The Positive Scenes At Berkeley The Mainstream Media Isn't Showing You

It's not all fighting.

If you've been watching the news recently, you probably know the University of California Berkeley has been engulfed in political firestorms.

For weeks, cable news channels like Fox News and CNN were running clips of violent interactions between so-called neo-nazis and Antifa, or radical anti-fascist groups. Most recently, conservative firebrand Ann Coulter had to cancel a speech on Berkeley's campus after threats of violence from Antifa groups forced sponsors to pull out.

What they aren't showing is some of the positive political discourse happening on campus. 

Of course, that kind of coverage may not make for good ratings, but it does make for a good look at Americans engaging in productive discussions. One clip, posted online by BuzzFeed news, shows a group of Trump supporters and a Berkeley student having an insightful, respectful dialogue about Islam.


In the video, a young man and a young woman, who clearly are not agreeing, find a way to talk rationally through their experiences. At the end, the two find some common ground.

"I'm just saying it would be easier if we all knew everything we were talking about," the woman says. "Not everything proclaimed in the media is how Islam is."

"Oh yeah, absolutely," the man said. "I agree I made some generalizations."

The clip comes in the wake of riots around Milo Yiannopoulos's visit to Berkeley, a viral video of a man punching a woman in the face, and the ACLU having to defend Ann Coulter's right to free speech after her appearance was canceled. 

Even though Coulter didn't appear, protestors did. Still, the scene at Berkeley took a positive step forward with no violent incidents

Cover photo: Shutterstock / cdrin


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