- The Washington Times - Friday, May 27, 2016

The president of California State University, Los Angeles recently held a “healing space” meeting where a professor claimed students felt “traumatized” and “brutalized” following an on-campus lecture by Ben Shapiro, a conservative commentator and former Breitbart News editor.

A video released Thursday by the Young America’s Foundation showed the May 17 meeting, in which university President William Covino brainstormed with faculty on ways to block speakers such as Mr. Shapiro from visiting the school in the future, The Blaze reported.

“I would have never invited anybody like Ben Shapiro on campus. Never,” Mr. Covino said in the clip. “He was invited by students, he was funded by students, he was supported by students. I would have never invited anybody like Ben Shapiro.”

Professor Melina Abdullah, chair of the college’s Pan-African Studies department, told Mr. Covino, “This is kind of this ongoing conversation about the specificity of anti-blackness, and that’s I think what we see with Ben Shapiro.”

She then called Mr. Shapiro a “neo-Nazi.”

“I get he’s Jewish, so that’s ironic that I’m calling him a neo-Nazi,” she said. “But that’s basically what he is, the equivalent. A neo-KKK member — let’s call him that.

“Students come into my office feeling traumatized, feeling brutalized — physically, emotionally and mentally,” Ms. Abdullah said.

Mr. Covino suggested the university adopt “a kind of policy or process or set of criteria” that potential speakers must meet in order to be hosted at the school.

“I’m convinced there will be a next time,” he lamented. “Very tragically and unfortunately we’re in a kind of climate nationally and locally in which this kind of provocation is occurring.”

Mr. Shapiro responded to the video in an interview with The Blaze.

“It seemed more like brutality when students were being assaulted and hustled into my lecture two at a time through back entrances, when I required a phalanx of cops just to get on and off campus, and when the students were trapped in a room for fear of violence just for wanting to hear me speak,” he said.

“The video just demonstrates that the left will slander conservatives without evidence, then use that slander as the basis for censorship,” he added. “I pay these people with my tax dollars.”

Ironically, Ms. Abdullah’s Pan-African Studies department on Wednesday hosted a forum with Angela Davis, a convicted criminal and 1960s Communist Party USA leader, The Blaze reported.

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