It was included in my first post about Bret Weinstein, the video of outraged students being outrageous. And while the students in the video, filled with self-righteousness, believed themselves to be on the side of truth and social justice, fighting the evil racist who didn’t think whites should be banned from their college campus, it was met with less than universal adoration.
By the chaos theory that only makes sense to the truest of believers in social justice, the students in the video became the victims of their own words and deeds. And those who criticized them were bullies. In stepped the Youtube gods to save them.
— Legal Insurrection (@LegInsurrection) June 4, 2017
The video is gone now. Perhaps some wag will bring it back in some other form, or forum, but the original has been disappeared. What happened has been made to unhappen. It was embarrassing to the students? Not so embarrassing to have not done it. Not so embarrassing to apologize for doing it. But embarrassing enough to demand that it be removed from the internet because they felt bullied by the reaction to what they did.
What happened happened. It was disgraceful, and it won’t cease to be disgraceful by the removal of the evidence. The damnation of Evergreen State College by the actions of these students can’t be disappeared in the minds of anyone who saw the video before its removal. And not even the tepid condemnation of “unacceptable behavior” by the Board of Trustees can cleanse the taint.
During the last week, the conduct of a small percentage of Evergreen’s community members exhibited unacceptable behavior that is completely contrary to Evergreen’s values. Although almost all of students continued to attend classes and receive the extraordinary education that Evergreen delivers, the lack of tolerance and respect displayed by a few during these recent events and disruptions is indefensible.
Yes, it was indefensible, that “small percentage” of students caught on video. And now that the video is gone, it’s like it never happened. But it did. And we all know it.