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.
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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