Is this America’s new normal? When is the last time we had a hostage situation in America that was overlooked by the media? Is it now okay to hold people in America hostage with no repercussions, as long as there’s a “legitimate” reason to hold them hostage, like say, a progressive idea that’s not being adhered to on a college campus? Isn’t hostage taking what terrorists in foreign countries do as a way to force a radical ideology on their victims? Does anyone else find it to be almost surreal that this story wasn’t plastered all over every major news network yesterday?
Video from inside Evergreen State College continues to leak, showing that protesters had at one point held administrators hostage until they agreed to comply with their demands.
The incident took place during the second day of demonstrations demanding the resignation of Professor Bret Weinstein, who angered many students when he challenged the school’s decision to ask white people to leave campus for a day of diversity programming in an all-staff email.
The protest began Tuesday morning when an angry mob of SJW’s confronted Professor Bret Weinstein after he had sent an email to faculty and staff explaining his reasoning for opposing the demonstration. – Campus Reform
Watch the hostage situation here:
Now, Weinstein’s reportedly been told to avoid campus because his safety is at risk.
“Police told me protesters stopped cars yesterday, demanding information about occupants,” Mr. Weinstein told The Washington Times. “They believe I was being sought. It appears that the campus has been under the effective control of protesters since 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. Police are on lockdown, hamstrung by the college administration. Students, staff and faculty are not safe.
Following the modus operandi of protests at colleges like U.C. Berkeley, the angry mob of SJWs who confronted Weinstein refused to listen as he attempted to calmly explain his reasing, prefering instead to hurl obscenities at him while demanding his resignation.
Having already accosted Weinstein with such vitriol that campus police suggested he leave campus because officers could not guarantee his safety, the students set their sights on the administration, confining school officials in an office until they capitulated to an ultimatum demanding various diversity-related initiatives.
“The priority is that they stay in that room. If they aren’t in that room, then we did something wrong, so you all need to watch that door, watch all the doors, the windows, you need to keep eyes on them,” one protester commands, referencing all of the potential exit points that administrators could use to make an escape. “Somebody needs to go in that room real quick to make sure there’s no way for them to leave.”
The video pans to a closed conference room leading to College President George Bridges’ office, which is surrounded on the outside by dozens of student protesters who made it their stated mission to establish a “physical presence” outside the office to ensure that Bridges and his staff “aren’t leaving.”
Shortly thereafter, one demonstrator emerges from Bridges’ office and triumphantly informs her companions that Bridges “talked to the chief of police and he said police will not show up.”
The unidentified protester who was apparently leading the brigade then enters Bridges’ office, where the president and several other administrators are seated around a table that is encircled by still more student protesters.
“The only priority is that y’all stay in this space until those demands can happen so that’s the only thing that we’re concerned about,” the protest leader reiterates, though he assures the administrators that “everyone’s safety and health is concerned,” and that food and water would be provided to them.
At one point, Bridges explains that he needs “to pee,” to which one protester initially responds by sharply instructing him to “hold it,” though he was eventually escorted to a nearby bathroom by a team of protesters.
Meanwhile, the crowd gathered outside continued to chant “hey, hey/ho, ho/these racist faculty have got to go.”
The student who said they talked to the police chief and that they would not be coming was lying. The police did show up to the hostage situation. The only problem is, the president of Evergreen College has already made a public statement saying that he has no interest in pressing charges against any of the hostage takers.
When police arrived, presumably drawn by the uproar, the students fled to the library, where they barricaded themselves inside the Trans & Queer Unity Lounge and asked white students to patrol the halls for any police “intruders.”
At a meeting between the administration and students later that day, University President George S. Bridges quickly assured the crowd that no students would be punished for their involvement in the demonstrations and promised a “major reiew” of what happened and why.
“First and foremost, I want to state that there will be, as far as I know, no charges filed against any students involved in actions that occurred this morning,” Mr. Bridges said. “We will be conducting a major review, an investigation of all that occurred and will be reporting back to you, the campus community, about exactly what happened, why it happened and what we intend to do about the incident — not the incident, excuse me, the actions that were taken, both students, staff and faculty involved.” – Zero Hedge
Some faculty members have enthusiastically aligned themselves with the demonstrators, however, encouraging their extreme tactics and endorsing their demands, which include suspending Weinstein without pay, disarming the campus police department, creating a staff position to support illegal immigrant students, and implementing mandatory “sensitivity and cultural competency training” for all employees.
For entire story: Campus ReformWeinstein’s brother, Eric Weinstein, told the Washington Times that the persecution of his brother is “ironic” given his center-left politics and staunch opposition to racism.
“If you had asked me who is one of racism’s most powerful foes, I would have said Bret Weinstein,” Eric Weinstein told The Times.
“There’s something sort of ‘Twilight Zone’ about one of the most thoughtful commentators on race, at one of the most progressive schools in the country, getting called a racist.”
— Eric Weinstein (@EricRWeinstein) May 24, 2017
Here's the (incredibly thoughtful and well-written) email. pic.twitter.com/3NecW0tNfw
— William Treseder (@williamtreseder) May 24, 2017
Weinstein’s email objecting to the “Day of Absence Day of Presence” protest was circulated on Twitter. In it, he characterizes organizers’ demand that white students vacate campus for a day as “an act of repression.” –Zero Hedge
Is this what Michelle Obama meant when she famously said, “When they go low, we go high”, as she attempted to make conservatives out to be the bad guys while suggesting liberals take the high road? Is holding people hostage in America because they have views that are in opposition with yours taking the “high road”?