…there would be UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau. From the LA Times
“In the e-mail, sent Monday, Chancellor Robert J. Birgeneau condemned a “climate in which demonization of others goes unchallenged and hateful speech is tolerated.”
He continued, postulating on factors that may have motivated Jared Lee Loughner, the alleged gunman in Saturday’s shootings, in which six people died, including a 9-year-old girl, and 13 were injured, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.): ‘I believe that it is not a coincidence that this calamity has occurred in a state which has legislated discrimination against undocumented persons.'”
There’s been a lot of discussion on the “blame game” that inevitably begins after tragedies such as the Tucson shootings. But for attacks on free speech to come from a leader of UC BERKELEY? Talk about irony. If there is ever a place to witness the First Amendment in action – even “hateful speech” (entirely legal, BTW) – it’s a campus like Berkeley. I will note also, without getting too into it, the utter lack of logic between action by the Arizona legislature and the irrational actions of Jared Loughner.