Here's my take on the current controversy at Evergreen College. If you ask me, this serves as an example of why college administrations cannot give in to the ridiculous demands of these student mobs. Their agenda will regress campuses further and further away from actual equality, and if they think it will help get them what they want, I have no doubt they'd be willing to destroy their schools to make a point.
I'm really happy that Weinstein has chosen to speak out about what's happened. I went to a college where, if you spoke out against the intense social justice agenda, you were immediately vilified and ostracized, were left bereft of friends and were marked a bigot. If we want to see society progress, we need to focus on real issues and stop tearing down people because they disagree with us.
It is great to hear Weinstein's view on the protests from his own words. The protest against him was truly uncalled for, and his experience as someone fighting against racism should be his legacy, not as someone who was wrongly accused of being racist.
Joe asserts that the idea of only whites being racist is new - that's not the case. I ran into this argument in 1992 in the military when a black soldier said "blacks can't be racist" in equal opportunity training for our unit. I had just earned a degree in sociology the year before and had never heard this idea on campus - yet here it was being stated as fact by this man. I was stunned, but years later came to understand he learned this distorted view from postmodern education.
Mr. Weinstein explains the history of the "Day of Absence" @ Evergreen
I definitely agree with @lbrindley and @aarti here, there should be more discussion here
I think the majority of liberals would disagree with what happened here. @lbrindley is completely right
Though I am all for inclusivity on campus, what happened at Evergreen State is definitely overkill. It gives the progressive movement a bad name, and I agree with you, @RoamingMillennial that boundaries should have been set. I do not think the students should be thrown out by any means, but I do think that someone should talk to them about respecting college officials and work towards giving their movement a more positive image.
I think they have destroyed the school to make a point. I thought things were bad when I was in college but it's increasingly clear that racial integration, free speech and philosophical diversity aren't high priorities on campus any more. Missouri State is seeing it's smallest freshman class in 20 years and you can draw a dotted line between the those numbers and Melissa Click exposing just who is actually running that campus. It's terribly sad because I'm a firm believer in a liberal education, but a small "l" liberal, not the capital "L" progressive indoctrination that we're seeing today, but I don't know how we'll ever return to those days as long as the scions of education say this is how education works.