The Evergreen State College is an interesting institution and has been since its very beginning. There are no grades for students, but they get a written evaluation of performance along with full, reduced, or no credit for the courses taken. There is no tenure for faculty, so professors can be fired or not rehired as the College sees fit. But, Evergreen has always been associated with some level of progressive lunacy because of its origins and continuity of non-traditional education.
One tradition at Evergreen is the “day of presence, day of absence” events, where students and faculty of color would spend a day absent from Evergreen (and other institutions across the nation) got shifted around this year where organizers demanded that instead of people of color having the freedom to leave, that whites must leave the campus instead. This is supposed to be followed by the “day of presence” where constructive dialogue takes place.
One professor, said “no” and the inevitable backlash occurred. So, who is this guy?
If you watched through the video, you get the impression that Bret isn’t a dyed in the wool communist, that he falls into the “classic democrat” camp as far as capitalism and regulation go, and that he falls a bit more on the “authoritarian” side of politics to enforce what he sees as necessary regulatory activities. Hardly a member of the John Birch society, but not completely unreasonable either.
Is he a white supremacist? Nope. Is he a guy who probably supports people who have been exploited and were powerless to stop it? Clearly.
So…what is Evergreen going to do about this? Well his fellow faculty members think this:
* 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.
You can find the entire list of faculty drama here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1zwPLnekTcjlmwO_0IyS7qF33sa40ufi2zAMEP-MU3IE/edit
Interesting thing about that Social Contract, is that it is actually Washington State Law and you can find it here: http://apps.leg.wa.gov/wac/default.aspx?cite=174-121-010
(1) General: Evergreen is an institution and a community that continues to organize itself so that it can clear away obstacles to learning. In order that both creative and routine work can be focused on education, and so that the mutual and reciprocal roles of campus community members can best reflect the goals and purposes of the college, a system of governance and decision-making consonant with those goals and purposes is required.
(a) Evergreen can thrive only if members respect the rights of others while enjoying their own rights. Students, faculty, administrators, and staff members may differ widely in their specific interests, in the degree and kinds of experiences they bring to Evergreen, and in the functions which they have agreed to perform. All must share alike in prizing academic and interpersonal honesty, in responsibly obtaining and in providing full and accurate information, and in resolving their differences through due process and with a strong will to collaboration.
(b) The Evergreen community should support experimentation with new and better ways to achieve Evergreen’s goals. Specifically, it must attempt to emphasize the sense of community and require members of the campus community to play multiple, reciprocal, and reinforcing roles in both the teaching/learning process and in the governance process.
(3) Freedom and civility: The individual members of the Evergreen community are responsible for protecting each other and visitors on campus from physical harm, from personal threats, and from uncivil abuse. Civility is not just a word; it must be present in all our interactions. Similarly, the institution is obligated, both by principle and by the general law, to protect its property from damage and unauthorized use and its operating processes from interruption. Members of the community must exercise the rights accorded them to voice their opinions with respect to basic matters of policy and other issues. The Evergreen community will support the right of its members, individually or in groups, to express ideas, judgments, and opinions in speech or writing. The members of the community, however, are obligated to make statements in their own names and not as expressions on behalf of the college. The board of trustees or the president speaks on behalf of the college and may at times share or delegate the responsibility to others within the college. Among the basic rights of individuals are freedom of speech, freedom of peaceful assembly and association, freedom of belief, and freedom from intimidation, violence, and abuse.
(4) Individual and institutional rights: Each member of the community must protect:
(a) The fundamental rights of others in the community as citizens;
(b) The right of each member in the community to pursue different learning objectives within the limits defined by Evergreen’s curriculum or resources of people, materials, equipment and money;
(c) The rights and obligations of Evergreen as an institution established by the state of Washington; and
(d) Individual rights to fair and equitable procedures when the institution acts to protect the safety of its members.
(5) Society and the college:
(a) Members of the Evergreen community recognize that the college is part of the larger society as represented by the state of Washington, which funds it, and by the community of greater Olympia, in which it is located. Because the Evergreen community is part of the larger society, the campus is not a sanctuary from the general law or invulnerable to general public opinion.
(b) All members of the Evergreen community should strive to prevent the financial, political, or other exploitation of the campus by any individual or group.
(c) Evergreen has the right to prohibit individuals and groups from using its name, its financial or other resources, and its facilities for commercial, or political activities.
(6) Prohibition against discrimination: There may be no discrimination at Evergreen with respect to race, sex, age, handicap, sexual orientation, religious or political belief, or national origin in considering individuals’ admission, employment, or promotion. To this end the college has adopted an affirmative action policy approved by the state human rights commission and the higher education personnel board. Affirmative action complaints shall be handled in accordance with state law, as amended (e.g., chapter 49.74 RCW; RCW 28B.16.100; chapter 251-23 WAC).
(7) Right to privacy:
(a) All members of the college community have the right to organize their personal lives and conduct according to their own values and preferences, with an appropriate respect for the rights of others to organize their lives differently.
(b) All members of the Evergreen community are entitled to privacy in the college’s offices, facilities devoted to educational programs, and housing. The same right of privacy extends to personal papers, confidential records, and personal effects, whether maintained by the individual or by the institution.
(c) Evergreen does not stand in loco parentis for its members.
(8) Intellectual freedom and honesty:
(a) Evergreen’s members live under a special set of rights and responsibilities, foremost among which is that of enjoying the freedom to explore ideas and to discuss their explorations in both speech and print. Both institutional and individual censorship are at variance with this basic freedom. Research or other intellectual efforts, the results of which must be kept secret or may be used only for the benefit of a special interest group, violate the principle of free inquiry.
(b) An essential condition for learning is the freedom and right on the part of an individual or group to express minority, unpopular, or controversial points of view. Only if minority and unpopular points of view are listened to, and are given opportunity for expression will Evergreen provide bona fide opportunities for significant learning.
(c) Honesty is an essential condition of learning, teaching or working. It includes the presentation of one’s own work in one’s own name, the necessity to claim only those honors earned, and the recognition of one’s own biases and prejudices.
(9) Open forum and access to information:
(a) All members of the Evergreen community enjoy the right to hold and to participate in public meetings, to post notices on the campus, and to engage in peaceful demonstrations. Reasonable and impartially applied rules may be set with respect to time, place and use of Evergreen facilities in these activities.
(b) As an institution, Evergreen has the obligation to provide open forum for the members of its community to present and to debate public issues, to consider the problems of the college, and to serve as a mechanism of widespread involvement in the life of the larger community.
(c) The governance system must rest on open and ready access to information by all members of the community as well as on the effective keeping of necessary records.
(d) In the Evergreen community, individuals should not feel intimidated or be subject to reprisal for voicing their concerns or for participating in governance or policy making.
(e) Decision making processes must provide equal opportunity to initiate and participate in policy making, and Evergreen policies apply equally regardless of job description, status or role in the community. However, college policies and rules shall not conflict with state law or statutory, regulatory and/or contractual commitments to college employees.
(10) Political activities: The college is obligated not to take a position, as an institution, in electoral politics or on public issues except for those matters which directly affect its integrity, the freedom of the members of its community, its financial support, and its educational programs. At the same time, Evergreen has the obligation to recognize and support its community’s members’ rights to engage, as citizens of the larger society, in political affairs, in any way that they may elect within the provision of the general law.
Yeah, I’d say that Professor Weinstein has a clear protection of his actions based on the Social Contract for the Evergreen State College.
But legal protection under the 1st Amendment, and even further declarations of freedom of expression under the Social Contract will absolutely NOT stop a witch hunt.
The very argument, made by people who should know better, can be summed up as this: “Professor Weinstein used his freedom of communication to say things that we didn’t like, and as a result we are claiming some existential harm and danger in order to get him fired.”
But it isn’t just the faculty that are willing to violate the Social Contract: http://www.cooperpointjournal.com/2017/05/27/george-bridges-statement-in-response-to-student-demands-delivered-in-the-longhouse-on-friday-may-26/
“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.”
And the current College President agreed:
Based on conversations with the Attorney General’s office, 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.
Unfortunately for the Special Snowflake Brigade, they don’t understand the “Streisand Effect” so the video went even more viral. Great job there folks.
So what we have here is a large group of students who don’t abide by the Social Contract acting out against a Professor who was, now being targeted by fellow faculty members in a witch hunt because evidently they can’t be bothered to understand the Social Contract either.
Progressivism is a mental disease, one that even actively attacks “rationality” as being antithetical to “progressivism” and “social justice. http://everydayfeminism.com/2016/03/why-rationalism-is-irrational/ Seriously, now “rationality” is a tool of the white devil and therefore to throw off the chains of rational oppression social justice warriors must throw off rationality. Well, in that case social justice warriors, I’d say you’ve successfully accomplished that.
We live in a world where the “poor oppressed students” at Evergreen effectively shut down the college campus and no one does anything but laugh and snicker at their idiocy in the same time period that children are dying at Ariana Grande concerts and the annual Ramadan Murder Fest goes on across the globe.
But in the end, these students are children. They are children living in the most open, most free society ever on the planet, beneficiaries of the largess of the prosperity of capitalism, who are throwing a temper tantrum because they are too ignorant and absolutely unwilling to grow up. If the trend continues, it will eventually end in a civil war that they start because they have never learned to compromise rationally with other adults.
I’m not the only one who understands that there is absolutely no way to please the SJW crowd, nothing will ever be enough for them:
So in the end, this post about an oncoming war and how to prepare for it, becomes darkly prophetic. http://www.thisblogisdangerous.com/the-left-must-bleed/