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This is a form of heckler’s veto. Students who pose a threat of violence over speech get the speech shut down.
Just days before Dinesh D’Souza’s lecture, scheduled for November 12 through Young America’s Foundation Preserving American Liberty and Freedom Lecture Series, the school has blocked the public from attending the event, citing security concerns. The school has also revoked the venue, originally planned to be in the ARCH building on campus. With only three business days until the event, the school has not offered an alternate venue.
It may be no coincidence that the venue originally scheduled for D’Souza is also home to the multicultural student centers, including “Makuu” (the Black Cultural Center), La Casa Latina, and The Pan Asian American Community House. D’Souza’s speech is titled “A Legal Immigrant’s Case Against Multiculturalism.”
Danielle Yampolsky, the president of the conservative group hosting D’Souza, told YAF she is deeply disappointed with the school’s handling of the situation, and is eager to push back against their treatment of conservatives.
“I was incredibly shocked and disappointed to receive this email, especially at such short notice,” Yampolsky said, “Nevertheless, I am committed to promoting free speech and diversity of thought on Penn’s campus and am looking forward to getting this resolved and welcoming Mr. D’Souza to campus. “
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