Jonathan Turley on Evergreen State College. JT is on target.
The best new is that the School's enrollment is plunging and it has budget problems. I'm hoping it goes under. We do not need faculty like this teaching our children and influencing them.
We 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 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