Published On: Fri, Mar 2nd, 2018

Georgetown’s Claire Hazbun: Ben Shapiro’s speech should be blocked, he’s ‘openly racist, Islamophobic and transphobic’

Ben Shapiro is no stranger to being protested, so it’s no surprise the his upcoming Georgetown event is under scrutiny after a student wrote that the Daily Wire Editor is “is openly racist, Islamophobic and transphobic. Bringing Shapiro, a former editor-at-large of Breitbart News, to Georgetown only normalizes such hate.”

The article in The Hoya by Claire Hazbun calls for the revocation of “sponsorship of Shapiro’s speech. By endorsing the event, members who remain on these organizations’ boards are complicit in legitimizing Shapiro’s hateful speech.”

Hazban listed her other grievances:

  • 2010, he tweeted, “Israelis like to build. Arabs like to bomb crap and live in open sewage. This is not a difficult issue. #settlementsrock.”
  • In a 2015 interview, Shapiro refused to address a transgender woman by her preferred pronouns, claiming her identification as a woman “is a lie.”
  • Shapiro often professes his belief that to be transgender is to suffer from a mental disorder. (See gender dysphoria study)
  • In 2016, Shapiro promoted on Facebook an article published on his website, The Daily Wire, which covered German authorities’ distribution of flyers instructing migrants not to grope people. The article called the Muslim migrant presence in Europe a “disease.”
  • In a 2014 video, he claimed, “We’re above 800 million Muslims radicalized, more than half the Muslims on Earth. That’s not a minority. That’s now a majority.”

She praised Georgetown’s efforts to bring the anti-Trump Jeff Flake to speak on campus: “… last month, GUCR brought Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) to speak on campus. GUCR and Lecture Fund could use their resources to invite another reasonable, non-bigoted conservative, such as New York Times columnist David Brooks. Inviting these figures allows for discussions on conservative perspectives without legitimizing bigotry.”

Hazban asserts that “…her argument is not made on the basis of shielding young people from harmful language. In fact, students should educate themselves on Shapiro’s beliefs and discuss them with their peers. However, we can certainly make a distinction between coddling students and creating a platform for bigotry.”

Shapiro is a Jewish commentator, the recipient of the most anti-Semitic attacks a year ago than anyone else on Twitter.

The College Fix notes the irony of the protest, since Shapiro is slated to be speaking in campus free speech:

Shapiro will be discussing free speech on college campuses, and “how he believes it is essential to promote and preserve constructive conversations on college campuses about the pressing issues of our time,” according to the event’s Facebook page.

Shapiro just spoke at CPAC – full transcript HERE


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