Jun 05 2017

Evergreen State College: Everything You Need to Know

Transcript as follows:

Hi everyone, bit of a different episode today – I know there’s a lot of crazy stuff in the news right now, but the big media networks are all over it. They’ve got you covered. But they’ve been mostly silent on what’s happening over at Evergreen State College in Washington, and this story is so huge and ridiculous that it’s gonna need the WHOLE video.

Basically, if you haven’t heard, the school has been taken over by a student mob demanding an end to homework, free gumbo, and police disarmament. Yeah. As of yesterday, the campus has even been closed and evacuated because of an unnamed threat. School officials say they don’t have any information as to whether the events are connected, but come on.

So first thing you need to know about this school, is that every year they have something called the Day of Absence. The Day of Absence was started up in the 1970s and traditionally, black students would spend a day together doing grassroots collective action activities off campus, so they’d get to work on cool activism stuff and white students and faculty members could take note on how those men and women are a vital part of their school community through a series of anti-racism workshops. And so it continued on, for about 40 years.

But this year, the First Peoples Mutlicultural Advising Services decided that white students would need to leave in order to provide a safe space for this to happen.

Enter biology professor Bret Weinstein who, back in March, sent an email to the event’s organizer, stating,
“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… 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…. On a college campus, one’s right to speak – or to be – must never be based on skin color.”

He then offered to hold a diversity event himself that would discuss race through a scientific lens because, you know, bio teacher?
All of that is only inciting incident number 1.

A trip over to Evergreen’s student newspaper, the Cooper Point Journal, brings us to a recent report of racism allegations stemming from a Facebook argument, because Facebook is worth starting a race war. One student, Jamil last-name-unknown, started up a call to action to get one particular class a majority “black/brown” class. Another student, Kai-Ave, who is ALSO a person of color, argued that such a call was reverse racism and reposted the call the action replacing “black/brown” with “white” to prove his point. It resulted in four days of heated debate that culminated in a physical confrontation on Sunday, May 14th.

Said confrontation made Kai-Ave call campus police, who took Jamil, the Facebook poster, and Timeko, the confronter, in for questioning. Students swarmed the police station until they were released, claiming that the confrontation shouldn’t be considered an “incident.” Stacy Brown, Evergreen’s Chief of Police, defended police actions, saying that they were only trying to ensure everyone’s safety, and that they had determined no crime had taken place.

Meanwhile, Timeko alleges that he wasn’t allowed to use the bathroom during the three hours of questioning. If true, that is, genuinely, messed up and a huge power trip on the part of campus police.

Monday evening, May 15th, about 100 students gathered in the library to discuss the police’s actions, and the gathering turned into general protesting around the treatment of people of color. The group then hoofed it over to the Campus Activities Building to disrupt a question forum for candidates for school administration.

Fast forward to May 23rd, when students get ahold of Bret Weinstein’s email.

Cue angry mob of students cornering Weinstein in a hallway, not allowing him to leave, and screaming at him – all while documenting it for social media. The group of students called him names, accused him of being racist, and demanded his resignation. He encouraged students to have a conversation, and attempted to explain his position and answer their questions – in turn, he was completely shut down and yelled at some more, with one kid saying, “We are not speaking on terms—on terms of white privilege. This is not a discussion. You have lost that one.”

When Weinstein flat out told the mob that he wasn’t resigning, they marched off through the campus, chanting for his resignation, and were soon met by campus police because you can’t just start an angry mob and expect people not to notice. This apparently made the students “fear for their lives,” so they decided to go occupy the library instead. They literally barricaded themselves in the library and decided this was the perfect opportunity to start making some demands. Naturally.

The president of the school, George Bridges, called a meeting for students and faculty, attempting to praise students for their courage, butttt it didn’t go well. So then he called another, more private meeting – well, that’s the official story. But according to the campus newspaper, what REALLY happened is that “Students escorted college administrators into President George Bridges’ office where they were kept until they heard the group’s concerns”

“Where they were kept.” So like, false imprisonment, maybe?

Among their demands were: being excused from homework, demanding he fire or suspend several staff members without pay, including Weinstein, demanding Bridges pay for a potluck that includes gumbo, a new department completely dedicated to diversty along with an affirmative action officer, mandatory sensitivity training, and police disarmament. Oh, they also decided on not allowing him to use the bathroom alone.

In a video of the incident, Bridges tries to explain to the students that he has klaustraphobia, and one woman compares it to racism, explaining that he has to be uncomfortable because they’re uncomcofrtable every day.

This was, again, documented on social media, and ironically protesters have a new list of demands, which includes getting rid of that video, because it was “stolen by white supremacists and edited to expose and ridicule the staff and students.” Number 1, no, you made yourselves look bad, and number 2, the internet is forever. Despite this, they say they want a full investigation and want to press charges.

Students also crashed a faculty and family meeting that was meant to honor certain protessions nominated for emeritus status. And then, THEN, the students go to the front of the room of what is basically a retirement party, and yell at the faculty and their families for eating cake rather than holing themselves up in the library with the “occupiers.” Seriously.

Things got so out of hand that police have asked Weinstein to leave campus, telling him that they couldn’t keep him safe. Students that came to his defense have also been singled out and threatened. It’s become a full on witch hunt, with protestors trying to hunt down Weinstein and his students. Oh, and in case you were wondering, the guy isn’t even a conservative. He voted for Bernie. Students have also been targeting other teachers, surrounding them in corners and yelling at them because that’s clearly what is going to get the job done.

But one of their biggest grievances, is that “Black trans disabled students are actively being sought out and confronted by campus police constantly.” Wait, what? Ooooh, did I not mention that Jamil, waaaaay back from the beginning of this video, is trans? Yeah, his online harassment of another student of color caused him to be “targeted by police” and harassed constantly. Supposedly. I mean, there might be other students at the school that this applies to, but the school only boasts about 200 black students, and if we follow general statistics of trans people taking up about 0.5% of the population, I doubt there are enough black, trans, disabled students, SPECIFICALLY, for this to be a systemic problem.

Students promised to occupy Bridges’s office and the library until their demands were met, so of course, he conceded, and promised them a potluck, no homework, a full-time affirmative action officer, and to build a new equity center, with the only caveats being he wasn’t firing anyone and wasn’t disarming the police.

And remember Kai-Ave Douvia, who made that counter Facebook post? The protesters, well, “protesters” have been holding rallies on how to silence him and have chased some of his friends not even off campus, but out of the city ENTIRELY. Campus police have been told to stand down in any and all incidents involving Weinstein and Kai-Ave, despite the fact that photos of Weinstein’s students have been circulating online with threats of physical violence and doxing. Protesters have also been stopping cars headed to campus, demanding information about the occupants.

And now, due to some unnamed, serious direct threat that no one has any information on, the school has been evacuated and shut down for two days. And, according to Campus Reform, on Thursday state lawmakers introduced plans to privatize the college and withdraw $24 million in state funding.

One of the students was quoted as saying that change is loud and messy and that can absolutely be true. But positive change doesn’t come from attempting to silence others or rallying people to your cause by harassing them until they don’t have a choice. Angry mobs may get things done, but an angry mob is nothing more than a gang. Using force and censorship makes you no better than the other guys. I don’t care if you’re black, white, brown, whatever, if you’re at a school where you feel so unsafe and oppressed that you need to barricade yourself in a library, start filling out transfer paperwork and get out of there! If all the students of color decided to just leave the school en masse, THAT would probably do a lot more than yelling at people and accusing them of being white-asses. Just saying.

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1 comment

  1. Max

    Poor Prof. (((Wienstein))). A Truly misunderstood (((white))) man I am sure :p

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