One of Professor Bret Weinstein’s students has given an interview describing her experience being in the classroom when a mob of students showed up to demand Weinstein’s resignation. This student also attended a subsequent meeting at the library where protesters berated Weinstein and college president George Bridges. This woman is not identified by name but she is not McKenzie Kyger, the student who spoke up at a Board of Trustees meeting.
After the “carnival type atmosphere” subsided at Weinstein’s classroom, students were told there would be a meeting later that afternoon at the library where Professor Weinstein would be given a chance to speak. When Weinstein arrived at that meeting, several protesters took up positions surrounding him as if they were guards or minders. Weinstein tried to speak to the room a couple times but was told he wasn’t allowed. Some of Weinstein’s own students then tried to stand up for him.
“There were two people of color in my class, in Bret’s class, who tried to speak, both defending him and trying just to say you really need to hear what he has to say,” the unidentified student says. She continues, “One was told that she—her skin was too light and that she needed to listen to people of darker colored skin because…I guess I don’t really understand that argument. She was actually talking about the Chinese cultural revolution, which she knows a lot about, and she was pointing out some similarities there.
“And then another half-black student in our class tried to speak and she was told that she didn’t understand. And then at one point she yells out ‘I’m not oppressed’ and people were like ‘Oh, you don’t understand.'”
Once the meeting was over, Weinstein and his students filed out. “People were calling us Nazis and white supremacists and racists,” she says. “I’ve never met any of these people before. They don’t know me,” she adds.
Ultimately, this student blames the situation on the college’s leadership and faculty than on the students. “I’m not sure if there are more legitimate ways to actually talk to George [Bridges] about this,” she says.
“He certainly hasn’t facilitated meetings where it’s not okay to yell and scream. So I think that he set this precedent for behavior that has led anger to be legitimized. And certainly [professor] Naima Lowe screaming at other faculty members and swearing at them and threatening Bret’s wife Heather has set the example that students are allowed to act this way as well and actively hunt people on campus and go around with baseball bats and spread out other student’s information.”
Here’s the interview.