Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash., closed Thursday in response to a threat of violence, one week after campus police advised a white and “deeply progressive” professor that he might not be safe on campus following his opposition to a white-free “Day of Absence.”
Evergreen State College evacuated due to 'direct threat' amid racial tensions. College, warzone or both? https://t.co/h3j7VUeR6g
— Stefan Molyneux (@StefanMolyneux) June 1, 2017
Administrators, however, said there was no known connection between Friday’s threat and the student protests that put the school on the map a week before.
#BREAKING Evergreen State College closes for the day. Students asked to leave campus after a direct threat to campus safety.
— KING 5 News (@KING5Seattle) June 1, 2017
spokesperson: Campus closed for "abundance of caution" after threats of campus violence made by unknown person/group.
— Drew Mikkelsen (@drewmikkelsenk5) June 1, 2017
Evergreen State College spokesman Zach Powers says "threat of violence" caused school shutdown. Came in by 911 pic.twitter.com/nE3BdBFxAb
— Kevin McCarty (@KevinKIRO7) June 1, 2017
— Drew Mikkelsen (@drewmikkelsenk5) June 1, 2017
It would be quite a surprise if last week’s protests had nothing to do with the threat that closed the campus. As Bari Weiss wrote in the New York Times Thursday, biology professor Bret Weinstein’s only “crime” was having “the gall to challenge a day of racial segregation,” and yet the backlash was so great it led him to hold his class in a park off campus.
— Bari Weiss (@bariweiss) June 1, 2017
For expressing his view, Mr. Weinstein was confronted outside his classroom last week by a group of some 50 students insisting he was a racist. The video of that exchange — “You’re supporting white supremacy” is one of the more milquetoast quotes — must be seen to be believed. It will make anyone who believes in the liberalizing promise of higher education quickly lose heart. When a calm Mr. Weinstein tries to explain that his only agenda is “the truth,” the students chortle.
— Robb Smith (@RobbSmith) June 1, 2017
Here’s Weinstein in his own words:
Student mob demands "All Whites Leave Campus Or Else", holds Evergreen College professors & administration HOSTAGE from police assistance. pic.twitter.com/QGKVF8vFi2
— Missy America (@Missy_America) May 30, 2017
Read it and weep. American higher education is in a death spiral if citizens don't demand serious change. https://t.co/6Ay6oXOdL4
— Geoffrey Miller (@primalpoly) May 31, 2017
Were things really so bad that a professor would be advised to stay off of campus for a couple of days? If you haven’t seen videos of the protests, the answer would be an emphatic “yes.”
Evergreen student activists are demanding the university to take down all videos of their tantrum from the Internet https://t.co/cyNK9rkKua
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) May 31, 2017
Washington State Rep. Matt Manweller called for the “indoctrination factory” to be defunded.
Time to make Evergreen a private institution. Spending tax dollars on this indoctrination factory is malfeasance. https://t.co/8QkVjALU2n
— Matt Manweller (@MManweller) May 26, 2017
Defund Evergreen https://t.co/yUG64rNQ0x
— Matt Manweller (@MManweller) May 27, 2017
On Wednesday, Manweller unloaded on Evergreen State in a lengthy Facebook post addressed to the school’s administration.
My response the Evergreen administration. https://t.co/7Ty6uHG0qi
— Matt Manweller (@MManweller) May 31, 2017
Here’s just a sample:
Your students are an embarrassment. They are in no way “struggling with tension surrounding race, equity and inclusion.” They are struggling with an immeasurable sense of entitlement, self importance, and ignorance. These debates have nothing to do with equity and inclusion and everything to do with self-aggrandizing chest-thumping virtue signaling. Trust me when I tell you that no one is moved by their manufactured and insincere outrage.
Might I suggest that your administration consider refocusing Evergreen State College on the teaching of actual academics. Possibilities include, but are not limited to subjects such as: chemistry, physics, mathematics, literature, engineering, biology, accounting and business.
Unfortunately, as long as you are teaching your students that being offended is an accomplishment I suspect they won’t have many real accomplishments in their life.
Ouch. Definitely make time to read the whole thing.
The students involved should have their scholarships revoked.
— Rampart Media (@RampartMedia) May 31, 2017
Let us know where to send contributions to your campaign. I am tired of paying tax dollars to subsidize this. @EvergreenStCol
— Stephen Fotos (@sjfotos) June 1, 2017
Attention potential employers: when you see a resume with Evergreen State College listed under 'education' dump it in the trash. Crazies.
— Ted Davis (@tedsthetruth) June 1, 2017
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Amazing: Oberlin president says 'no' to students' list of demands, including black-only 'safe spaces' https://t.co/4dtPHiV29j
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) January 22, 2016