Washington’s Evergreen State College: School of oppressive progressives?
In a scathing look at how far intolerance has permeated the Far Left, the New York Times published an opinion piece Thursday headlined “When the left turns on its own” regarding the controversy over race at Evergreen State College near Olympia, Washington.
Friday, the school remains closed following an alleged Thursday telephone threat from someone claiming to be headed to the campus with a .44 Magnum with the intent of shooting “communist scumbags.”
This all erupted because the director of something called the “First People’s Multicultural Advising Services Program” reportedly asked white students to voluntarily stay off campus for what Seattle’s KIRO news said is “an anti-racist ‘day of absence’.”
What is “anti-racist” about essentially practicing racism against whites? That’s a question raised by Prof. Bret Weinstein, who teaches biology at a college that critics might suggest needs a few courses on geology because of all the rocks people have in their heads on that campus.
Long identified as one of the most far left liberal colleges in the country, Evergreen seems determined to outdo itself in the arena of far left notoriety.
Prof. Weinstein attempted to provide a learning moment for students who supported this day of white absence by writing:
“There is a huge difference between a group or coalition deciding to voluntarily absent themselves from a shared space in order to highlight their vital and under-appreciated roles (the theme of the Douglas Turner Ward play Days of Absence, as well as the recent Women’s Day walkout), and a group or coalition encouraging another group to go away. The first is a forceful call to consciousness which is, of course, crippling to the logic of oppression. The second is a show of force, and an act of oppression in and of itself.
“You may take this letter as a formal protest of this year’s structure, and you may assume I will be on campus on the Day of Absence. I would encourage others to put phenotype aside and reject this new formulation, whether they have “registered” for it already or not. On a college campus, one’s right to speak — or to be — must never be based on skin color.”
Weinstein perhaps committed what is considered a mortal sin at Evergreen by appearing on Fox News’ Tucker Carlson program to discuss his situation. As the New York Times noted, Weinstein “identifies himself as ‘deeply progressive.’” A fat lot of good that has done for him; there have been demands that he resign or be fired.
A video of a confrontation between Weinstein and a mob of students, according to the newspaper, “will make anyone who believes in the liberalizing promise of higher education quickly lose heart.”
At one point, Weinstein asks one of the people confronting him if they want to hear his answer, and the response from at least one woman is an audible “no.”
Apparently making matters worse, Evergreen President George Bridges reportedly ordered the campus police to “stand down” and the police subsequently advised Weinstein that they could not guarantee his safety.
A Republican state legislator, 13th District Rep. Matt Manweller, has introduced a bill to remove state funding from the college. While the legislation may not go very far, it might provide a learning experience for college administrators for the way this campus appears to have gotten out of control on their watch.
In layman’s terms, it would be an “object lesson.”