Black Activists Are Angry, Edited Video Surfaced Depicting “Single Narrative” of Student Protest
In Olympia, Washington a video captured at Evergreen State College is causing a great deal of commotion. Black activists are outraged who argued the video has been stolen and deceitfully edited. The video displays these students accusing administration of discrimination and not listening to their demands. Activists noted the video among their list of demands, saying, “We demand that the video created for Day of Absence and Day of Presence that was stolen by white supremacists and edited to expose and ridicule the students and staff be taken down by the administration by this Friday.” Students were also upset telling social media that police had responded too aggressively to their peaceful protests.
The situation derived from a professor objecting to a Day of Absence demand activists made that would keep all whites off campus as racial issues are discussed. Activists responded to this objection demanding the professor be fired. Bret Weinstein, a professor of biology, wrote, “On a college campus, one’s right to speak — or to be — must never be based on skin color.”
President George Bridges responded to the demands stating that the attorney general’s office had been consulted and “the most likely course of action requires an investigation. We commit to launching an extensive forensic investigation of the theft of this video and to determining who stole it from the student. If that investigation yields a suspect, we will seek criminal charges against the individual in consultation with the attorney general.”
Protests such as the one held at Evergeen have gotten so out of hand that CNN host, Freeda Zakaria scolded liberals for what he stated was an act of closed minded-ness and intolerance to conservative ideas and voices.
Here is a partial statement from the board’s response:
We are deeply committed to ensuring that Evergreen provides a civil, safe campus environment for all. During the last week, the conduct of a small percentage of Evergreen’s community members exhibited unacceptable behavior that is completely contrary to Evergreen’s values. Although almost all of students continued to attend classes and receive the extraordinary education that Evergreen delivers, the lack of tolerance and respect displayed by a few during these recent events and disruptions is indefensible.
Freedom of speech, civil discourse and open debate has been a cornerstone of our country’s history — and Evergreen’s history. In difficult times, these pillars become even more significant. Intellectual inquiry, freedom of expression, tolerance and inclusiveness are core tenets of Evergreen’s philosophy and approach to education. Anyone who prevents Evergreen from delivering a positive and productive learning environment for all students has, and will continue to be held accountable for their actions and face appropriate consequences.