In an email to the Young Americans for Freedom chapter at the University of Southern California this week, “John Doe”—an admitted Shapiro hater—leaked their leftist compatriots’ plans to disrupt the October 4th stop on Young America’s Foundation’s exclusive Fred Allen Lecture Series featuring Ben Shapiro at USC.

”As much as I hate Ben Shapiro and what he stands for, and I mean that guy drives me crazy, I am firmly a believer in letting people speak, so I want to let you know that at the Oct 4th event there will be a sizable number of student activists seeking to disrupt the event by coordinating texts, phone calls, and alarms to go off during the event,” writes the anonymous leftist.

“Activists include members of both USG [USC’s student government] and org leadership who are distributing the signup link along with the code to get a free seat, so the number of disrupters may be fairly large.”

In a somewhat surprising moment of self-awareness, the John Doe email continues: “I believe that if this is allowed to happen it will make everyone at our university look bad, so I advise you to take reasonable steps to prevent an embarrassment.”

This John Doe is right: It’s incredibly embarrassing when these prestigious institutions are reduced to ideological echo chambers where students run the show and administrators are powerless against the angry horde of intolerant leftist tyrants in training. But rather than placing the onus on the conservative students who are doing the work their own school won’t—bringing a leading conservative and ideological diversity to their campus—why doesn’t this leftist hold his own teammates accountable and prevent an embarrassment of their own.

It’s been made clear in recent semesters that the Left, despite its frequent claims to the contrary, does not stand for diversity. Leftists don’t want the free and open exchange of ideas that is integral to higher learning. Instead, they rely on their one-sided teaching to maintain control over a half-educated student body.

If the last school years’ worth of campus lectures and the tired tactics of leftists to silence conservative students is any guide, USC leftists continuing their threats to subject Ben Shapiro and the USC Young Americans for Freedom chapter to a heckler’s veto will only make a mockery of themselves by showing their true, intolerant colors, while giving Ben Shapiro a larger platform and conservative students more power than ever.


For further information, to request an interview, or to cover YAF’s Fred Allen Lecture Series featuring Ben Shapiro at USC contact YAF Spokesman Spencer Brown via 800-872-1776 or sbrown@yaf.org

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