Evergreen State College Faculty Sign Letter Supporting Students Accused Of Abusing Professor

theevergreenstate640_c0-0-640-373_s885x516We previously discussed the proposal at Evergreen State College to have all white faculty, staff, and students leave campus for a day as part of a “Day of Absence” to raise awareness of the contribution of the black community.   Evergreen State College biology professor Bret Weinstein made a reasoned objection to the plan for this year’s “Day of Absence.” As shown in a videotape, there was a mob scene around Weinstein as students called him a racist and called for his resignation.  Protests have denounced his “anti-blackness” and demanded his removal from teaching.  Now, the faculty at Evergreen State College has sent a letter to students supporting the protesters and their demands for  disciplinary action of Prof. Weinstein.

The faculty called for none of the students to be disciplined under “the misguided language of the current Student Conduct Code.”  The letter also calls for actions to counter “alt-right narratives that are demonizing Evergreen and Day of Absence specifically.” The most disturbing call for action is the last:

Demonstrate accountability by pursuing a disciplinary investigation against Bret Weinstein according to guidelines in the Social Contract and Faculty Handbook. Weinstein has endangered faculty, staff, and students, making them targets of white supremacist backlash by promulgating misinformation in public emails, on national television, in news outlets, and on social media.

The videotape of the students was appalling it their treatment of Weinstein and I fail to see why Weinstein’s objections to this discriminatory proposal is worthy of investigation.

The 71 professors state that they are “angry and frustrated and concerned” but seem little concerned for academic freedom or free speech, a growing failure among faculty in other schools (as demonstrated recently at Northwestern).  I fail to see why Weinstein should be investigated in standing up against a deeply troubling proposal and arguing that “On a college campus, one’s right to speak — or to be — must never be based on skin color.”

Racial protests have occurred all year and in January, according to the student newspaper the Cooper Point Journal, students grabbed a microphone during a ceremony welcoming the new police chief and chanted “F— cops!”  There is a concern that Evergreen could face that same downward spiral of University of Missouri after a series of protests over racisms and demands to reforms.  We have discussed how the school is now faced with plunging enrollments and budget problems.

President George Bridges has refused to take any action against the students and agreed with protesters to require mandatory cultural competency training for all faculty and staff.  He has also ordered a comprehensive effort to combat what minority students describe as a hostile environment.


Rep-Manweller-4The letter is likely to exacerbate tensions with legislators who are looking at options for stripping funds from the college and even forcing it to go private (a move that could result in the closure of the school).  Republican State Rep. Matt Manweller is leading the effort.  Manweller wants the school to move into private ownership over five years. It could be a tough transition in this economic environment after the state withdraws its $24 million in capital funding currently allocated under the state budget.

Threats have led to closures on campus.  Weinstein himself was not allowed to teach in his classroom but instead meet his students in a park out of fear of violence. He wrote about that decision:

This presented traditional independent academic minds with a choice: Accept the plan and let the intellectual descendants of Critical Race Theory dictate the bounds of permissible thought to the sciences and the rest of the college, or insist on discussing the plan’s shortcomings and be branded as racists. Most of my colleagues chose the former, and the protesters are in the process of articulating the terms. I dissented and ended up teaching in the park.


Here is the letter: Faculty letter

118 thoughts on “Evergreen State College Faculty Sign Letter Supporting Students Accused Of Abusing Professor”

  1. A Washington State representative (sorry, forgot his name) wrote to the Evergreen president, and the money quote was “if you teach your students that being offended is an accomplishment, they will never have any real accomplishments in their life.”

  2. What strikes me about the students and faculty/administration is how deeply authoritarian they all are. That, and they are all deeply cruel.

    Weinstein wrote a thoughtful, passionate response to the idea that it was appropriate to force white people to leave the campus for a day. Agree or disagree with his response, Weinstein’s argument should have been met with reasoned discussion.

    Instead students surrounded him screaming. They instituted a number of measures of which, homeland security would be very proud! Too bad they didn’t have military weapons but they went the distance as best they could. Then the faculty smelled blood in the water. Nice to know that at least one member of the faculty feels people don’t have a right to defend themselves–anywhere! Well, ok then. Give that woman a job at DHS or maybe United Airlines! Clearly, the students and faculty have taken the police state as their model of action. You are guilty of whatever they say. You will be threatened, harassed, spied on and possibly even yanked out of a car and threatened with violence for the crime of disagreeing with a policy.

    As this is a state school, the faculty member in question has this quite wrong. Weinstein still has rights. Oh, the horror of it! He has rights! Rather than making the school private, it definitely needs to remain public where there is some recourse to the rule of law. Otherwise, things will descend completely into a dangerous cult of group think enforced by violence.

    A better solution might be to require every student in every college, public or private to participate in community service by their second year at school–perhaps building a house for habitat for humanity. To complete a house requires working together. It makes irrelevant, all the worry about who is being micro aggressed by whom. Every third year all faculty and staff should be required to do the same thing. It would be a part of public service required by one’s terms of employment.

    I bring this up because I feel a large part of our society has lost the capacity to care about/for others. They are willing to behave in a cruel, vindictive manner towards their fellow human beings. People are drawing “strength” by bonding together over hating and hurting others. If we want a changed society we need to bond together in a spirit of good will, of helping others, even people we don’t agree with or personally like.

    As of now, the students and faculty/administration have modeled themselves on the police state. That works out very well for this type of authoritarian society as the acceptance and practice of police state tactics must be followed by the greatest number of citizens possible. That’s what keeps a police state thriving. A police state gets rid of dissenters by violence, cruelty and hate.

    Step away from the police state and it will crumble.

    1. You said, “As of now, the students and faculty/administration have modeled themselves on the police state. That works out very well for this type of authoritarian society as the acceptance and practice of police state tactics must be followed by the greatest number of citizens possible. That’s what keeps a police state thriving. A police state gets rid of dissenters by violence, cruelty and hate. Step away from the police state and it will crumble.”

      I don’t agree at all. I think they have just modeled themselves on a lynch mob, or bizarre religious cult. The only way the “state” has contributed to this mess, is by not expelling these kinds of freaks when they first start trying to intimidate people.

      I think maybe you are getting to a point where you see a “police state” behind every problem.

      Squeeky Fromm
      Girl Reporter

      1. How is this not a police state Squeeky? I agree that mobs and bizarre religious cults are also accurate descriptions of the behavior. But I think it very unwise to ignore how closely their behavior models the police state which is USGinc. People on the left and the right have a police state mentality now. It’s a very dangerous situation. It makes our nation ripe for totalitarianism with few people willing to stand up against it. Because so many people essentially agree with police state tactics-that being, rights for me but not for thee!–you will have every person of conscience silenced in a heartbeat. That’s exactly the threshold upon which our nation stands.

        1. You’re right, Jill: We are living in a police state. That some here don’t see it, only means that they’re not seeing it, yet.)


          Expansive Protections Against Police Abuses Win Approval in Providence

          BY SHAHID BUTTAR JUNE 2, 2017

          On Thursday night, the capital of the smallest state in the union adopted a wide-ranging police reform measure with national and historic implications. The Providence City Council voted 13-1 to adopt the Providence Community-Police Relations Act, which had generated controversy for the very same reason that it was ultimately adopted: it protects a sweeping array of civil rights and civil liberties (including digital rights championed by EFF) from various kinds of violations by police officers, all in a single measure.

          Included within the Act are protections to prevent police from arbitrarily adding young people to gang databases, providing notice to youth under 18 if they are so designated, and allowing adults an opportunity to learn whether they have been included. It also forces police to justify any use of targeted electronic surveillance by imposing a requirement that officers first establish reasonable suspicion of criminal activity. Last but far from least, the Act protects the civilian right to observe and record police activities, which—combined with technology such as cell phones, video, and social media—has recently proven crucial in inspiring a multi-racial social movement responding to long festering abuses.

          (…just a portion of the article.)

              1. Yes. COINTELPRO (and variations thereof) is alive and well. And it’s killing people in any number of different ways: homicides, suicides, premature deaths.

                (For any interested parties who may have missed this:

                https://youtu.be/VK5rHqiJXgM )

    2. Jill,
      ” If we want a changed society we need to bond together in a spirit of good will, of helping others, even people we don’t agree with or personally like.”

      You are right that this is necessary. But this goal has been hamstrung. In order to learn and have these values reinforced they must be instilled through frequent consideration and practice. Where do people learn to love their neighbor and ask ‘who is my neighbor?’ and where generosity and community-building is expected and encouraged? Not school–that is a place of competition, hierarchies, and grouping people by age and abilities.

      Churches (a loose term for a place of some kind of worship) embody this when done well. The decline in religious participation is detrimental for a good society. It does not matter whether or not a person believes in God. Plenty of atheists attend Unitarian churches. What matters is the involvement in a community that strives to live out the values of generosity, kindness, compassion, mercy, humility, of caring for others in need, no matter who they are or whether they are likeable, etc.

      These values can be taught and reinforced within a family, but to have a community to help strengthens these bonds and values to a greater degree.

      “We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion . . . Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” John Adams

      Robert Winthrop, Speaker of the U. S. House, “Men, in a word, must necessarily be controlled either by a power within them or by a power without them; either by the Word of God or by the strong arm of man; either by the Bible or by the bayonet.”

      Benjamin Franklin, Signer of the Declaration of Independence “[O]nly a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.”

  3. Meanwhile, Breaking News from those Racists and Sexists in Blue California!

    REVEALED: Three out of four African-American boys in California don’t meet state reading requirements

    The data showed that 75% of African-American boys failed to meet reading and writing standards on their tests and more than half of black boys scored in the lowest category on the English part of the test.


    Which strangely gets tangled up into a “Girls do better than boys spin”???. Notice the headline, and then notice the link.

    Anyway, going on 70 years since Brown v. Board of Education, which was supposed to cure everything.

    Squeeky Fromm
    Girl Reporter

    1. I was in high school when our small town was first integrated. I remember being quite hopeful that it would begin the cure, and would be complete in 12 years when the black children had completely gone through grades 1 – 12 in an integrated education system. Sadly, it didn’t work out that way. The teachers had to teach down to the lowest level, and that has never changed. The black kids who joined our 11th grade class literally could not read.

      I don’t know what the answer is, but I think raising expectations would be a good start.

      1. That, and do a de facto re-segregation of the school system by returning to strictly neighborhood schools. That way White People won’t have to move to the suburbs to get away from rowdy and disruptive blacks, or have to put their kids in private schools.

        Because the simple fact is, the slow learning blacks are only holding back the quick learning whites, and everybody is suffering from it. Plus, maybe white people can start having a positive image of schools in those districts where there are large black populations. People who live in largely white areas don’t have these sorts of problems.

        Plus, get rid of all the darn illegals, and quit wasting money trying to teach dozens of different languages to kids. from where ever. If it was me, if I had immigrants in my system, they would spend one or two years in English immersion classes, before they ever hit the main part of school.

        Squeeky Fromm
        Girl Reporter

        1. Its called ESL, English as a Second Language.

          You could learn more about how it is done.

  4. We certainly have come a long way on college campuses, from wondering about how many students would fit into a phone booth …..

    1. I assure you that the students who live on almost all sides of me often continue to do things equally as important.

    2. Jay S – they changed the phone booths, but prior to that, scientific papers were written for peer reviewed journals about how many students you could get in a phone booth. This is going back a long way, but if memory serves, it has to do with gender, size, clothing, amount of alcohol and willingness to be shoved into a small booth. There was also something about time of year, I think early fall was the optimum time. There was never an optimum number, because the researchers felt it was possible to find smaller, drunker and less clothed people to participate. For some reason, it was best if all the stuffees were male.

  5. Benson,…
    You’ve gone backvand forth with “not his fault” as far as tge Evergreen president’s responsibily, to emphasizing that the” board of regents hires and fires the president” to that “doesn’t absolve the president of responsibilty”.
    You’ve made statements that indicate that you think the board of regents has the real power in handling this mess at Evergreen.
    Is that your position? It would be better not to respond with one of your pithy, weasel word “responses’ like “Not the way it works.
    That’s a copout, not an answer.

    1. After learning some of the president’s actions, I, disapproving of those acts, pointed out that it is up to the board of regents to determine whether they, in their collective wisdom, wish to keep him. That is the usual course for most boards of regents, but the situation at Evergreen State College is quite unusual so I offer no opinion on what might happen.

      What has happened here in Pullman is that Washington State University has already appointed two more administrators with duties which suggest that they are to fend off any Evergreen style revolt from occurring here.

      Now WSU is big enough that this just means two fewer research faculty positions, maybe a sensible response to the current situation. Whatever, it will be harder for Evergreen State College and I would rather that the president there had taken a different stance, more along the lines that Turley suggests.

      Ok now?

      1. OK….I was reacting to your earlier statement when you doubted that this was the president’s fault.
        It sounded like you were letting him off the hook for how he (mis) handled the situation.
        Thanks for the clarification.

        1. From what I subsequently learned, I now opine that the board of regents needs to, at a minimum, have a serious conversation with their president.

    2. Like all other progressives, he has no principles, just improvisations which are of use in his multi-phase battle with THEM. THEM is us, among others.

      1. Dds once again demonstrates it doesn’t know what it is writing about.

  6. And we wonder why college graduates can’t find employment.
    I suggest three possibilities: (1) their professors in the main don’t know anything, (2) their professors don’t know anything that matters, or (3) their professors lack judgment. However, always the optimist with two kids in higher education, I know that the majority of the students in universities today recognize the difference between education and the crap they are often fed by their teachers.

    1. The students and their parents have a more significant role in this than the professors. The most critical factor in post-college employment is the student’s major. Too many students go to college because they want the “college experience” of parties, sex and social justice warrior sociology classes. They are the ones who won’t get jobs. Anyone who graduates with a degree in engineering, accounting or nursing will have no trouble finding employment, but many American students aren’t willing to work that hard. That’s why most engineering and computer science students are foreigners, and the SJW snowflakes are spoiled, lazy Americans.

      1. I agree totally. The unfortunate thing is that universities encourage the “soft” majors because, quite frankly, they are easier thereby making it less likely that the students (particularly treasured minority students or athletes) don’t flunk out of school and wreck the school’s numbers. Racism is part of this. The schools don’t think that the minority students are smart enough to major in rigorous disciplines so they direct them into the easier majors, resulting in their inability to get jobs upon graduation.

        While I do not absolve parents completely, many, especially those who are not themselves college educated, do not recognize the difference for job purposes between majoring in engineering or nursing on the one had and majoring in modern Frisian culture on the other hand.

        When my daughter graduated college, some of her fellow graduates were Chinese nationals, born and raised in China, who were graduating with degrees in Chinese studies. Silly, right?

        1. Reminds me of a conversation I had with a co-worker many years ago. She was a Special Agent for a federal agency, and a first-generation Hispanic. She commented that her brother graduated from Stanford. I responded with something along the lines of, “Oh, that’s great! What’s he doing now?” And she replied, “He’s a mailman.” Now, there’s nothing wrong with being a mailman, but it’s not what I would expect of a Stanford grad, so my next question was: “What was his major?” Her reply: “Mexican-American Studies.” Oh. End of conversation.

        2. I agree totally. The unfortunate thing is that universities encourage the “soft” majors because,

          Again, fully 61% of those earning baccalaureate degrees follow vocational courses of study (business, teacher-training, nursing, athletics &c). The most troublesome programs of any prevalence are ‘education’ (accounting for about 5.5% of all bacclaureate degrees), English literature and allied disciplines (2.8%), social work (1%), anthropology (0.7%), sociology (1.7%), studio art (0.7%), and, of course, miscellaneous victimology programs (0.5%). One should be very wary of wide swaths of coursework in American history, art history and criticism, and the human-behavior wing of psychology as well.

  7. College students ASK to attend their schools. Any students that disrupt the educational process should dismissed immediately. The same should apply to their 71 faculty supporters.

    1. There are reasons why college faculty are granted tenure.

      1. It’s a bauble for them. It does very little to ensure a vibrant intellectual climate.

        1. It is central to it. You could read the history of why tenure is central.

  8. Just another sign of how we are coming apart at the seams, Balkanizing. I want a divorce!

    JT better be careful or the same tolerant SJW types will be coming after him too.

    1. The politician went to Cal State, according to Wikipedia.

      The actress?

      How is the question relevant?

    2. Maxine Waters was born in Missouri in 1938, the 5th of 13 children, to Velma and Remus Carr. Her father abandoned his family when she was 2 (although her mother continued to have 8 additional children.) She graduated from high school in St. Louis. Her family moved to Los Angeles, and she later graduated from Los Angeles State College (now called Cal State, L.A.) in 1970 (at age 32), with a B.A. in sociology. Michelle Obama also has a B.A. in sociology, as does Tiffany Trump.

      1. “Her father abandoned his family when she was 2 (although her mother continued to have 8 additional children.)”

        Yep. Nothing like digging that hole a little deeper.

        Squeeky Fromm
        Girl Reporter

  9. The squeaky wheel is getting the grease and the college president needs to be fired.

      1. Of course you doubt it.
        There’s no reason for you to believe that the college president has any responsibilty for, or control over, events on campus.

        1. Having had an academic career, I believe I know the role of the president.

          1. Good for you…I see from your next comment that you view that college president as a puppet of the board of regents.
            If true, that’s a handy way of absolving him of any responsibity.
            I have no doubt that you fully understand and appreciate campus politics and the art of ass-kissing.

            1. Doesn’t absolve the president of responsibility but it remains the case that the board hires and fires the president.

              1. When you say that you “doubt that this is his fault”, it sure sounds like you’re absolving him of responsibilty.
                The college president either has some authority and responsibility, or he’s a stooge of the regents in fear of his job if he upsets them.

                    1. Tnash — Start over below to ask a sensible question. On my mobile device the replies to replies become too narrow to follow.

                1. Clearly, it’s the fault of the racist student activists and a certain percentage of their faculty enablers. However, by his craven capitulation to the absurd demands of the racist students, he’s shown himself utterly unfit for the job. Prof. Weinstein, apparently the only person directly involved in the matter who has any sanity at all, said he believes that President Bridges has to go. This was on the Rogan podcast, that somebody referenced above (BTW, it’s an outstanding in depth discussion that everybody should check out). The Board of Trustees’ next scheduled meeting is June 15. Their online portal opens for comments a week before that:


      2. Actually, if you research it, it really is almost entirely his fault.

        1. He’s an outsider
        2. He’s a long time social justice warrior
        3. He made enormous screw ups in his handling of this, giving in to demands time after time
        4. He was the first member of staff or faculty to blame Weinstein for it
        5. He has continued to support the students even as they ask for evermore ridiculous things

      3. David Benson – being a spineless twit and not showing backbone to these cretins is his fault. And that is not the qualities you want in a college president.

        1. It is if you want the place to be a sandbox for its faculty. The vast majority of faculty want that.

      4. When a minority of drunk Iowa State students rioted yet again during an annual campus event, the president cancelled that wonderful event for the foreseeable future. The president can nip destructive behavior in the bud.

  10. Evergreen has the worst record in the state among public universities for personal income of its graduates. In the lower percentile, students were only slightly better than those having only high school diplomas. The median income was only $37,000 which is $17.79 per hour for a full-time employee. (compared with $50,000 for UW) The 75th percentile for TESC was lower than the median for UW.

    Graduation rate:

    UW (University of Washington)
    4 years 57%
    6 years 81%
    8 years 83%

    TESC (The Evergreen State College)
    4 years 43%
    6 years 57%
    8 years 59%

    Reported Crime rates are significantly greater at TESC compared with UW

    General Crime 59.3 per 10K students
    Sexual Assault 14.2
    Hate Crime 4.7

    General Crime 39.5
    Sexual Assault 4.2
    Hate Crime 0.7

    Since race is a major component of the conflict students have at TESC, here is the breakdown of students enrolled by race and citizenship:


    White 65.6%
    Hispanic 9.7%
    2 or More Races 8.0%
    Race Unknown 5.9%
    Black or African American 4.9%
    Asian 2.8%
    American Indian or Alaska Native 2.4%
    Non U.S. Citizen 0.3%
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0.3%


    White 46.3%
    Asian 19.7%
    Non U.S. Citizen 15.4%
    Hispanic 6.7%
    2 or More Races 5.7%
    Race Unknown 2.9%
    Black or African American 2.4%
    American Indian or Alaska Native 0.5%
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0.4%

    In digest TESC has greater percentages of Hispanic, Mixed Race, Black, and Native American,

    TESC has a higher percentage of White students.
    Asian and Non U.S. Citizens are significantly greater at UW. These offset the White student percentage at TESC.

    The oddity is that TESC students of recent have made such a great uproar of how minority students are not accommodated by the college, yet other than is the case with Asians, they have a greater percentage of minority students than the UW does.

  11. Re: There is a concern that Evergreen could face that same downward spiral of University of Missouri after a series of protests over racisms and demands to reforms

    The University of Missouri may have hit rock bottom and reformed.


    University of Missouri adopts commitment to free speech, new guidelines on campus expressive activity
    By Azhar Majeed June 2, 2017

    In a welcome development for students’ and faculty members’ First Amendment rights, the University of Missouri, Columbia (Mizzou) has adopted both a policy statement committing the university to free speech principles as well as a series of policies related to free expression, assembly, and protest designed to provide robust protections for campus expressive activity.

    Mizzou, of course, made national headlines when student protests broke out on campus in the fall of 2015. In addition to drawing attention to their cause, the student protesters’ expression highlighted the need to improve protections for freedom of speech at colleges and universities throughout the country.

    Yesterday, Mizzou did just that.

    First, in a policy statement committing the university to free speech principles, Mizzou affirms that “[f]reedom of expression is indispensable to a university’s ability to transmit knowledge and is fundamental to the ability of members of a university community to discover, explore, interpret, and question knowledge.” The statement goes on to provide that “the University’s fundamental commitment is to the principle that debate or deliberation may not be suppressed because the ideas put forth are thought by some or even by most members of the University community to be offensive, unwise, immoral, or wrong-headed.”

    This policy statement is based largely upon the University of Chicago’s “Report of the Committee on Freedom of Expression,” better known as the “Chicago Statement.” As our readers know, FIRE has touted the Chicago Statement as a model free speech policy statement and, since its introduction in 2015, we have urged colleges and universities across the country to follow the University of Chicago’s lead by similarly committing themselves in official policy to open inquiry and robust debate.

    We are pleased that Mizzou has become the latest institution to adopt its own variation of the Chicago Statement. Not only are students and faculty members at Mizzou better off for it, but we hope the policy’s adoption will inspire other schools to act similarly.

    In addition to this policy statement, Mizzou has adopted a series of policies that uphold the right of students and professors to engage in peaceful protest, demonstrations, and other expressive activity protected by the First Amendment…

  12. I’m sorry about all this and I hope that the matters can be resolved.

    1. But it can’t be resolved until people like you learn to STFU, and start thinking for a change. Close mouth, and open brain.

      What does anyone expect from a couple of generations of Negroes who have been told over and over how special they are, and how they’ve been mistreated by White People, and hey, looting a shoe store is just peachy if you are mad about something. They have been raised by savage, ignorant, single black mothers in large part, and never subjected to the socializing influence of a father in the household.

      While you are in STFU mode, try reading Colin Flaherty’s “Don’t Make The Black Kids Angry”, or Taleeb Starkes’ “The Uncivil War,”

      In the meantime, don’t expect anything different here than what you get from Palestinian parents teaching their kids that it is OK to kill Jews.

      Squeeky Fromm
      Girl Reporter

    2. “I’m sorry about all this and I hope that the matters can be resolved.”

      So your the guy that started this on college campuses all over the country???


      1. Yeah, he really is! He’s one of the guys (Liberal Democrats) who’s always calling people “racist” every time they disagree with their politics. And who ignore a 72% illegitimate black birth rate, and instead blame white people for black poverty.

        That kind of stuff, and acting like imbeciles over Trayvon Martin, and Michael “The Gentle Giant” Brown, — over the past 40-50 years is a good part of the reason why the black savages above feel entitled to whatever they want, and figure if they get savage enough, and loud enough, and use the “R” word enough, then they will get their way.

        Ooops, I think I just busted my spleen, venting it so much! Oh, 911! 911! Swing low, sweet chariot. . .


        Squeeky Fromm
        Girl Reporter

    3. Awww, such a sweet, sweet liberal. Just go ahead and strip yourself of that liberal racist white privileged that you are. Stop telling black folks how whites oppress them, especially claiming the Christian conservatives are racist when the Liberal democratic party is the true racist party, the founder of the KKK.

      Stupid liberal democrats are racist for oppressing blacks with welfare entitlements and keep them in ghettos.

      Black folks need to wake up and stop affiliating with the founder of the KKK, the Democratic Party. They keep you oppressed in ghettos and brainwash you by saying how the white conservative Christian men are racist, believe it or not, we are on your side. We will take those welfare entitlement chains off you and assist to rebuild the community. Until you wake up you always be under the thumb of the white liberal democratic party.

    4. I’m curious about just what is it that you are “sorry” about? The kids out of control and out of their minds or the professor who’s accused of racism and not one “smidgeon” of evidence produced that he is a racist, or that a tax payer funded institution that has sunk to the depths of insanity with administrators being threatened? To me, this is a group that should be exported to Syria to join ISIS.

  13. I think the faculty and students at Evergreen have completely lost touch with reality. I agree that the state should stop funding the college. It’s a nut house. Let it go private or shut down, but the taxpayers shouldn’t be expected to finance what’s going on there.

    1. Some members of the state legislature agree:

      “The student protesters claim Evergreen is a horrible, oppressive place,” said [state senator Phil] Fortunato. “To those of us watching the behavior of these students and their intolerance of differing ideas, Evergreen looks like a horrible, oppressive place. So we come to the same conclusion for different reasons—Evergreen is a horrible place, so let’s stop putting public money in it.”


      1. “When this bill passes, they can still feed each other all the Marxist nonsense they want, they just won’t be able to do it with money from my constituents unless my constituents choose to donate to it—which I doubt.”

        I agree the state should not publicly fund any institution that willfully infringes the rights of anyone. That being said, negative support does not equal positive security of rights. This approach essentially allows the anarchists to turn whatever they want into a No-Go Zone.

    2. The faculty are not as united as the letter writer would want you to believe.

  14. Signatures on the letter are alphabetized by first name – You know it must be really, really egalitarian over there.

    I noted this from the letter: “There is a difference between exercising the right to freely voice an opinion and inciting violence—and that difference has nothing to do with volume or forcefulness. ”

    I can’t wait to see what they say when someone freely voices an opinion with a forceful punch in their nose, or grabs their hair, or gives them a concussion – which has occurred in other locations when students freely voiced their opinions.

    I would say that forcefulness is exactly the issue.

    1. I came to same conclusion independent my about “volume and forcefulness”
      31 faculty did not undersign. There is not faculty solidarity. Its a ‘front’, exaggeration.

  15. The only thing good ever came out of Evergreen was Slater Kinney who used to open for Pearl Jam. The school makes Berkeley look postitively academic. Just remember should some apply for a job in your business .

    1. Berkeley is the highest ranked public university in the country. Evergreen? I’d never heard of it until the recent controversy.

    2. My youngest daughter’s husband graduated from Evergreen State College and is having a successful career.

      He graduated some decades ago.

      1. You mean he graduated when it still had some semblance to a learning institution and not a Socialist Indoctrination meeting room?

  16. This is also interesting. Prof. Weinstein gave an interview to Joe Rogan, and here are excerpts from it. It is long, but chilling:

    Professor Bret Weinstein, who has been at the center of the chaos unfolding at Evergreen State College, gave an interview to Joe Rogan Friday in which he describes what has been going on at the college both before and after this story became national news. It’s a long interview but a compelling one. I’ve transcribed some of the most interesting bits for those who don’t have time to listen to all two and a half hours of it.

    Many of the points Weinstein makes here have been made by conservatives many times, but the fact that he is a progressive teaching at one of the most left-wing schools in the country makes it hard to dismiss his critique as being part of a racist backlash. At least it should make it hard. But of course, the campus mob is now calling him a racist and demanding his head for saying these things. As you’ll see toward the end, there is no “venue” in this system of thought for someone who wants to defend themselves against the charge they are a racist. You are simply supposed to accept the claim as true without debate.

    What follows is a vision of where the progressive campus is headed, not just at Evergreen but everywhere. It’s a nightmare.

    On how and why he wound up being called a racist by protesters:

    Bret Weinstein: The people who have talked to me privately and expressed concerns are actually quite a diverse group, so it’s not as if white folks are disturbed by this and people of color are united. It’s not at all like that. Part of the hidden story here is that in order to advance certain policy proposals it has to appear that the community is united behind them and that anybody that stands against them is standing against them for illegitimate reasons. So that means that the number of people who are willing to express any sort of nuance about what’s taking place has to be small and they have to be dismissable. So what they did is they called me a racist. Which is ironic because I’m an anti-racist. I really have gone out of my way to, first of all, study the question of why racism occurs and I believe have been pretty courageous in fighting against it wherever I run into it. So to challenge me with that particular epithet was a mistake on their part. It was a strategic mistake. And I kept trying to tell them while this was still internally being discussed in the college. I kept trying to tell them that they should really check the concept that I’m a racist. They should ask. Because if they did, they would discover that they were actually way off the mark and then they would have an interesting puzzle on their hands. Then they would have to explain to themselves why they had found themselves hurling this most poisonous term at somebody who not only isn’t a racist but is pretty nearly the opposite.

    On the redefinition of the term racism

    Weinstein: This also actually points to something pretty important and for anybody who travels this ground themselves, they’re going to discover this. Many of the terms that are being used have been redefined, but they haven’t been fully redefined. So one of the things that I’ve seen in several places is that a term like racist has been redefined so that the bar for being a racist is so low that you couldn’t possibly help but trip over it. But then, once you’ve tripped over it and you have accepted that you are a racist, then the stigma goes back to the original definition. So it is the dodging and weaving between the two definitions that actually does the heavy lifting.

    Joe Rogan: Well there’s also a really disturbing idea that’s being bounced around lately that it’s impossible to be racist if you’re anything other than white, which is ridiculous.

    Weinstein: Preposterous. Anybody who looks up the actual definition of racism will discover that that’s preposterous but yes that does pass in certain places as logical.

    On the progressive campus bubble

    Weinstein: Well, this is the most shocking thing. I’m, you know, I haven’t been censured. I haven’t been suspended. I’m still on the email distribution lists, so I’m watching the traffic inside of my college and I’m able to compare it to the huge flood of stuff that I’m seeing from the outside world as they get wind of what’s going on at Evergreen. The difference is a million miles. Inside of Evergreen, actually, we are descending further into madness. The faculty are blaming the fact that the campus had to be suddenly closed due to a threat from the outside yesterday on me, for having talked about this in the outside world…

    The intensity and the out-of-touch nature of the discussion inside the college simply reinforces the impression that something is desperately off, that what we really have is a filter bubble that is so strong that even when the world sends very clear evidence that you’ve missed something somewhere and it’s time to rethink what you’ve been doing, they’re not waking up.

    On the complaints about the college president’s microaggressions

    Weinstein: Did you see the video in which Dr. Bridges, our president, is being challenged for his hand gestures? The protesters are actually policing his hand gestures.

    Rogan: No. What’s wrong with his hand gestures?…

    Weinstein: I don’t want to caricature this because I really think it’s very important. As preposterous as what’s going on is, I think it’s very important that we understand it. It’s very easy to dismiss it because it’s so strange but it’s very important that we get it right. I think the complaint about the hand gestures was that they represented microaggressions if you will. I don’t know for sure that that was the complaint but I can’t make heads or tails of it otherwise.

    Rogan: What was he doing?

    Weinstein: I think he was kind of gesturing like a person…

    Rogan: Just trying to talk with emotion.

    Weinstein: Right. So I do think there’s a translation which [gestures with his arms], this can be portrayed as a microaggression in some way.

    Rogan: How is this a microaggression?

    Weinstein: I mean, it isn’t. We should talk about whether or not microaggressions are even a good category. Let’s just say the protesters had enough control over him that he gestured, they didn’t like it, they told him not to and he capitulated, which he has been doing the entire time.

    On responding to bullying

    Rogan: There’s also the problem, the very real problem, with the mob mentality. It is a common thing with human beings when they get together in large groups and people start chanting and screaming and they feel very justified. And they always want to escalate…It’s a weird thing that people do but I was watching it in your videos where people are saying ‘You should resign’…’You need to apologize to that woman for communicating with her the way you did’…They want to bully you around. They want to push you around. They want to take that professor, that guy who has been allowed to be the one who’s talking and distributing all the information and they want to shut you down.

    Weinstein: It’s flat out bullying. And what I’m seeing is that almost nobody seems to know what to do about bullies, especially when they’re armed with the superweapon like the accusation that you’re a racist. Nobody understands that capitulating to bullies may solve your problem in the moment but it makes the problem vastly worse over time. And so, all I’ve done is apply that piece of knowledge, that when a bully challenges you not capitulating is just a prerequisite to getting anywhere. Ideally, you want the bully to pay enough of a price that they don’t continue what they’re doing.

    On being contacted by Yale Professor Nicholas Christakis

    Rogan: You’re fighting against this current movement of ridiculous ideas that’s going on through schools and we saw it with Yale. We saw it with those students screaming at…Was it a professor who was trying to defend his wife’s email about Halloween costumes? That maybe we should allow people to wear ridiculous Halloween costumes because that’s part of the fun of Halloween. People were acting like you were saying we should by lynching people.

    Weinstein: Well, so first of all, he did reach out to me and his point was what you are going through is eerily reminiscent—he’d watched the videos and he was just pointing out how shocking it was.

    On whether or not the school actually asked white people to leave campus for a day

    Weinstein: Their claim is that white people were not asked to leave campus, that there were only 200 spaces in the venue off campus and therefore this was just supposed to be for a small subset of people—which is nonsense. There were only 200 spaces if you wanted to go to the particular seminars that they were holding […] but in any case, they are conflating the 200 spaces off campus with what was actually expected of us and it was quite clear. In fact, one of my staff colleagues put out an email…I think it was last night, in which he detailed the several emails that we had seen in which the school did ask white people to leave for that day. So they are promoting falsehoods themselves designed to obscure what’s going on, I think because they finally understood that the world doesn’t get what they are doing.

    On the intersectional left behaving like a cult

    Weinstein: Several people, in fact, many people, have started to now refer to what’s going on in the staff/faculty zone here as a cult. And I think, on the one hand, that could be tongue-in-cheek. On the other hand, the mechanisms at work that have people doubling down on absurdities rather than trying to get on the right side of history as quickly as possible, it is very cult like. Again, you asked me what would have to happen for us to right the ship, the second one is my faculty colleagues have to wake up to the fact that their belief structure has become bizarre and unrecognizable from any normal position.

    On being accused of racism and told he should not defend himself

    Weinstein: There was an instance where a faculty member accused those who were challenging any of these equity proposals as being part of a racist backlash. She was clearly talking about me because I’m the most prominent person objecting.

    Rogan: Is this faculty member a white person?

    Weinstein: No. So anyway she says in a faculty meeting that this is a racist backlash and I said to her in front of this faculty meeting, I said, ‘Somebody might want to check on the question of whether or not I’m actually a racist because if you do check on it, you will discover I’m not and if you don’t this is going to blow up on you.’ And the chair of the faculty told me that the faculty meeting was not the place to defend myself against accusations of racism.

    Rogan: It’s also not the place to level the accusation.

    Weinstein: But I said to her ‘Where is the place?’ and then the faculty member who had made the accusations said ‘You should not expect there to be a venue in which to defend yourself. You should just get used to these accusations.’

    On the search of his emails by the professor who accused him of racism

    Rogan: So what does this person [who made the allegation of racism against Weinstein] teach?

    Weinstein: They teach media.

    Rogan: How ironic.

    Weinstein: Right. They teach media. They are currently running a program where she’s teaching students to make documentaries and one of the students in the program filed a public records request. Since we are a public college you can request the emails of faculty and staff if you want them. And so she had a student file a public records request for my email to make a documentary in her program. So you’ve got one faculty member searching another faculty member’s email through a student looking for evidence of I don’t know what.

    Rogan: Evidence of racism.

    Weinstein: Well, presumably.


    I’ve only transcribed a fraction of the entire interview but, hopefully, it’s enough to give you a picture of what is taking place behind the scenes at Evergreen. This is a college that is beginning to take on some behavior that seems cult-like, but which is also becoming dangerous. As Rogan points out at one point, you have to wonder what the students were going to do to Professor Weinstein if they had found him while searching cars last week. Would they have hauled him out? Surrounded him and not allowed him to leave? The protesters complain they are being unfairly tarred as violent but while they may not be throwing punches, they are up for intimidation and humiliation. The real question is what happens when someone finally tells them no.


    More at the link. I know this is long, but I would not have put it here if it was not worth the read.

    Squeeky Fromm
    Girl Reporter

    1. ‘You should not expect there to be a venue in which to defend yourself. You should just get used to these accusations.’

      So sticks, stones and names are no longer to be defended against?

      It would seem Campus Climate Change is a direct threat to our immediate and long-term national security.

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