One professor at Evergreen State College is siding with fellow professor Bret Weinstein but says he expects to be called a bigot for doing so. Mike Paros, a veterinarian and teacher at the school, sent a letter to his state representative saying there are others on campus who support Weinstein but who are afraid to do so publicly for fear of being labeled racists. From the Olympian:
In his letter, he described the controversy on campus as being complicated by “a collection of professors that are so blinded by their advocacy, that they cannot fathom different viewpoints.” He wrote that “the college is now contributing to the vilification, paranoia and irrational rhetoric that fuels hatred and violence.”
Paros also indicated that other people on campus support Weinstein, but they’re afraid of being labeled bigots. He said he met a student recently who was angry that she was told to shut up at a student rally, based on her skin color.
“She did not comply and was called a racist,” Paros wrote. “I asked her if this bothered her. She said, ‘No, because I am not a racist.’”
Paros’ writes, “To the faculty, too afraid to speak out: I urge you to walk toward the fire.” But so far, walking toward the fire isn’t nearly as popular as calls to ‘burn the witch!’ About 60 professors at Evergreen State College have signed a letter calling for an investigation of Weinstein. His crime? He spoke about what happened to him on Fox News and the Wall Street Journal.
The professors who blame Weinstein for the problems on campus seem much less interested in investigating the progressive students who have been marching around campus with bats and vandalizing the school in the name of tolerance. If anyone has been disciplined for this behavior, it is being kept very quiet.
More importantly, these students have been given a pass for their illiberal approach to debate exemplified in Paros’ letter. Anyone who disagrees with this cult of intersectionality is immediately labeled a racist whose opinions are therefore illegitimate. That was evident in their initial confrontation of Professor Weinstein. The students didn’t want a respectful dialogue, they wanted Weinstein to shut up and resign.
And yet the faculty and the college president only seem interested in the fact that no one resorted to violence as if that’s something to be proud of here. The fact that the mob demanded a man lose his job and face having his career permanently tainted because he had a different opinion doesn’t seem to raise an eyebrow.
If these students graduate from Evergreen not understanding that when others have a different point of view that does not justify hurling abuse and threatening their job, then Evergreen has failed them completely. And that failure will not be the fault of Professor Weinstein.