Wednesday, August 02, 2017

How Bad Is The Environment at Evergreen College

You've probably heard of the explosive, racially-charged events that took place earlier this year at Evergreen (State) College in Olympia, WA.  After getting plenty of well-deserved negative press, the school has pledged to "educate" its students about discriminating against students based on the color of their skin.  That would be straight out of 1964 were it not for the fact that white students were the ones being openly harassed, attacked, and threatened:
After a white Evergreen State College student filed a formal complaint citing claims of “racially driven violence and harassment” from peers of color, a campus official has pledged that future training topics for student leaders will include preventing bias based on race.

The complaint had been filed by student Steve Coffman*, a junior and history major at the embattled university, who stated that at a heated campus meeting in late May organized by students who claimed the campus is racist and attended by President George Bridges, Coffman was told to get out of the seat he was sitting in and move to the back of the room because he is white.

“I entered about 20 minutes before the meeting started and sat in one of the numerous provided chairs in the room. Subsequently I was approached twice about being a ‘white person’ sitting in chairs that were ‘reserved for people of color,’” Coffman stated in the emailed complaint, a copy of which was obtained by The College Fix.

“Twice I was told I should not be sitting in those chairs and I should leave the room or stand in the back. 
You'd think minorities, specifically American blacks, would be sensitive to issues about being told to sit in the back (of the bus).
“I refused to move and was repeatedly harassed by event organizers and other students around me,” Coffman added. “As this happened on college property and at an event attended by college leadership, it is patently obvious that attempts to discriminate and deny access to facilities based on race or ethnicity occurred in violation of state law and college policy.”
Ya think?
Also in mid-July, a memo emailed from an Evergreen State College administrator to students warned them that aggressively cornering and shouting down faculty, staff and peers and blocking campus exits is actually illegal and future occurrences could result in criminal charges.
One wonders why the school didn't enforce these rules last May.

Another student, while claiming that the campus isn't a hotbed of racism, somehow survives swirling inconsistency after writing this:
I’m left wondering, where is the racism I keep hearing so much about? This place is so not racist. If it was any less racist, it could be the textbook example for MLK’s dream. It’s so far left its professors and policies often make Bernie Sanders look moderate.

Yet I kept hearing about racist campus police, and racist professors, and racists campus policies, and institutional racism. Then I asked for specifics. Big mistake.

The response I get in person and online can be summarized thusly: “Asking about racism is perpetuating racism.” “Seeking evidence is oppressive.”
It's not racist because it's so leftie?  *retch*

After a few more observations he states,
I say this as a non-traditional student in nearly every way. I’m 37 years old and a junior. I’m a gun-toting libertarian atheist who voted for George W. Bush. Twice.
The racism is right in front of him but he refuses to see it.  Impressive, dangerous, clueless, or some mixture of all three?

1 comment:

Pseudotsuga said...

I vote for his desire to virtue signal short circuiting any detection of racism. He doesn't see it because he doesn't want to see it, because if it's real then much of his worldview will become untenable, and Leftists (even "gun-toting liberatarian athesist" ones) can't handle a reality based education like that.