Evergreen State College in Washington State was officially shut down for two days this week because of a student walkout and a threat that was called into a police dispatcher. The state-funded college has been the scene for raucous student-led rallies, as well.
Here follows a transcript of the call:
Caller: Yes, I’m on my way to Evergreen University now with a .44 Magnum. I am gonna execute as many people on that campus as I can get a hold of. You have that? What’s going on there? You communist, scumbag town. I’m going to murder as many people on that campus as I can. Just keep your, keep your eyes open, you scumbag.
The caller has yet to be identified by police. Even while the caller may have sought to portray himself as an armed right-winger incensed by the left-wing politics at the college, there have been hoaxes afoot as well. For example, within the last six months, several hoaxes have been exposed. In one case, a homosexual organist at an Episcopal church was found to have painted swastikas and the phrase “Heil Trump” on the walls of his own church. In other cases, racist graffiti and even the burning of a black church in Mississippi have turned out to have been committed by non-white perpetrators.
The Evergreen State College has been roiled by student protests. Even progressivist leftist professors have been targeted by students who accuse them of racism. Evergreen State refused to protect the safety and free-speech rights of its faculty from students’ threats and aggression. This year, to note the colleges annual Day of Absence — a day when blacks leave campus to evoke the spirit of a Douglas Turner Ward play — campus activists demanded that all whites leave instead.
Biology professor Bret Weinstein, who happens to be a supporter of Sen. Bernie Sanders, sent an email to colleagues that criticized the move. He wrote that while it made sense for black and brown students to willingly depart from campus to “highlight their vital and underappreciated roles,” forcing all whites to leave would be “an act of oppression in and of itself.” Soon, shouting mobs of students occupied Weinstein’s classroom, called him a racist, and demanded his resignation.
Videos of the classroom occupation appeared on YouTube, prompting activists to demand their removal. Students then demanded “the immediate disarming of police services” and “mandatory sensitivity and cultural competency training for faculty, staff, administrators, and student employees” college president George Bridges excused them from homework and mandated sensitivity training for all college employees. He also created a new “equity center,” and launched “an extensive forensic investigation” to “seek criminal charges” against whoever posted the videos.
Local police told Weinstein to stay off campus because they could not guarantee his safety. For his part, college president Bridges praised the protesters’ “passion and courage.”
One-fourth of Evergreen’s faculty signed onto a letter that called on Bridges to discipline Weinstein:
“Demonstrate accountability by pursuing a disciplinary investigation against Bret Weinstein according to guidelines in the Social Contract and Faculty Handbook. Weinstein has endangered faculty, staff, and students, making them targets of white supremacist backlash by promulgating misinformation in public emails, on national television, in news outlets, and on social media.”
The fracas has gained the attention of lawmakers in the state capital. State Rep. Matt Manweller (R) told KIRO Radio news that he wants to cut state government funding for the public college.
“At the end of the day, we the Legislature and the people have to speak up and say, ‘We are not going to contribute our taxpayer dollars to a college that wants to re-institute a Jim Crow approach to education and segregation,” Manweller said.
Manweller introduced a bill on Thursday to induce Washington State to cut ties with Evergreen College. If it becomes law, the measure would sever relations between the state and the college within five years. Manweller, who is a professor of political science at Central Washington University, said, “Let’s take that money and give it to the UW engineering program, STEM programs, math, science.” He said, “Let’s go compete on the global market again with the Chinese, the Japanese, the Indians and bring America back to technological prominence. Let’s spend the money on a credible degree rather than a social justice, victimization, woe-is-me, I want reparations, pseudo-science they are teaching at Evergreen.”