May 31, 2017
Protests at the small liberal arts college of Evergreen State College in Washington state have garnered national attention in recent days.
First, the school came under scrutiny after a video showed protesters confronting a professor who refused to leave campus over his white skin color. That teacher, professor Bret Weinstein, questioned the school event's request that all white people leave the campus during a day-long diversity event.
In response, student protesters accused Weinstein of being racist and demanded his resignation.
Weinstein appeared Friday on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” to discuss what happened to him. He told host Tucker Carlson that the school is essentially being bullied by protesters and the school’s president is caving to the protesters' ardent demands.
And now, a video has confirmed what Weinstein alleged.
As first reported by Campus Reform, a newly released video shows Evergreen State President George Bridges essentially bowing to the demands of student protesters — even agreeing to relieve them of their class homework.
"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?” a female protester asks in the video. “What’s been done about that?”
"It’s the first thing I’ll do. I have not done it yet, I will do it right now,” Bridges replies.
“So they need to be told that these assignments won’t be done on time and we don’t need to be penalized for that,” the unnamed protester demands again.
Later in the video, which appeared to be recorded from Bridges’ office, Bridges is seen holding what appeared to be a list of demands. Bridges said he would immediately begin working on the list with his faculty.
The video then skips ahead and shows Bridges asking the students to leave his office because he needs some “privacy.” The students refuse to do so before one student protester speaks up and says that “students of color have to work in threatening environments every day."
“Welcome,” she tells Bridges.
As reported by Campus Reform, additional video shows a montage of confrontations between Bridges and student protesters where the students completely disrespect Bridges by yelling, interrupting, insulting and even cursing at him.
"No, f*** you, George. We don’t want to hear a g*****n thing you have to say," one protester is heard saying in the video. "You talk so f***ing much. No, you shut the f*** up."
The cursing interruption is heard around the 4:00 mark. (Content warning: Rough language):
Despite the disorderly conduct by the protesters, the Evergreen State administration caved to the majority of protester demands, according to a statement by Bridges published by the Cooper Point Journal.
Bridges said that the college will not discipline the students for their protests, the college will expand police training, establish an "expanded equity and multicultural center," and force school faculty to undergo additional cultural sensitivity training. The school also agreed to hire coordinators for transgender and gay students as well as a liaison for undocumented students.
The only demands that the school did not follow through on was firing Weinstein and two other campus officials.
"We are grateful to the courageous students who have voiced their concerns," Bridges said.
"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," he explained. "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."