More on the Evergreen State situation

In the video below, Benjamin Boyce, a “nontraditional student” who started his studies at The Evergreen State College at age 36, discusses the College’s method of indoctrinating students. It apparently begins at the very outset of studies with a series of “anti-oppression” workshops for first-years that allow no debate. These workshops seem to be involve indoctrinating the College’s students with Critical Race Theory (read the “key elements” of CRT at the link).

Boyce, one of 17 brave students who wrote a letter supporting Bret Weinstein and decrying his demonization (and, unlike the thuggish students who held the President hostage and hectored Bret Weinstein, signed their actual names to the letter), is brave here, as he’s still a student at Evergreen and will surely be ostracized.  Although Boyce’s discussion is a bit discursive and he could have made his point more succinctly, the description of anti-oppression and “privilege” workshops used to brainwash the students is disturbing. That helps explain the thugs’ behavior in calling their opponents racists and roaming the campus looking for people to beat up:

Other developments in EvergreenGate:

1). On June 15, the group “Patriot Prayer” demonstrated (legally) at Evergreen. As the Seattle Times reports,

The latest in America’s pitched culture battles featured the conservative, pro-Trump group known as Patriot Prayer. Several dozen members and allies of the group marched on the campus’ Red Square, drawn here after the college made national headlines in clashes over race and free speech.

At the start of their march, Patriot Prayer organizer Joey Gibson called the demonstration a show of support for Evergreen students and faculty who might feel stifled during the campus’ internal debates.

According to one anonymous source, the Evergreen faculty actually encouraged the hooded thugs known as “Antifa” (antifacists), who wear masks and balaklavas so that they can commit violence without being identified, to come out and confront the Patriot Prayer group. That, though within their rights, is an encitement to violence. (The aims of Antifa are sometimes good, but they really need to abjure violence and ditch the disguises.) The violence that did occur, which included the leader of Patriot Prayer being bloodied and the tires of the members’ cars slashed, all came from the Regressive Lefties and Antifas.

Here’s a video:

 

2). The New York Times publishes a piece on Evergreen State. Four days ago the Times ran a piece called “A campus argument goes viral. Now the college is under siege.” The article is pretty objective, viz.:

Strange alliances have formed. On Thursday, a group calling itself Patriot Prayer, a right-leaning band of 60 or 70 people from off campus waving American flags and one showing Pepe the Frog, a symbol of the alt-right movement, was joined for a while by two students.

One of them, Tamara Lindner, said she had been a student of Mr. Weinstein’s wife, also a biology professor at Evergreen, and wanted to support his right to free speech.

The other, Colin Trobough, said he was distressed at the way Evergreen had been portrayed. “I love Evergreen,” he told the Patriots gathered in the traffic circle.

The group marched onto campus, where about 200 people awaited them: anarchists and “anti-fascists” looking like graphic-novel ninjas, with black scarves hiding their faces and hoods covering their hair, flanked by aging professors in rumpled rain slickers.

The Patriots’ leader, Joey Gibson, strolled into the crowd of ninjas, where he was sprayed with Silly String, hit in the head with a can of it and then attacked with what may have been pepper spray before state police officers in riot gear restored order.

It also describes how and why Bret Weinstein, whose civil email and refusal to leave campus with other white people during the annual “Day of Departure” kicked off this whole fracas, has been demonized. The Times also quotes a misguided parent:

Ellis Paguirigan, a 1991 Evergreen graduate whose daughter, Melia, was graduating and planned to go into ocean conservation, said they were both disappointed in Professor Weinstein’s stance.

Melia had Professor Weinstein in her freshman year and liked his class, Mr. Paguirigan said. But, he added, “my daughter is a person of color — she kind of takes it personal.”

Weinstein’s stance is simply following the dictate of Martin Luther King: judge a person by the content of their character, not the color of their skin. But that doesn’t sit well with critical race theorists, for whom pigmentation is everything as a marker of oppression that confers rights not held by other groups (see video at the top).

The Times piece also describes another widespread but misguided view:

“There is a tradition of trying to work things out,” said Ruth Hayes, a professor of animation. Referring to Professor Weinstein, she echoed the feelings of a number of her colleagues: “That he took this public I just feel like is a breach of trust.”

That’s just wrong: it was the students who took things public by posting videos of them harassing Weinstein and President Bridge on YouTube. That was what caused the publicity, and in response Weinstein was interviewed in several places, including Fox News (even his appearance on Fox News, which of course has hosted many liberals and progressives, was decried as a breach of trust).

3.) Evergreen faculty member calls for physical attack on Weinstein’s wife, Heather Heying. Heying is also a biology professor at Evergreen, and although she hasn’t given public interviews, has supported Weinstein’s stand. For that, of course, she’s also been called a racist. So while the New York Times notes that Weinstein declined to be interviewed by the paper, they also mention two others who didn’t comment:

On the other side, Naima Lowe, a media professor who has opposed him, and Rashida Love, the director of Evergreen’s First Peoples Multicultural Advising Services, who sent the email announcing the format of the Day of Absence, have also made themselves scarce, after being mercilessly ridiculed online.

What they don’t say is that Naima Lowe is, unlike Weinstein, a real racist who has approved the fact that her words make white people feel “targeted and defensive” and has called all white people listening to her speak “racists”. (To see an embarrassing video of this woman’s unhinged fulminations, go here. This kind of stuff explains the “merciless ridicule.”) I reject the notion that “racism equals power plus prejudice”, which is just a way to prevent the “powerless” from discriminating on the basis of race. It’s time for us to call out all forms of bigotry, regardless of who promulgates it.

The last straw is that after Heying wrote an email to the administration expressing fear for her family’s safety and questioning the oppressiveness of the protestors, Naima Lowe, who tweets under the name of Naima Niambi0, wrote a dreadful Facebook page apparently calling for the kidnapping of “racist” Heying. Weinstein singled it out in the tweet below:

and here’s what Lowe (Niambi) said:

Collect her racist ass! For that Lowe/Niambi should be fired; it’s a threat and a defamatory slur on a fellow faculty member. Of course, nothing will happen to the woman, and I’m still waiting to see if Evergreen State punishes any of its students for disruption, vigilante behavior, and so on.  Oh, and they should fire President Bridges, too, as he’s an invertebrate and an embarrassment to Evergreen State.

What will happen, I predict, is that enrollment at Evergreen State will continue its recent decline (it already accepts about 99% of applicants). What parent would want to send their kids to a place full of toxic ideology, mandated indoctrination, and violence against those who dissent from the College’s Official Ideology?

h/t: Cindy

62 Comments

  1. BJ
    Posted June 20, 2017 at 10:40 am | Permalink

    Interesting what the NYT article in point two leaves out and the type of language used throughout that article. It downplays what the students have done; doesn’t mention the mobs roaming campus and the intimidation, stalking, and physical assaults they have committed; makes sure to show all the situations initiated by students in a non-threatening light; doesn’t report on the reasons Weinstein and his wife left campus, beyond noting that he says he doesn’t feel safe there; and ultimately seems to paint Professor Weinstein as the root of the problems. It also uses far more quotes from those who oppose Weinstein than others (in fact, those are almost exclusively the quotes used, except for a few from Weinstein himself and one or two from students who they say have “aligned” with “alt-right” groups, which, as we know, is code for “violent, white supremacist Trump supporters”) and leaves out many critical facts that have been previously reported. From the eigth-to-last paragraph to the end of the article, the situation is ultimately presented as the alt-right versus progressives, and those fighting racism versus those fighting to keep racism in place.

    Also, with regard to the first point: antifa’s whole approach is to use violence against those they call fascists (read: anyone who disagrees with or opposes them). It doesn’t matter whether the other side is violent or not, and everywhere antifa shows up, violence ends up being the story.

    • ploubere
      Posted June 20, 2017 at 11:03 am | Permalink

      Yes, I agree, the article misses the point that the oppressive Left is the cause of all the disruption, is the only side calling for censorship and engaging in intimidation and threats, and continues to be the source of all the violence. It’s an example of the error of false equivalence in reporting.

    • W.Benson
      Posted June 20, 2017 at 12:38 pm | Permalink

      In other words, the NY Times story is an example of main stream media at its best.

      • ploubere
        Posted June 20, 2017 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

        I don’t think it’s fair to criticize all media like that. Some reporting is very good, some not. The NY Times often does very good work.

        • Posted June 20, 2017 at 6:12 pm | Permalink

          “The NY Times often does very good work.”

          Until they don’t report what people want to hear. Based on my investigation into this situation the NYT’s story is much more accurate than the right wing/Weinstein narrative which is taken as gospel by many. That’s not to say we haven’t got some students reacting badly, but a reaction to his behavior is justified.
          Just an example of the problem with the right in all this. Hannity described the initial letter by event organizers as trying to FORCE white people to leave campus, when in fact it was nothing more than a suggestion directed at those who wished to to take part. This mischaracterization was never corrected by Weinstein during his interview. That alone makes his agenda questionable.

          • Dave
            Posted June 21, 2017 at 3:55 am | Permalink

            “…when in fact it was nothing more than a suggestion directed at those who wished to to take part”

            A “suggestion”, which, if one politely declines to take part, is followed-up by a visit from a baseball bat-wielding vigilante squad. I believe the Mafia make extenstive use of “suggestions” like that when enforcing their protection rackets.

            But no, of course in your view it’s all the fault of “the right”.

          • Posted June 21, 2017 at 6:41 am | Permalink

            Weinstein has said publicly that there was no demand that whites leave, but there was plenty of coercion. And stop lumping Weinstein with the alt-right; that’s not only insulting but wrong. What has HE said, exactly, that was a lie?

            Be specific, please.

          • fizziks
            Posted June 21, 2017 at 8:09 am | Permalink

            You’re right, it was just a suggestion.

            We know it was just a suggestion because when Weinstein in turn made his own suggestion that classes continue as scheduled, he was treated with civility and everybody made their own decision, and his class was most certainly not interrupted and shut down by a shouting mob.

            Oh wait…

            • Posted June 21, 2017 at 12:18 pm | Permalink

              “We know it was just a suggestion because when Weinstein in turn made his own suggestion that classes continue as scheduled, he was treated with civility and everybody made their own decision, and his class was most certainly not interrupted and shut down by a shouting mob.”

              In response to you, and Dave who seem completely clueless. The student reaction, over the top as it was, was not primarily about him saying he was staying on campus, but a combination of several racially charged incident on the campus recently, other suggestions he made beyond that, and mostly a response to his right wing media crusade.

              • Posted June 21, 2017 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

                You will apologize to the two people whom you called “completely clueless” or you’ll have to leave this site.

              • Posted June 21, 2017 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

                I’m sorry for saying they were completely clueless.

          • Davide Spinello
            Posted June 21, 2017 at 8:35 am | Permalink

            […] Based on my investigation into this situation the NYT’s story is much more accurate than the right wing/Weinstein narrative which is taken as gospel by many.

            Thanks for you wokeness, you clearly don’t get fooled by those right wingers (by the way: they must be cishetwhitesupr) that simply do not want to accept a polite and well reasoned suggestion to stay out of campus for one day or else.

            Thanks, I hope I’ll woke one day too.

            • Dave
              Posted June 22, 2017 at 4:52 am | Permalink

              “In response to you, and Dave who seem completely clueless.”

              Apology accepted, but not really necessary. I’ve been called far worse things than “clueless” in my time, and as far as I’m concerned it forms part of a “robust exchange of views” rather than being “hate speech” (to use the currently fashionable term!)

    • jay
      Posted June 20, 2017 at 1:00 pm | Permalink

      There was a series of twitter posts by Portland police, showing the wide range of home made weapons they confiscated from the Antifa at the pro Trump rally a short time back. (Some weapons were used in attacks on police). Recently in PA an antifa stabbed a police horse while screaming ‘nazi’. Fortunately the horse was not seriously hurt.

      If you’re feeling adventurous, check out the ‘John Brown Gun Club’ (antifa based militia, currently a bit inept, though that may make them more dangerous, but that can change). Could this be a trend?

      • BJ
        Posted June 20, 2017 at 4:49 pm | Permalink

        Doesn’t surprise me in the least, and it’s absolutely part of a growing trend. And now the Times is apparently giving them cover. Lovely. Don’t any of these idiots know what happens when you fight extremism with extremism?

      • Diana MacPherson
        Posted June 20, 2017 at 9:27 pm | Permalink

        I hope the horse kicked the person. My dad was talking to a police officer who was pulled off her horse in a riot and one of the rioters made the tactical error of trying to harm the horse. The horse kicked him into tomorrow and as the officer explains it, “saved my life”.

    • Posted June 20, 2017 at 3:24 pm | Permalink

      I see that “alt-right” increasingly becomes an umbrella term used by the CTRL-Left to refer to normal people.

      • BJ
        Posted June 20, 2017 at 4:49 pm | Permalink

        Yup, and it’s also a way to justify any and all attacks on opponents, from calling their workplace to make unsubstantiated claims in an attempt to shame them and take away their income, to physical assaults, to everything in between.

    • harrync
      Posted June 20, 2017 at 10:36 pm | Permalink

      The NYT also published an article by an Evergreen student critical of Weinstein. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/16/opinion/media-alt-right-evergreen-college.html No option to post comments. [Am I right that the more fact-free a NYT op-ed, the less likely to allow comments?]

      • jay
        Posted June 21, 2017 at 7:51 am | Permalink

        Probably so. Fact free editorials get shot down too fast.

  2. Posted June 20, 2017 at 10:42 am | Permalink

    “… was graduating and planned to go into ocean conservation….”

    Planned. Schools like Evergreen and Starbucks are in a symbiotic relationship.

    • DrBrdyon
      Posted June 20, 2017 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

      Yes, we hear a lot about Humanities graduates not being able to find gainful employment. I wonder now if that is because they are no longer learning those critical thinking skills that we once the hallmark of the Humanities? All they are learning is how to be dissatisfied (and how hard is that to teach to a teenage?).

      • Posted June 20, 2017 at 3:05 pm | Permalink

        They are learning the “I’m a victim” pratfall and expecting someone else to sort out their life for them, far as I can tell.

      • Steve Pollard
        Posted June 20, 2017 at 3:56 pm | Permalink

        While we’re at it, just what the f**king hell is a professor of animation, and what is it doing at a supposed university?

        • ploubere
          Posted June 20, 2017 at 4:46 pm | Permalink

          Animation, along with film and photography, is a common field of study in visual communication and graphic design programs. Why would you think it not worthy of higher education?

      • Diana MacPherson
        Posted June 20, 2017 at 9:30 pm | Permalink

        I don’t think anyone with an Evergreen degree is going to do well in the post university world. If you can’t frame your argument well and express it quickly, you’re in trouble. This was a key skill my Humanities professors worked hard to teach us and we worked hard to master it.

  3. Ken Phelps
    Posted June 20, 2017 at 10:54 am | Permalink

    Being ostracized by this particular pack of baying morons sounds like a desirable outcome.

  4. Kevin
    Posted June 20, 2017 at 10:57 am | Permalink

    I imagine that working with a graduate from Evergreen would be like working next to a four year old in an adult’s body.

    • Posted June 20, 2017 at 11:19 am | Permalink

      Now this is not true. Really. Don’t paint everyone there with the same brush. That’s what the Regressives do. Don’t play their game.

      FTR; I hired an Evergreen student into my lab right out of school. He was and is a first rate scientist.

      • Kevin
        Posted June 20, 2017 at 12:06 pm | Permalink

        I did not mean to imply generalization to every student.

        My experience is flipping a coin: 50/50 for students students/postdocs. You can get the best resume in the world (even Nobel Laureate recommended) and they can turn out yucky. And you can get someone, who on paper, looks worthless and turns out to be a wonderful, hardworking experience.

      • Posted June 20, 2017 at 3:27 pm | Permalink

        What does he say about current events? (If you think that you can tell us without violating his privacy too much.)

        • Posted June 20, 2017 at 4:30 pm | Permalink

          He thinks they’re “nuts”. That’s the word he used, but I haven’t spoken much about it to him.

      • Posted June 20, 2017 at 4:55 pm | Permalink

        Now this is not true. Really. Don’t paint everyone there with the same brush.

        I agree. Some four year olds are very well behaved.

      • Posted June 22, 2017 at 5:04 am | Permalink

        Majors in science/biology may indeed be way saner than the others.
        I bet >99% of the SJWs in Evergreen are from the humanities.
        Humanities as it is taught now is completely corrupted.

        • Diana MacPherson
          Posted June 22, 2017 at 8:26 am | Permalink

          So tired of defending the Humanities but it isn’t all corrupted. This is a vocal minority in the Humanities and some specific disciplines. I don’t see evidence of it where I work now (which is my alma mater) and I think this is mostly and American phenomenon. Most Humanities students are taught to have a robust idea exchange, to argue logically (it’s why many of them go into law) and be able to understand an argument and argue effectively and quickly (you’re trained this way through exams where you need to write essays during the exam and provide evidence to everything you assert).

  5. Taz
    Posted June 20, 2017 at 11:04 am | Permalink

    La Sha, the asshole who gloated over Otto Warmbier’s misfortune (because, you know, he was white) has apparently made her twitter private. But before she did, she linked to this bit of verbal diarrhea:

    Let Them Fucking Die

    • Jonathan Dore
      Posted June 20, 2017 at 11:52 am | Permalink

      Gosh, that was a depressing read. Someone who has managed to redefine all the terms of her moral compass so she can not only hate, but revel in her hatred, with a bulletproof sense of her own justice in doing so. What a damaged human being.

      • darrelle
        Posted June 20, 2017 at 1:14 pm | Permalink

        Just to clarify, just in case you didn’t notice, the Let Them Fucking Die piece was not written by La Sha but by someone calling themselves “Son Of Baldwin.” Apparently La Sha linked to it, and it does seem to be right up her alley judging by the little I’ve read by her.

        • Jonathan Dore
          Posted June 21, 2017 at 4:38 am | Permalink

          Thanks for that clarification darrelle.

      • Posted June 20, 2017 at 3:34 pm | Permalink

        This is apparently a whole subculture.

    • Posted June 20, 2017 at 3:07 pm | Permalink

      Yes, he deserved it for his choice of parents …

  6. DrBrdyon
    Posted June 20, 2017 at 11:16 am | Permalink

    I’ve been reading Paul Hollander’s Discontents: Postmodern and Postcommunist, which is a collection of essays from 2001, so it’s coverage goes back over the previous decade. (Hollander is a refugee from the Hungarian uprising of 1956, and a professor of sociology from UMASS Amherst.) It’s rather discouraging that none of what we are hearing about the attitudes on campuses is new; it’s just getting a lot more news coverage now (which is good). Even if we had a consensus that identify studies and critical race theory were bunk, I don’t see how we could push them aside in less than generation.

    • Simon
      Posted June 20, 2017 at 12:36 pm | Permalink

      Jordan Peterson’s youtube vids on POMO are worth a watch. He can get quite intense and overreach a bit, so not to everyone’s taste, but I think he’s got a good handle on what’s going on.

      When the Great Atheist Rift happened circa 2011 it was baffling to me, and quite a few others, that it seemed impossible to have an honest debate with the SocJus warriors. They would interpret anything you said to fit their portrayal of you as a bigot. I assumed it was a failure of communication. I thought that there must have been some crossed wires. I’ve come to understand that it is not possible to debate a POMO because to them, to engage in a debate using logic with a proponent of the Western Patriarchal Whatever is to surrender to their bigoted worldview. Logic is a tool of the Patriarchy and all that. So we have a bunch of Marxist inspired malcontents who don’t believe in any objective truths and for whom reasoned debate is surrender turning the world upside down.

      As to whether they care about the oppressed identities they claim to speak for, observe the choice they usually make when given a choice between sticking it to the Western Patriarchal system and standing up for the victims of repressive Islamic cultures.

      • Diana MacPherson
        Posted June 20, 2017 at 9:34 pm | Permalink

        I hope they never run the court system. I evidence would suffice. You’d be guilty if they felt you were.

    • Steve Pollard
      Posted June 20, 2017 at 3:53 pm | Permalink

      Stop funding them? Or is that too naive?

  7. Posted June 20, 2017 at 11:17 am | Permalink

    “What parent would want to send their kids to a place full of toxic ideology, mandated indoctrination, and violence against those who dissent from the College’s Official Ideology?”

    They are being made as we speak. They are the students now in universities overrun by these fascists.

  8. Martin X
    Posted June 20, 2017 at 11:40 am | Permalink

    “Collect her racist ass!”

    I don’t see that as a threat, just a metaphor as in “I’m going to call your mother to come get you.”

    The root cause appears to be those teachers in cultural, gender, and racial studies programs who promulgate these attitudes. What power does Bridges have in getting rid of them? How would this go over politically within the school?

    • Posted June 20, 2017 at 11:51 am | Permalink

      Context. Baseball bats, assaults, physical and verbal confrontations. Then a “request” for someone to “collect her racist ass”.

      That’s a threat.

    • W.Benson
      Posted June 20, 2017 at 12:52 pm | Permalink

      It’s ambiguous, but it is not acceptable language or public posture for a university professor. Evergreen State should (must, in my view) start administrative proceedings to terminate Prof. Lowe’s contract.
      Bret Weinstein I believe is a Bernicrat progressive, at least that is what he seemed to say when Fox’s Tucker Carson made him out to be a Hillary supporter.

  9. Posted June 20, 2017 at 11:52 am | Permalink

    When does the regular semester/quarter end there? It is late june – a lot of places would be on summer vacation by now, no?

    • Posted June 20, 2017 at 12:37 pm | Permalink

      School’s over: they just had graduation (40 miles away from campus for “safety” reasons).

  10. Ken Kukec
    Posted June 20, 2017 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

    I detest what this “Patriot Prayer” group has to say, but I would defend against Antifa their right to say it unto an NDE. (Never go full Voltaire, man, never.)

    I suspect that many in Antifa are motivated not so much by ideology as by an excuse to indulge their base, antisocial impulses.

    • Diana MacPherson
      Posted June 20, 2017 at 9:36 pm | Permalink

      Full Voltaire! I love it.

  11. Ken Kukec
    Posted June 20, 2017 at 12:24 pm | Permalink

    There’s a “Red Square” on the Evergreen campus? For real?

    No wonder the Trump supporters came to march. For them, that’s Valhalla.

    • Posted June 20, 2017 at 12:38 pm | Permalink

      Yes, they don’t seem to realize the irony.

      • Craw
        Posted June 20, 2017 at 2:51 pm | Permalink

        I guess I don’t either. When opponents of communism filled Red Square in Moscow after the collapse of communism did they miss the irony too? “March” is the loaded and possibly misleading term used by the newspaper reporter. The video you linked was produced by that group and they describe it as a protest not as a march.
        Am I missing something here?

        • Ken Kukec
          Posted June 20, 2017 at 3:22 pm | Permalink

          The irony is in Evergreen State having a Red Square — a shared name with another locus infamous for its groupthink and suppression of free expression.

    • Diana MacPherson
      Posted June 20, 2017 at 9:39 pm | Permalink

      I know. I’m sure they have at least one Room 101 on campus too. I think I’d go into an irony coma from the shock if that were true.

  12. Diane G.
    Posted June 22, 2017 at 4:41 am | Permalink

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