The Washington Times reports that a mob of students at Evergreen State College ganged up on a professor who wrote an email questioning the propriety of a school event in which white people were "invited" to leave campus for a day.
The “Day of Absence & Day of Presence” is an annual event at the Washington state liberal arts school which took place last month this year. Students and non-white faculty traditionally leave campus for the day to hold team-building exercises and demonstrate their importance to the community through their absence. The white students and faculty remain on campus to attend anti-racism workshops and seminars. Because all whites are in need of enlightenment about their inherent racism and white privilege, don't ya know.
This year the school reversed that procedure, and in an email to Rashida Love, the director of First Peoples Multicultural Advising Services at Evergreen, biology professor Bret Weinstein, who is white, said he intended to stay on campus.
“On a college campus, one’s right to speak— or to be —should never be based on skin color,” he wrote in a March 15 email posted to social media Wednesday.
That seemingly reasonable opinion prompted a confrontation recorded by at least one of the protesters and posted to Facebook. The video shows Weinstein fruitlessly attempting to reason with a mob that shouts at him, curses at him, and ultimately chants for his resignation.
“There’s a difference between debate and dialectic,” Weinstein pleads in the video. “Debate — wait a second — debate means you are trying to win; dialectic means you are using disagreement to discover what is true. I am not interested in debate. I am only interested in dialectic, which does mean I listen to you, and you listen to me.”
One student responds, “We don’t care what terms you want to speak on. This is not about you. We are not speaking on terms—on terms of white privilege. This is not a discussion. You have lost that one.”
In other words, white people no longer have a right to debate or even conversation. That's what has become of our college campuses -- the nonwhite students and their white allies lecture the white professors, who are expected to shut up and take the abuse or resign.
One student in the video accuses Weinstein of making racist comments and demands an apology. Weinstein denies it.
Another asks him whether he believes “black students in the sciences are targeted.” Weinstein replies, “I do not believe that anybody on our faculty, with intent, specially targets students of color.”
Not the answer the mob was looking for. It drew shrieks of outrage, and one student said, “Yeah, resign.”
“I’m not resigning,” Weinstein responds, but the mob leaves, marching through the campus chanting, “Hey hey! Ho ho! Bret Weinstein has got to go!”
Evergreen students, who seem to have a lot of time on their hands to complain about oppression, also held mass demonstrations Wednesday over alleged racism on campus, surrounding the president’s office and barricading themselves in the library with furniture, according to the Times.
College spokesman Zach Powers told the school paper, “The college is working with the group to address their issues... We remain committed to providing a great education to all students.”
Here's how Evergreen State and other institutions of higher learning can provide a great education to the students who truly want one: expel every student who doesn't.