Students hold university ‘hostage’ with protests


Students at Evergreen State College in Washington are still creating an uproar with their protests against white professors and a long list of demands they want upheld.

Last week they conducted a huge demonstration against science professor Bret Weinstein, who spoke out against an all-day “diversity event” that was only supposed to be for people of color. The students had demanded that all white people leave the campus for the event, and when he didn’t agree with it, they demanded he be fired.

Now a new video has emerged, showing the students demanding that they not be penalized if they don’t get their homework completed in time, and the college president, George Bridges, caves in and agrees to their demand, as reported by Campus Reform:

“All of us are students and have homework and projects and things due. Have you sent an email out to your faculty letting them know?” one student protester asks, saying “what’s been done about that” and noting that she and her peers were participating in the meeting “on [their] own time.”

“It’s the first thing I’ll do. I have not done it yet, I will do it right now,” Bridges replies while one protester declares that professors “need to be told that these assignments won’t be done on time and we don’t need to be penalized for that.”

A full transcript has been released of a statement by the college president, George Bridges, which is shared in part below.   He thanks the “courageous” students for voicing their concerns:

“We are grateful to the courageous students who have voiced their concerns. We understand that the demands presented are evolving. We have worked intensely on this in the past two days. Our responses, too, will evolve to ensure we are attending to the needs you present. Our documents must live and be living, changing with additional issues and concerns as they arise. This work never ends.

We have heard from students very clearly that they experience racism on campus that interferes with their education. We acknowledge that the status quo isn’t acceptable. We don’t know all the answers. We want to come together with you to learn from your experience, to build solutions, and to take action. We are grateful for this catalyst to expedite the work to which we are jointly committed.”

Wednesday, May 24, students took over the school library in a massive protest against Professor Weinstein, demanding that the college president fire him. The students were chanting over and over, “Hey, hey, ho, ho, these racist teachers have got to go!” and ranting about “these white a** faculty members.”


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