In the past fortnight, the Evergreen State College mob has incited violence against a professor, gotten said professor, Bret Weinstein, to flee campus in fear for his physical safety, inflicted $10,000 in property damage on campus, shut down classes, and forced graduation to be held off campus as a result.
Evergreen reopened its broken, vandalized doors on Tuesday to a world finally awakened to the deadly seriousness of campus fascism. Prior to going quiet after receiving mass-murder threats, Weinstein wrote an editorial in the Wall Street Journal warning: “The Campus Mob Came for Me—and You, Professor, Could Be Next.” There have been many others before him, before and since illiberal witch hunts ran Erika and Nicholas Christakis off of Yale’s campus two years ago, and this latest installment could have gone unnoticed by the nothing-to-see-here establishment. But finally, the New York Times has found a mob victim sympathetic enough in Weinstein, a liberal professor, to publicly lambaste the mobs at Evergreen, who counter every question, comment, and even a hand gesture by shouting, “RACIST.”
“It’s just the way discourse goes these days,” Evergreen president George Bridges told the Times’s Frank Bruni. Even the Seattle Times, which has previously let Bridges wax poetic on, “Why students need trigger warnings and safe places” in its editorial pages, condemned Evergreen as having “no safety, no learning, no future.”
The mostly silent minority of Evergreen published a letter condemning the mobs and the administration for encouraging anarchy by ordering the local police force to back down (a move that must have played out swimmingly since rioters began patrolling the grounds with baseball bats, according to Thurston County Sheriff John Snaza).
With the world witnessing Evergreen’s Mizzou-scale collapse in real time, perhaps the Left has finally woken up to its own tendency to eat its own. Or perhaps Bridges will continue to play his fiddle, clinging to his “trigger warnings and safe places,” while his school burns around him.