Big surprise. The UC Berkeley snowflake students are at it again. They just won’t leave the Berkeley College Republicans alone. A vigil in Kate Steinle’s memory was organized by student Naweed Tahmas, an officer with the club. The vigil was a quiet gathering in remembrance of Steinle shortly after her killer, Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, was found not guilty of murder by a California jury.
The evening vigil was simple and respectful, including flowers and a large poster of Kate’s beautiful face–the poster shown so many times over the last few years. The students set out candles spelling out Kate’s name, and Tahmas said, “Tonight, we remember America’s daughter— Kate Steinle. Thank you to everyone who helped me organize this vigil and for those who took the time to attend. In all the events I have helped organize, this one meant the most to me. We will never forget her name or her story.”
Tahmas continued, “The burden of tragedy no longer solely rests on the shoulders of her family, but on the shoulders every American. When illegal immigration policies kill Americans, we are told that we must remain silent. The media lectures us on how we are politicizing a death. The media and our politicians want to erase Kate’s name and story from history. It’s on us to speak the name of America’s lost daughter: Kate Steinle.”
The vigil was nearly perfect, except for the small but obnoxious group of snowflake demonstrators. What beef could they have with Kate Steinle, you ask? You’ll be sorry you did—the students said that the Republican student group was using Steinle’s memory to advance fascism and racism.
Students had no respect as they shouted the entire time Tahmas was trying to give his remarks in Steinle’s honor. Tahmas said they were shouting, “In the name of humanity, we refuse to accept a fascist regime.” What on earth does Kate Steinle’s murder have to do with fascism?
After the event, the students left the poster and flowers in place as a reminder to honor Kate’s death. The group simply wanted their fellow students to see it the next morning on their way to classes. Instead, they returned the next morning to a vandalized site. The poster was torn to shreds and left for all to see.
The Berkeley vandals are akin to another hate group, the crazed cult of the Westboro Baptist Church, who routinely show up at veteran funerals with signs like “You’re going to hell” and “Thank God for dead soldiers.” Is there any real difference? The similarities are eerie.
The group immediately let the public know what had happened by posting this on Facebook: “Last night we held a candlelight vigil in honor of Kate Steinle. This morning someone tore up our poster of her and threw it in the trash. This is typical at UC Berkeley, where honoring the legacy of someone who was killed by a 7-time felon and 5-time deportee is offensive.”
Unfortunately, these latest attempts are nothing new to the Berkeley College Republicans. They are quite familiar with the antics of the leftist students, including other vandalism and death threats. One student received so many death threats he transferred schools. His crime? Supporting Trump. Some of their members have been followed to their cars and followed to classes or the library in a very threatening and menacing way.
Berkeley is known for churning out snowflakes. After all, the uber-liberal institution had an empathy tent on campus designed as a safe space to give students a break. The little snowflakes trickled into the tent to vent a bit. One liberal student said “I’m angry about everything that’s going on. Free speech once sought to legitimize the oppressed, and now it has been appropriated to legitimize oppression. The right to free speech is different from the right to having a platform.”
And let’s not forget about the Ann Coulter debacle. She eventually cancelled her speech because the snowflakes virgin ears couldn’t abide hearing an opposing point of view.
The Republican group says they’ve had enough of the leftist ideological monopoly on campus. It amounts to censorship of ideas, plain and simple. Anytime they feel under threat, they lash out. They are trying to squelch freedom of speech, stamp out opposing views and spirit and frustrate and intimidate. The Republican students say it won’t work. They will continue to bring issues like Kate Steinle’s to light.