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White professor forced to flee campus as police say he’s not safe

The Evergreen State College biology professor Bret Weinstein was targeted by vitriolic and aggressive student protests against him this week after he refused to leave campus during a so-called “Day of Absence.” It was a day in which white people were told to stay away from campus so students of color could have a safe space to powwow and commiserate.

That observance was in mid-April, but this week massive protests unfolded against Weinstein after students found out about his conscientious objection to the absence day and his refusal to support their demands for racial reparations.

Videos of these protests show a bunch of mostly white students yelling at this white professor for not leaving campus on the no-whites day. Wrap your head around that.

Things have quickly escalated. Yesterday Weinstein was forced to hold class off-campus because police say they cannot protect him, he told a local TV news station.

“I have been told by the Chief of Police it’s not safe for me to be on campus,” said Weinstein, who held his Thursday class in a downtown Olympia park, King 5 reports, adding an “administrator confirmed the police department advised Weinstein it ‘might be best to stay off campus for a day or so.'”

Making matters worse, social justice warriors are targeting students who support Weinstein, threatening to dox those who helped him film the raucous protesters as they cornered him in the campus hallway and yelled at him and called him names.

Meanwhile, the administration is being feckless and silent about the real safety concerns faced by the biology professor and his student supporters, according to Weinstein’s recent tweets:

Weinstein, who has taught at Evergreen State for 15 years, is also being targeted because he does not support the call to hire more faculty of color. For that, he’s been labeled a racist. Some are calling for his resignation. Graffiti has targeted him too, King 5 reports.

But he stands his ground, telling the news station “when one opposes these proposals, what happens is one is stigmatized as ‘anti-equity’ and because I am light-skinned the narrative suggests I’m a person who has benefited from privilege and that I’m trying to preserve that privilege in the face of a legitimate challenge.”

Unsurprisingly, the administration is encouraging even more disruptive student protests by promising to work with the activists “to address their issues,” saying officials have had “an intense and useful conversation” with them.

For more background on this entire affair, read this.

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