Conservative activist Mason Weaver will return to Cal Poly on Tuesday to give a speech titled “Your Freedoms on Campus,” according to the university’s College Republicans organization.
Weaver, a former Black Panther, will address the issue of free speech on campus.
Weaver’s 2002 visit to Cal Poly spurred a free speech lawsuit filed by former Cal Poly student Steve Hinkle.
Hinkle, who is white, tried to post a flier at the Multicultural Center advertising Weaver’s visit in November 2002 when he was confronted by some black students who were about to have a club meeting in a lounge. The black students said they were offended by the flier, which said “It’s Okay to Leave the Plantation,” referring to the title of Weaver’s book.
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One student threatened to call campus police, according to the suit. Hinkle left without posting the flier.
In March 2003, the school’s judicial affairs office ruled that Hinkle violated a state regulation barring “obstruction or disruption” of campus functions — specifically, the Bible study the students said they were preparing to hold.
Hinkle sued, arguing that his free speech rights were violated, and Cal Poly agreed to pay Hinkle a $40,000 settlement, covering his legal bills.
Weaver’s talk is part of Freedom Week sponsored by the College Republicans. It will take place at 7 p.m. in Building 3, Room 213.
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