Complaints about violence and repression of free speech on campuses raises counter-claims about protests against the dominant side. But an important distinction to keep in mind is free speech vs. paid speech or, in the case of Angela Davis, expensive speech.
Here’s an example of anti-paid speech right wing activism from the Texas Tech Toreador school newspaper:
Angela Davis visit spurs controversy
By Amy Cunningham
News Editor Feb 8, 2015
As a part of the third annual African-American History Month Lecture Series this week, Texas Tech will host speaker Angela Davis at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Helen DeVitt Jones Auditorium of the Museum of Texas Tech.
In response, the Tech College Republicans have created an online petition against Davis speaking at Tech to prevent the university from spending $12,000 to host the speaker, Rebeca Jurado, a senior political science major from Mexico City, Mexico, and Tech College Republicans chairwoman, said.
The petition, available on change.org and the Tech College Republicans Facebook page, has a goal of 4,000 signatures. As of Sunday, the petition has 369 signatures.
Jurado said the petition was made to let the greater Tech community know how the money is being used.
“We’re hoping to bring light to the issue that Texas Tech is spending $12,000 for Angela Davis to come speak,” she said. “We just want to bring light to the issue and have people express their thoughts and tell us why they don’t agree with this expenditure.”
Davis is a professor emerita of history and feminist studies, according to a Tech news release.
In the 1970s, Davis was placed on the FBI’s Top 10 Most Wanted list, according to an article by The New York Times.
On August 7th, 1970, a shotgun purchased by Angela Davis two days earlier was used to murder a judge. The shooter apparently was a part-time bodyguard for Davis and brother of her Death Row boyfriend George Jackson. As another great Communist said, you can’t make an omelet without breaking a few eggs.
Davis was acquitted of all three charges against her, which were murder, kidnapping and criminal conspiracy.
But Angela was eventually acquitted, so no harm, no foul. Or something.
Tech should not use public funds to host someone the community does not respect, Jurado said.
Carson Bonner, an undeclared sophomore from Houston and fundraising chairman of the Tech College Republicans, said the organization created the petition because they are against the use of Tech’s money, not Davis herself.
So … campus Republicans peacefully petition against the Paid Speech of spending $12k to bring an elderly Communist (who perhaps got some cops murdered — she was, however, acquitted!) to Texas Tech.
It appears that the petition was ignored and Angela Davis got her 12 grand from Texas Tech in Lubbock, TX.