A letter was sent Friday to students by the faculty at Evergreen State College, saying they stand behind the protesters and wish to pursue disciplinary action against Professor Brett Weinstein.
The Oregon college of about 4,000 students erupted in protests last week after Weinstein, a leftwing biology professor, told student activists he did not agree with their “Day of Absence” plans. The Day of Absence is usually conducted by students of color leaving the campus for the day, to bring awareness to their presence and issues. This year, however, student activists wanted all white students and faculty to leave for the day. Weinstein, who supported the former Days of Absence, called this year’s plan an act of oppression.
The blowup was highly publicized by the media, and the campus was shut down yesterday and today due to a man calling local police, threatening to shoot up the school.
The faculty letter signed by 71 professors made a promise to capitulate to the student’s list of demands, while blaming Weinstein for endangering students.
“Demonstrate accountability by pursuing a disciplinary investigation against Bret Weinstein according to guidelines in the Social Contract and Faculty Handbook,” read one of the listed concessions. “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 faculty also vowed to help “counter the alt-right narratives that are demonizing Evergreen and Day of Absence specifically” and “[hold] each other accountable when we act in racist ways.”
They also denounced claims that any of the protesters acted violently in the last week, which is bullshit considering this video where a student is assaulted for covering up anti-Weinstein messages on the wall.
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