Protesting students at Evergreen State College have no problem connecting with their inner child (see Evergreen College Students Make Asses of Themselves. Mad it’s All on Camera). In fact they may have taken the zen exercise two baby steps too far…
Protester: All of us are students and have homework and projects and things due. Have you sent an email out to our faculty letting them know? What’s been done about that? Because we’re all here on our own time.
President: I have not done it yet. I will do it right now.
Notice that Evergreen’s president is more than willing to check his white privilege and hand the protestors a “get through college free” card. That is, after all, how college works. Go to a protest, don’t do your homework. More on that after these pull quotes.
Protester: If it’s not done by Friday… you need to pay for a potluck.
President: I’ll pay for a potluck anyway.
All protesters: We want gumbo!
Reminder, this is not a skit from Saturday Night Live or The Onion. These same sorts of students were upset when someone made a montage of their tantrums and posted it to the Internet. So who knows how long this video will stay up. What with the students acting in such a way I might offend a toddler for comparing them to one.
Protesters and Evergreen are in for a nasty surprise when they meet the real world. For the protesters, they’ll quickly find no employer will grant them blanket leeway for their petulant causes. In fact if I were to text Steven right now saying “Hey, gotta go protest hairdryers, so posts won’t go up today, but I still want my paycheck” he might send the police to my address. Just to make sure I didn’t have a hair dryer shaped gun pointed at my head. Because in the real world, if you’re expected to do something, and don’t do it, there are these things called “consequences.”
For the college, accommodating this kind of behavior is going to swing back and smack them in the conk. Remember what happened to Mizzou? After their student’s melted down for no reason, admissions dropped. Students didn’t want to be associated with the school, or with the poor students’ behavior. Which means not even gumbo enthusiasts will apply to this school if they have aspirations beyond stupid protests. As such, funding is bound to fizzle out. Good luck to boosters for Evergreen.
But there are a few places violent students’ demand for free food will be met. One has padded walls. The other has concrete walls. At least they have options.
More on “non-violent” protestors demanding who knows what.