Burning an Anti-Transgenderism Book Gets Cheered by a College Professor - at the Birthplace of the Free Speech Movement

CORRECTS TO OMIT ANN COULTER- FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2017 file photo, a fire set by demonstrators protesting a scheduled speaking appearance by Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos burns on Sproul Plaza on the University of California, Berkeley campus. Right-wing showman Milo Yiannopoulos is holding a "Free Speech Week" at the University of California, Berkeley with a planned lineup including conservative firebrands Steve Bannon. The university says it has no confirmation the headline acts will appear but is preparing strong security to head off any more violent protests at the liberal campus. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

 

On Saturday, a professor at UC Berkeley did what people in the past might’ve expected a teacher from the school to never do.

On Twitter, Grace Lavery wrote what people in the present won’t be a bit surprised by.

The university, as you know, gained fame as the birthplace of the free speech movement.

But movements are sometimes like people — they die in the same place they were born.

Hence, Grace took to social media to condemn author Abigail Shrier’s Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters.

According to the post, Grace thinks no one should be defacing library books.

However, she’s keen on an alternative.

The teacher schooled the Twitterverse.

“Since some ppl have misunderstood my tone, and censorship is an important matter and as a public educator I have a duty to be precise, let me clarify: I do NOT advocate defacing library books. I DO encourage followers to steal Abigail Shrier’s book and burn it on a pyre.”

It was a bold choice, considering she works at a college — a place that exists, in part, for developing brains to be challenged by different ideas.

Then again, it seems the Big Idea in education these days is Not Too Many Ideas.

But one idea that’s not gone the way of parachute pants is safety.

Just ask the folks at Ben Shapiro’s 2016 speech at the University of Wisconsin — to protect themselves from word-sounds, a flock of frightened syllabiphobes stood to their feet and chanted that very word:

Back to Berkeley, Grace is a fan of being careful, too. She provided instruction for doing to books what some in Salem did to witches:

“Plz make sure you use a safe pyre, and that you have an extinguisher to hand. Be safe, when you are burning books.”

She also explained why book-burning is virtuous and theft is alright:

“Remember: all you’re doing is removing a commodity from circulation—much as one might destroy a contaminated crop, or take action if a distributor failed to do so.”

The book at issue’s gotten quite the…heat lately.

As covered by RedState’s Jeff Charles, Target pulled it from shelves last week.

The retail giant offered gratitude to an activist:

“Thank you so much for bringing this to our attention. We have removed this book from our assortment.”

The author pushed back:

“Does it bother anyone that Woke activists and spineless corporations now determine what Americans are allowed to read?”

Target later decided the ban wasn’t a bullseye:

“We want to offer a broad assortment for our guests and are adding this book back to Target.com. We apologize for any confusion.”

As for Professor (and, perhaps, not on-the-nose-named) Grace, she made a slight about-face herself in the form of saying she was just jokin’.

The academic went on to wax upon the similarity of lighting up literature and igniting an iBook:

Meanwhile, the LGB Alliance appears to be keeping its lighter pocketed.

And Chad Felix Greene, author of Without Context: Evaluating the Anti-LGBT Claims Against the Trump Administration, likes it:

A user named Heather? Not so much:

Will the book remain for sale? In these heavily edited times, it’s hard to say.

Meanwhile, I hope Grace writes one herself.

She’s probably holdin’ onto some intriguing tales from the sea; her Twitter bio describes her thusly:

“Cut-price Freddie Mercury, thug prof…demon, quince.”

Wait — I left one out:

“Cut-price Freddie Mercury, thug prof, octopus-f—-r, demon, quince.”

An interesting book, indeed.

Hopefully, no one will burn it.

-ALEX

 

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