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Student Thugs
It's the '60s all over again - but somehow even more destructive and violent...

Social justice advocates group at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington could face criminal charges if they continue to intimidate fellow students and faculty members.

It all started when Professor Bret Weinstein, a biology professor, was labeled as racist and was forced out after a severe backlash from students. His crime? He voiced his disapproval of Latino students forcing White students off campus during the “Day of Absence” in May.

The situation worsened as some of the students at the college presented a list of demands to the College President George Bridges, whom they severely threatened and harassed to the point where the president couldn’t even use the restroom if not escorted by the students. Bridges eventually gave into the demands, one of which included ending homework. It was further noted that some of the students even began carrying bats to campus and called it an act of “community policing.”

However, it was one student, McKenzie Kyger, that broke her silence and told the board that her fellow students had labelled her as a white supremacist, also because she disagreed with some of their actions. She further confessed that she wasn’t allowed to speak at meetings simply because of the color of her skin and argued the college had become an “unsafe place.”

“This behavior has actually been encouraged and because of this I feel like people are becoming more violent and the campus is becoming more of an unsafe place. I have been to several meetings to speak. I’ve been told several times that I’m not allowed to speak because I’m white,” Kyger said.

“This school seems to focus so much on race that it is actually becoming more racist in a different sort of way. And because I say that — because I choose not to focus on race I have actually been labeled a racist and a white supremacist. If anyone took the time to actually know me, it’s not true at all,” Kyger added.

Weinstein also broke silence and indicated that harassment that some students and college staff were facing. “Do you know that the college descended into literal anarchy. For days the campus was not under control of the state, it was under the control of protesters. There were assaults, there were batteries, there was pressure not to report crimes to the police. People were, by the legal definition I believe, kidnapped and imprisoned. That included faculty members and administrators. Others were hunted on the campus.”

“Lawless bands roamed the campus unimpeded. Police were physically and intentionally blocked by protesters. Police were cruelly, systematically and personally taunted. They were humiliated and forced to stand down by the president. Students that held different opinions were, by the protesters own analysis, stalked, harassed … their names, pictures, addresses, and phone numbers were distributed online.

“Do you know that although the code of conduct is supposed to protect all of us that Dr. Bridges decided to selectively suspend it, giving some students license to threaten others.”

Not everyone agreed with Weinstein and Kyger, and most demanded that the board to “strategically and thoughtfully choose to listen, find and tell the stories of what happened, stories that understand social change to be messy and righteous, difficult and necessary.” However, the verdict is finally in, as a memo sent out by Washington’s Evergreen State College’s administrators to student body indicated that the actions taken by the Washington’s Evergreen State College’s administrators had been illegal and could be subjected to criminal charges in the future. “In the future, individuals could be charged with crimes including obstructing law enforcement, disorderly conduct, criminal mischief, and/or unlawful imprisonment,” the memo stated. “Preventing a law enforcement officer from responding could place community members at great risk. Blocking egress doors is a violation of fire codes. This action endangered everyone in the Library.”

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Campus Activists
Hey, can you redistribute some good grades my way, comrade?

A recent research has concluded that more than 100 colleges and universities are now offering students, both undergraduate and graduate, the option of studying “social justice” as a major or minor degree, or earning a “concentration” or “certificate” in the subject.

The report by College Fix’s Toni Airaksinen analyzed social justice academic programs being offered at major US universities and colleges, determined that more than 100 institutions now offer students the option to specialize in what can be considered left-wing social justice academic programs.

According to the study, “The Fix found at least 64 American colleges that offer minors in social justice or a substantially similar field, such as social justice leadership. At least 18 offer four-year degrees in the field, and at least 15 offer master’s degrees.”

In addition to that, two colleges also offered students doctoral programs with a focus on social justice.

However, what is noteworthy here is that while a few of the colleges surveyed by College Fix are private institutions, most of them are public colleges that receive a whole lot of state funding.

For example, a public university in New Jersey, Rutgers University, offers a minor degree in social justice. But to complete the program, students must complete a variety of leftist courses. The courses range from “Practicing Social Justice” to other courses which require students to participate in left-wing causes.

The course, “Practicing Social Justice” will introduce “students to diverse practices of social justice activism including grassroots organizing, labor organizing, political organizing, and transnational organizing. Readings about social change efforts are combined with student participation in community mobilizations, labor organizing efforts, political campaigns, and transnational social movement and NGO activism.”

Furthermore, the University of Missouri also offers a minor in social justice. According to the university, the course, “involves the idea that in a perfect world all citizens would have identical social benefits, rights, protections, and opportunities regardless of their backgrounds and membership in diverse groups. Recognizing that the world is not perfect, the primary goals for the minor in social justice are to enhance sensitivity to vulnerable and at-risk populations, to provide opportunity for critical review of social policies and the allocation of societal resources; to stimulate interest in advocacy and the planned change process.”

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Snowflake Protest
The Civil Rights chant of our time, "Your rights end where my feelings begin!"

The University of Minnesota Association is now urging students to be open and freely report any incidents of bias; determined simply by whether or not they “feel” they have experienced any form of biasness.

The MSA website clearly informs all visitors that bias can be in many forms and most of them won’t even be evident. The site went on to explain that most forms of bias will be subtle and it can become very difficult to conclude whether a certain incident involves any form of biasness. According to the website, in such situations, students should “trust their gut.”

The body to which students are urged to report incidents where they feel bias, Minnesota State Bias Response and Relief team, a bias incident can be defined as “an act of bigotry, harassment, or intimidation that is motivated in whole or in part by bias based on an individual’s or group’s actual or perceived race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

“The best way to determine bias is your own feelings — if you feel like you may have experienced something that was wrong, then you likely have. It’s important to trust your gut when it comes to recognizing bias,” the MSA site states. “Talking it over with trusted colleagues, friends, family, or others may help you determine whether or not the incident was based on bias toward you.”

Students are asked on the top fold of the website, if they have been a victim of, or have experienced bias. They can then pick from two responses: “I’m Unsure” or “Yes.” It is to be noted that there is no option for “No.”

According to a survey conducted by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, in 2016, universities and colleges have been increasingly urging students to “anonymously report offensive, yet constitutionally protected, speech to administrators and law enforcement.” The complaints are then forwarded to bias response teams such as Minnesota State Bias Response and Relief team at the University of Minnesota.

FIRE also surveyed 231 bias response teams at private and public institutions. According to the findings, less than a third of the teams included faculty members. FIRE believes that the lack of faculty members on such teams could hamper the students’ learning about academic freedom.

Furthermore, FIRE has stated in its report that about 42 percent of the bias response teams include security or police officials. This “sends a message to students that undercuts claims of respect for freedom of expression: If you say something that offends someone, you may (or in some cases will) be investigated by police,” FIRE said in its report.

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