Shapiro writes at Conservative Review:
Last week, California State University, Los Angeles held a "healing space" event to provide a safe forum for students and professors to unleash their feelings about my campus speech in February, sponsored by the Young America's Foundation. That speech, you may recall, was originally canceled by university President William Covino.
After I decided to go to the campus anyway, hundreds of screaming students blocked doorways, assaulted prospective speechgoers and pulled the fire alarm mid-speech. Professors egged on the protesters; one even threatened student organizers. I was forced to enter through a back door and exit surrounded by a full phalanx of armed and uniformed officers, thanks to the near-riotous conditions outside. . . .
"The campus left, enthused by Sen. Bernie Sanders and sought by Hillary Clinton, calls anyone who disagrees a 'neo-KKK member'," Shapiro explains.
"The KKK, meanwhile, calls anyone who won't support Donald Trump a 'cuck.' This is what happens when basic American principles are no longer taught; this is what happens when grievance politics replace the principles of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States of America.
"Speaking in favor of free speech makes you a pariah for those who would control speech in order to build their utopia.
"So, what about those of us who despise both the KKK and the Black Lives Matter movement?" Shapiro asks. "What about those of us who think that white nationalism is despicable, and that the censorious brutality of the 'diversity' clique is gross?
"We've got a long road ahead of us," Shapiro concludes. "We'll have to teach a new generation, from scratch, that freedom and liberty still matter, regardless of race. We'll have to attempt to restore the notion of a social fabric, rather than the tribalism that now dominates the conversation. We'll have to stand tall against authoritarianism from both sides."