The inmates have taken over the asylum and it’s not pretty.
At Evergreen State College in Washington – arguably the most liberal college in the country, students are demanding that a video of their juvenile protest be taken down from YouTube while the college wrestles with a student body emboldened by leftist appeasement.
The video is shocking. And these rabid students know it.
“We demand that the video created for Day of Absence and Day of Presence that was stolen by white supremacists and edited to expose and ridicule the students and staff be taken down by the administration by this Friday,” the students wrote in a list of demands to college President George Bridges.
The video shows scene after scene of student protesters screaming and shouting at professors and others on campus in response to Professor Bret Weinstein’s refusal to participate in a campus-wide event where white professors are asked to leave the school for a day.
Professor Weinstein wrote an essay in The Wall Street Journal Wednesday with his take on what happened.
Day of Absence is a tradition at Evergreen. In previous years students and faculty of color organized a day on which they met off campus—a symbolic act based on the Douglas Turner Ward play in which all the black residents of a Southern town fail to show up one morning. This year, however, the formula was reversed. “White students, staff and faculty will be invited to leave the campus for the day’s activities,” the student newspaper reported, adding that the decision was reached after people of color “voiced concern over feeling as if they are unwelcome on campus, following the 2016 election.”
In March I objected in an email to all staff and faculty. “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,” I wrote. “On a college campus, one’s right to speak—or to be—must never be based on skin color.”
My email was published by the student newspaper, and Day of Absence came and went almost without incident. The protest of my class emerged seemingly out of the blue more than a month later. Evergreen has slipped into madness. You don’t need the news to tell you that—the protesters’ own videos will do. But those clips reveal neither the path that led to this psychosis, nor the cautionary nature of the tale for other campuses.
The students in the video demanded that the video be removed – which they must know is an impossibility.
They claim the video was “stolen” which is also questionable. It includes lots of profane language and the students hurling threats and epithets at college president George Bridges – who has been complicit in the student outbursts.
Professor Bret Weinstein told Fox News’s Tucker Carlson that the meeting with Bridges seen here was “believe it or not, far crazier than the video” of his own (earlier) classroom chaos. He appears to be 100% correct in that assessment.
There may be no more apt description of this madness than what Carlson told Weinstein: It resembles “Phnom Penh in 1975.”