A college professor whose job (perhaps even his career) was lost because he stood up against an outrageously racist act will at least be able to console himself with a half-million dollar settlement from his former employers. The Seattle Times reports:
The Evergreen State College professor at the center of campus protests this spring will receive $500,000 in a settlement that was announced Friday.
Bret Weinstein and his wife, Heather Heying, resigned from their faculty positions effective Friday. The couple filed a $3.85 million tort claim in July alleging the college failed to “protect its employees from repeated provocative and corrosive verbal and written hostility based on race, as well as threats of physical violence,” according to the claim.
So instead of protecting and standing up for a courageous prof who dares to uphold basic principles of civilization, the school preferred to dismiss him with a $500,000 payment for all the aggravation.
At the heart of the controversy is the university’s recent Day of Absence event, in which the school’s social justice warriors decided to demand that all white people leave the campus “or else.”
As reported by InsideHigherEd.com,
For many years at Evergreen State, minority students and faculty members have observed a Day of Absence in which they meet off campus to discuss campus issues and how to make the college more supportive of all students. Later, a Day of Presence reunites various campus groups.
Weinstein said he’s been aware of the tradition for some time, and never objected to it.
But this year, organizers said that on the Day of Absence, they wanted white people to stay off campus. Weinstein opposed this shift, and he posted a message on a campus email list in which he objected to the proposal to ask white people to stay off campus.
Professor Weinstein’s objection to what seems to be a clearly racist demand did not go over well by some of the local progressives student body, who soon interrupted a class he was teaching to demand his resignation.
Much of that confrontation can be seen here:
Apparently, the activist later blocked the campus police from coming to the professor’s rescue:
Professor Weinstein later said, in a follow-up interview on Fox News , that he has not since returned to the campus because the university offered him no assurance that he would be safe:
After the settlement agreement was announced, Evergreen College wrote,
“In making this agreement, the college admits no liability, and rejects the allegations made in the tort claim. The educational activities of Day of Absence/Day of Presence were not discriminatory.”
One might be forgiven for wondering how acquiescing to a demand that all persons of a certain skin color leave the vicinity — even if that vicinity is where they live, work, teach, and study — is not discriminatory.
But that may be a question only the social justice warriors in the student body and in the faculty at Evergreen College can answer.