s speaking, it’s very likely that more protests will occur, but in the meantime, this is a major victory for free speech.