At the Battle for Berkeley event Thursday night, a young woman stood up and asked speaker Sunsara Taylor, a radical leftist advocate and self-described communist, to acknowledge common ground she had come to with an opponent.
"I actually... I hate to say it but I don't think that was a point of common ground," Taylor countered as the packed classroom erupted in jeers and shouts.
The event, held in the Hearst Field Annex, featured Taylor leading a contentious debate to "drive fascists off campus," according to a flier. The audience was composed of people from all parts of the political spectrum, most of whom were many years older than the typical undergraduate.