A week or two ago, Israeli Ambassador Oren spoke at my school, UC Irvine. He was interrupted 17 times by various members of the UCI Muslim Student Union. The 17 were arrested for violating free speech, and although 6 were actually from UC Riverside, the remaining "UCI 11" are pending discipline.
I have my thoughts, but that is unimportant for the moment. Not long after the arrests, a controversy at UC San Diego broke out concerning the annual "Compton Cookout." Shortly thereafter, a "minority student" hung a noose at the campus. Then, this opinion piece, in the UCI New University, came out, questioning the need for a black history month. Then there were some protests at UCI where rally'ers stormed the administration building and refused to leave the top floor. They were arrested. Just this week, another incident, involving a KKK-like pillowcase with eyeholes, was found at UCSD. Apparently, there were issues at UC Berkley and UC Santa Cruz as well.
Today, on behalf of the "Irvine 11," the Black Student Union and others (mostly members of the Muslim Student Union) staged a silent rally, a part of the UC BSU's "UC us now?" campaign, in the middle of the student center on Ring Road.
I was there for the action...