The University of California, Berkeley’s student newspaper published a series of op-eds Tuesday defending the violent rioting that shut down a Milo Yiannopoulos event last week.
The Daily Californian, which operates independently of the university but is at least partially funded through student fees, posted a series of columns on “Violence as self-defense” that outlines five “arguments in favor of the use of violence in protests” written by current and former students.
The first op-ed in the series, Check your privilege when speaking of protests, charges that protesters who are not on board with violent tactics are “cowards” and that white nationalists deserve to get “their asses beat.”
Indeed, UC-Berkeley alumna Nisa Dang argues in the piece that the violent protests were a justifiable response to the “violence” of Milo’s speech, as well as to the presence of police officers who are “violent agents of the state.”
“To people with platforms who decide when a protest should and should not be violent: You speak from a place of immense privilege,” Dang asserts. “As I recently wrote in a tirade against this brand of idiocy, asking people to maintain peaceful dialogue with those who legitimately do not think their lives matter is a violent act.”
The second op-ed, written by “undocu…
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