Opinion | Ben Shapiro is dangerous and here’s why

Madison Geihs, senior television writing and production major

Ben Shapiro, the young conservative’s hero, is coming to a private university near you. Watch as “the voice of reason” absolutely owns the “snowflakes” that dare stand in his way because their feelings are of no importance to the “facts.”

Facts do not care about your feelings,” Shapiro frequently says, but he has the facts all wrong.

Chapman Republicans, I know that it is probably difficult for you to be all alone at your “liberal” private university in the most conservative part of California, but hear me out. Shapiro’s ideologies are dangerous and unacceptable. As the left and right, we can debate about the pros and cons of being economically conservative, but it is another thing to deny the humanity of transgender people, people of color, and the Muslim community.

Let me tell you why Shapiro is delusional, and I know that’s a bold statement coming from little old me: a 22-year-old woman who didn’t go to Harvard Law School like Shapiro, but instead almost has a bachelors of fine arts degree in television writing and production. Nevertheless, the ideas that Shapiro promotes are unquestionably dangerous to marginalized people.

Shapiro prides himself in refusing to use the preferred pronouns of transgender and nonbinary folks because, as you might have guessed, “facts don’t care about your feelings,” and he believes that our language should be scientifically accurate. That’s cute and all, but it fails to acknowledge a few things.

First, chromosomes and the biological characteristics of a person’s sex were not discovered until after the linguistic implementation of the terms “he” and “she,” according to Harvard Magazine. Pronouns were never meant to describe a person’s biological sex, but their overall presentation in society, explained more articulately by YouTuber Contrapoints in her “Pronouns” video.

Secondly, Shapiro’s Western construction of the gender binary leaves out generations of transgender and nonbinary people in indigenous communities. It also refuses to include people that are intersex, which consists of a range from one in 1,500 to one in 2,000 people.

Shapiro’s stubbornness is not just impolite and inaccurate, but is also violent. The average life expectancy of a transgender woman of color is only 30 to 32 years old, and this devastating statistic is in part due to transphobic remarks made by people like Shapiro that can create an uptick in transphobic violence. Gender nonconforming folks have been around for centuries, and that’s a fact. Get with the program, Ben.

Shapiro also claims that we are living in a post-racial society. From one white person to another, you must be joking. Black people are incarcerated at more than five times the rate of whites, and one in six black men will spend time in prison at some point in their lives, according to the NAACP. To say that there is a difference in crime rates amongst these two races would be inaccurate.

Shapiro claims that there are no current laws that are racially discriminatory, but he has to know better. Politicians do their best to keep black people out of the political system in invisible ways, as they’ve have done for decades. The effects of slavery, Jim Crow laws and segregation do not magically disappear just because you say so. Shapiro’s blatant Islamophobia is best described in one of his tweets, “Israelis like to build. Arabs like to bomb crap and live in open sewage.”

He further clarified that he didn’t mean all Arab people, just Palestinian, as if that makes it better.

Shapiro’s blatant Islamophobia is best described in one of his tweets, “Israelis like to build. Arabs like to bomb crap and live in open sewage.”

He further clarified that he didn’t mean all Arab people, just Palestinian, as if that makes it better.

Islamophobia is inherently violent, and Shapiro’s name was brought up in court in the case of the Quebec City mosque massacre. The terrorist searched through Shapiro’s Twitter feed 93 times leading up to the shooting, among other alt-right social media personalities. The fact is, Shapiro’s ideas are hateful and unreasonable.

Having seen all of these remarks, it is not a question of if Ben Shapiro should be invited to speak on our campus, but why? Why should someone who consistently advocates against the humanity of marginalized people be so welcomed by not only Chapman, but society at large? Why is this praised, acceptable and unconcerning to many?

These ideas are not unique to Shapiro, and they are not new, either. Intolerance and hate have been around forever, and it is up to us to continue to fight for the respect and equality of all people (which is not fascism, Ben). Because you cannot be neutral on a moving train, what are you going to do about it?