Ben Shapiro isn’t known for keeping his opinions to himself and can sometimes push the envelope (watch Transgender Violently Threatens Ben Shapiro for Calling Him… ‘Sir’?!). So when we heard that his speech at a high school was interrupted because one of the administrators said he “crossed the line” and dismissed the students, it must have been huge. Racial joke about the President? Something about Hillary Clinton killing a man? Paying the JV cheerleading squad to do a Benghazi cheer?
Let’s have it…
In a video sent to TheBlaze, Shapiro is seen discussing the free market system and telling the group of students from Otay Ranch High School that a reason people remain in poverty is because they are atrocious at handling money — in response to which the high schoolers exclaimed and laughed. Immediately afterward assistant principal and Title IX officer, Dean Nafarrete, took the microphone from students who were waiting to speak with Shapiro, senior editor at large for Breitbart News, and prematurely dismissed them from the event.
“I’m at a point right now where, quite frankly, I’m going to dismiss students,” the administrator said to groans from the high schoolers. “With all due respect, Mr. Shapiro, Mr. Shapiro represents a narrative that he is providing to all of you guys based off of his opinion, what he believes and what he wants to share with all of you. I know that the education was there for all of you to understand, left-side, right-side, whatnot, but also the opportunity to allow for him to impress on you some of his opinions on certain things, and I think a lesson was there for you to understand.”
We’ve been writing a lot about college campuses lately, and how overprivledged students are afraid of opposing viewpoints. Now we see where they are getting it from.
Shapiro was about to bust wide open the erroneous idea that poor people are victims of the wealthy, that poor people are victims of whatever cause celeb is on the leftist menu of the day. That’s the precious leftist Bernie Sanders narrative: poor people are victims. Well along comes Shaprio who said “The reason people are permanently poor is because they suck with money.”
Of course he’s right. If you’ve had the same problem your entire life, look in the mirror. You’re the problem. Yes, actually, it is that simple. Temporary poverty is something most of us face in our lifetimes. It’s a rite of passage for lots of us, especially the younger years. That’s not what Shapiro was referring to and clarified that in his comments. But to be poor your entire life? You built that boat, time to sail it. Try not to drown.
~Written by Courtney Kirchoff