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Another Professor, Another Mob

by ELLIOT KAUFMAN – May 26, 2017

If social-justice warriors can come for a man like Bret Weinstein, they can come for anyone.

Evergreen State College, a small liberal-arts school in Washington State, has long had an interesting tradition. Each year, there is a “Day of Absence” on which students and faculty members of color meet off campus to hold solidarity-building activities, leaving the remaining community members to recognize the absence — and thus the value — of their peers. Later there is a “Day of Presence,” with similar activities but for the entire campus community.

But this year, the event changed. On the April 12 Day of Absence, minority students and faculty remained on campus, while whites were asked to leave. According to the local student newspaper, the decision reflected concerns following the 2016 election that students of color no longer felt comfortable on campus. This was to be their chance to reassert their right to belong on campus . . . by asking everyone else of a particular skin color to leave.

One liberal biology professor, Bret Weinstein, took issue with this change. Weinstein wrote a powerful e-mail to his colleagues on March 15. Deeply respectful and generous in tone, he made a simple point: 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 underappreciated 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.

For this fundamentally liberal argument and act of protest, Professor Weinstein has been pilloried. More than that, those words — words forming as reasonable a dissent as any — incited a mob on Tuesday. Students occupied and barricaded the campus library, and accosted Weinstein outside his classroom.

As you can see in this video, the mob surrounded him, yelled at him, swore at him, and openly admitted they did not want to allow him to respond. In the video, Weinstein nobly seeks to engage in “dialectic” with the student protesters, hoping to use “disagreement to discover the truth.” For a professor of biology, this is rather impressive stuff. But he misjudges the mob. “We don’t care what terms you want to speak on,” one student explains to supportive cheers. “This is not about you. We are not speaking on terms — on terms of white privilege. This is not a discussion. You have lost that one.”

The mob vindicates Professor Weinstein’s argument. It does not want to reason. It wants to show its force, show what it can do to anyone who dares to dissent. It does not want to have to contend with Professor Weinstein’s basic point: “On a college campus, one’s right to speak — or to be — should never be based on skin color.”

Instead, the mob calls for the professor to resign or be fired. The mob wants him gone. It believes that people who disagree with it should not have a place in the university.

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  1. There are parents somewhere. So parents, tell your children to start listening and learning, or you will cut off the dollars. If they do not, then cut off the dollars. They are of an age where they need to learn responsibility – well, really that should have started long ago. It is time to step up to the plate and realize that these are young adults with no real responsibility.

    Back in the”old” days there was a cartoon (talking about when a lot of those ‘liberal’ teachers were students) that said something along the lines of “go get our welfare check, then lets go protest the government”. Sure that I left it out. But it covers the same irresponsibility of those protestors at that time. They did nothing to pay their own way, or to really better the world, they just wanted to collect checks, get high, screw around, and then go protest.

    They never did really grow up. They never really became responsible adults, they collect a government check, then go and teach another generation to be …. irresponsible. I had other terms, but thought I would leave it at that. Those teachers never made it in the real world, they just traded one form of government check for another.

    1. Well said Cal, I remember that cartoon. I think it started in 1963 when M.M.Ohare got the SCOUS to kick God(prayer) out of the class room. Then ten yrs. later abortion on demand.Now since then it has been a downward spiral for this country. The rebellion.disrespect etc.This country had well better repent and turn to the Lord. Judgement is here, sounds kinda dated I know,but God does not change.

      1. It’s not likely that this country will repent, nor the world either. Mass repentance is not scriptural, not in the book literally for the last days. Look for much more rebellion, more horrors, more evil to take place in the days to come. You,re right, though, that God does not change. He spoke His word and The Day of the Lord is coming.

        1. I agree Peter, buy if you are truly a Christian, then it is your duty to pray and admonish others as well as ourselves to turn to Jesus.The Lord be with your spirit brother.

  2. I stopped listening when the “students” started chanting “hey, hey, ho, ho” to stop the Weinstein from speaking further. They (the kids- and that is what they are behaving like) are irrational. Marxism has taken over their minds. I would like to note that it is only a few small steps from here and a few years from now, until we will be facing a pogrom against white people much like the incremental genocide against whites that is being practiced in South Africa today.

    Also, I note with interest that a portion of these students ARE white. Stockholm syndrome, “going along to get along”, attempts at trying to be part of the fashionable in-group, or just plain stupidity are at work here where the white kids are concerned. If indeed they are trying to placate their minority peers, or they are trying to meld with the in-group, they will find themselves rejected by that same group once it grows to majority status.

    Those white students among them with the strength of character and intelligence to resist should complain that they (or their parents) PAID for instruction at this institution and are entitled to be present throughout the school year. Another tactic that would work is simply to leave the school for one with a better learning environment- and for the alumni of the school to stop making donations. The latter tactic has gotten the Temple University trustees attention in the recent case of that ignorant Marxist “professor” who Twittered hate comments against whites- he is in danger of losing his job.

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