California State University Los Angeles President William Covino abruptly canceled a speech by conservative author and advocate Ben Shapiro that was scheduled to take place on Thursday February 25th. He is Editor-at-Large, Breitbart.com.
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Shapiro’s speech titled “When Diversity Becomes A Problem” was twice approved by the student budget board and was sponsored by the conservative student group Young America’s Foundation (YAF). But liberal groups aggressively protested Shapiro’s upcoming speech and one CSULA professor threatened to wrestle conservative students who supported the event. President Covino sent an email to YAF late Monday night saying, “After careful consideration I have decided that it will be best for our campus community if we reschedule Ben Shapiro’s appearance for a later date, so that we can arrange for him to appear as part of a group of speakers with differing viewpoints on diversity.”
Covino did not cancel liberal focused speeches which include counter culture radical Angela Davis and Tim Wise who will lecture students on “Exploring Whiteness” on Wednesday February 24th or Serene Khader on the topic, “Do Muslim Women Really need Freedom?”
Shapiro issued a statement saying, “The campus fascists have taken over.” He and YAF intend to hold the speech on Thursday despite the CSULA ban and threaten to sue the school if they are blocked from the auditorium where the speech was scheduled to take place.