The events surrounding Professor Bret Weinstein at Evergreen State College are receiving national attention. We covered the story originally
The short version is that Weinstein has become the target of students after he wrote an email objecting to a campus movement to exclude whites for a day, as impermissible racism. His email was polite and thoughtful.
Yet the reaction was vitriolic, as we covered in the post Evergreen State leftist professor stunned as SJWs viciously turn on him. Here is video of the professor being confronted:
[Update – YouTube took down the widely shared video above based on its “bullying” policy, which makes no sense. Another, longer version is available here, as of 6-5-2017.]
Weinstein explained on Tucker Carlson “I’m a deeply progressive person. I’m troubled by what this implies about the current state of the left.”
Weinstein tweeted out a cartoon by a friend explaining the situation:
This video, via the College Fix, shows how the protests spiraled beyond targeting Weinstein, into black power anti-white racist chants:
— “FUCK YOU, AND FUCK THE POLICE!”
— “Whiteness is the most violent fuckin’ system to ever breathe!”
— “I’m tired of white people talking about what black and brown people need.”
— “These white-ass faculty members need to be holding HIM, and HIM, and ALL these people accountable!”
— “FUCK YOU [President] GEORGE [Bridges], we don’t wanna listen to a GODDAMN thing you have to say! No, you shut the fuck up!”
— “I’m tellin’ you, you’re speakin’ to your ancestor, all right? We been here before you. We built these cities, we had civilization way before you ever had … comin’ out your caves.”
— “You have the fucking nerve to, like, fucking dehumanize our (unintelligible)!”
Blacks students at Evergreen State College in response to a professor objecting to having a "no whites day." THIS is racism, period. pic.twitter.com/SLsYXcLP9w
— John doe (@juhhhjgghk) May 28, 2017
What’s happening at Evergreen is similar to what we’ve seen at other campuses. I’ve compared it to the Chinese Communist Cultural Revolution, The new Cultural Revolution on Campuses:
The events of the past year on campuses have been beyond disturbing.
We are witnessing nothing less than a cultural purge of dissenting views on a wide range of topics in the name of social justice. No disagreement is tolerated, not even the slightest deviation. That purge has been going on for many years, but seems to have intensified and is turning on speakers, professors and fellow students….
The purge isn’t just shout-downs and shut-downs. It’s a demand that professors and other students not deviate one iota from the prevailing campus views, lest they be publicly shamed as racist, sexist, homophobic, Islamophobic, transphobic, and so on. Those labels can be devastating to careers, and fear of being labeled even when not warranted is enough to shut up most people on campus….
The tactics on campus have not reached the violence of the Cultural Revolution, but the attacks on speakers, professors and students deemed ideologically unacceptable, and the destruction of politically incorrect history, are eerily similar….
As I mentioned in that post, no historical analogy is precise, though I think the Cultural Revolution is a good analogy
NYU Prof. Jonathan Haidt, writing at Heterodox Academy, a faculty website devoted to diversity of thought on campuses, has another analogy. What’s going on at campuses, as demonstrated by the Weinstein case, is a religious heresy trial, and the religion is Diversity, The blasphemy case against Bret Weinstein, and its four lessons for professors:
In the wake of the violence at Middlebury and Berkeley, and in the aftermath of the faculty mob that coalesced to condemn gender studies professor Rebecca Tuvel, many commentators have begun analyzing the new campus culture of intersectionality as a form of fundamentalist religion including public rituals with more than a passing resemblance to witch-hunts. The second-clearest case of these dynamics that I have ever seen is currently underway at Evergreen State College, in Olympia, Washington.
After reviewing multiple similar student protests centered on racial diversity issues, Haidt finds several lessons here:
There are several lessons that American professors can draw from these three events:
1) Never object to a diversity policy publicly. It is no longer permitted. You may voice concerns in a private conversation, but if you do it in a public way, you are inviting a visit from a mob or punishment from an administrator.
2) Do not assume that being politically progressive will protect you (as Weinstein and the Christakises found out). Whatever your politics, you are eventually going to say or do something that will be interpreted incorrectly and ungenerously. Your intentions don’t matter (as Dean Spellman found out at CMC.) This is especially true if your university offers students training in the detection of microaggressions.
3) If a mob comes for you, there is a good chance that the president of your university will side with the mob and validate its narrative (as the presidents at Yale and Evergreen have done, although the presidents at Middlebury and Claremont McKenna did not).
4) If a mob comes for you, the great majority of its members will be non-violent. However, given the new standard operating procedure (which I described in a recent Chronicle article entitled “Intimidation is the New Normal”) you must assume that one or more of its members is willing to use violence against you, and you can assume that many members of the mob believe that violence against you is morally justifiable.
This video shows the “witch” (i.e. Weinstein) being called out and told to sit down by students at a campus meeting in the presence of the college president:
Eric Weinstein, Prof. Weinstein’s brother who has been tweeting to call attention to the situation, astutely summed up what is going on – this is an Intersectional Shakedown:
The two videos below show the college President being berated into subservience to the crowd, which shouts repeated racial grievances which amount to demands for re-education of faculty and students with workshops, and demands for the administration to assuage students’ insecurities.
The videos are long, but watch them, and and you will see an intolerance and refusal to listen to others much like a witch trial. (added) John Paul Pagano has storified the first video below:
No analogy is perfect, but regardless of historical analogy, what’s happening on campuses should disturb anyone who cares about education and the emerging college generation.
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