February 17, 2017 by gregrabidoux2013
By Any Means Necessary.
Yvette Felarca is a public grade school teacher in Northern California. She teaches at MLK in Berkeley, California.
On the side, she is also the founder of BAMN, a radical, militant leftist disruptor organization that according to their founder “will by any means necessary shut down what they see as fascist, homophobic, intolerant, Islamophobic, misogynist, hate speech.”
By any means necessary?
Does this include violence?
Yes. What part of by any means necessary don’t you understand she replied in a recent nationally televised interview.
BAMN, along with a number of other well-funded and organized militant leftist “disruptor” groups took part in, well, orchestrated really, the violent and destructive counter-protests recently at UC-Berkeley and NYU. In both occasions the protests were voicing displeasure at conservative speakers on campus. Both speakers seek to be provocative and “stir the pot.”
And “the pot” responded. With destruction, looting, vandalism, arson, and beatings.
By any means necessary these groups will beat the intolerance and hatred right out of those they oppose. They are national groups that travel “anywhere to shut down intolerance.”
And yet, these black masked “disruptors” led by militants like Yvetter Felarca, the grade school teacher were referred to by “journalists” like Wolf Blitzer as “engaged and passionate students.”
I wonder if militant right wing groups set foot on campuses across our country and did what these left wing militants did what Wolf and others would call them? Would they be called “engaged and passionate?”
I doubt it. Nor would they deserve such accolades either. Believe it or not folks, thugs can and do find oxygen to thrive on both the left and the right. It’s just those on the left seem to get romanticized, yet the fires they set, the beatings they deliver and the damage they make burn just as brightly, hurt just as much and cost just as much as their counterpart thugs on the right. You just wouldn’t know it by the distinct media narratives.
But here’s the bigger point. The First Amendment clearly protects both free speech and the right to peaceably protest:
The First Amendment (Amendment I) to the United States Constitution prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion, impeding the free exercise of religion, abridging the freedom of speech, infringing on the freedom of the press, interfering with the right to peaceably assemble or prohibiting the petitioning for a governmental redress of grievances.
Supreme Courts over the years have interpreted the key phrase “peaceably assemble” to mean protests. And rightly so. But now where does it say that if someone offends you, okay really, really offends you then all bets are off and you can set fire to campus buildings, administer beatings, and vandalize and destroy public property. I mean even if that campus speaker is “like just so intolerant.”
Now, to be fair, a number of court cases over the years have wrestled with the notion of just what constitutes unlawful and unprotected free speech. And the doctrine that has been more or less settled is speech that seeks to incite imminent violence or rioting.
So, what are the takeaways so far?
Well, you can say and do a number of really offensive things and be protected under our Constitution and you can respond in a number of very public and high profile ways in response and be equally protected. Both of which a number of people can find irritating, offensive and wish would go away. So be it. That’s democracy in action and it’s messy but it sure beats actual fascism and any other “ism.”
But, and this is a fact that many of my left leaning and sincere peace-loving friends are either blissfully ignorant of or simply don’t wish to acknowledge-Protests today aren’t what they used to be.
Protesters today, er, excuse me, Disruptors, are with some exceptions, very well funded, organized, calculating and incredibly self-righteous. In other words, their leaders like Ms. Felarca believe they get to decide what is fascist, homophobic, Islamophobic and they get to shut “it” down by any means necessary. And if heads get bashed in the process, campus buildings get torched, and shops get looted and smashed. So be it. That is the price apparently to rid our society of all that is offensive, rude and dangerous.
But who will keep us safe from the folks at BAMN when they turn their black-masked gaze at the rest of us?
I’ll close with a simple yet I believe profound question-
Should we allow free speech, even when it is offensive and intolerant to be “shut down” by any means necessary?
And are you okay with teachers like Ms. Felarca teaching our kids her own brand of justice? As she says, a kid is never too young to learn how to arm themselves against hate.
Is this a case of 2 wrongs don’t make a right?
Or are these BAMN disruptors justified?