Foes should ignore rancor of white supremacists
Regarding white supremacist speakers and the Berkeley campus, whether they should be allowed to speak, and the expectation of violent clashes erupting when they do: Let me recommend a different line of thinking. Freedom of speech neither requires nor guarantees speakers an audience. It’s the audience, however, that white supremacists and antifa anarchists crave; to be seen and to recruit.
Suppose instead of TV, radio, newspapers and cameras greeting white supremacist speakers on campus, they meet a blaring emptiness as the rest of us meet for conversation and community elsewhere. Leaving the haters to speak only to themselves, we would punish them where it hurts.
— Jean Lythcott, Palo Alto