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The Complete Evergreen Story episodes 5 and 6 (Welcome to the Struggle Session)

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When the story of the meltdown at Evergreen first broke, the video that got the most attention was the couple dozen students confronting Professor Bret Weinstein at his classroom and his thwarted efforts to have a real conversation with the students. But the insanity at Evergreen didn’t peak then. It actually continued to escalate at an afternoon meeting in the library which filmmaker Benjamin Boyce compares to a struggle session.

But before we dive into that, episode five of this series sets the stage by showing what was happening that afternoon on campus. Bret Weinstein explains why he decided to attend the meeting and his students describe being told that chairs and food were not for white people. In fact, they were told white people shouldn’t speak at the meeting. There’s also a subplot in this segment about a dog trapped in a car and campus police trying to find the owner by phone as the campus is heading toward a meltdown.

The fifth episode concludes with the opening of the library meeting where a student protester (Jamil) appeared to be setting the agenda and then introduced President George Bridges who is there to reassure the protesters he was willing to do whatever they asked of him. Boyce doesn’t show us all of Bridges’ speech, instead, he summarizes it based on a text document. Here’s episode five:

With all of the set up out of the way, Boyce dives into what he calls “the superior cringe.” It’s hard to argue with that assessment. Episode six is the unscripted part of the library meeting in which students hector Bridges and question why Bret Weinstein still has a job. Weinstein was accompanied to the meeting by some of his own students who wanted to support him, including some minority students who tried to make a case for letting him speak. But as you’ll see, anyone who didn’t agree with the intersectional mob was shouted down and ignored.

This episode also contains the moment when Bridges attempts to defend the school’s hiring record and students become irritated and tell him his hand motions are threatening to them. He’s literally told, “You gotta put your hands down.” Then a white student comes up to the podium to demonstrate the acceptable posture. Naturally, Bridges complies with these orders.

At this point, students notice that police chief Stacy Brown is in the room and she becomes the focus. She steps up to explain what happened (basically that she didn’t know what was happening at Weinstein’s classroom and was headed there to investigate when they encountered a large group of students). Brown’s explanation doesn’t help and she winds up being mocked and screamed at by protesters.

When the students turn on Bret Weinstein, President Bridges threatens to adjourn the meeting and that’s where the crowd seems to really become unhinged with lots of students shouting at Bridges, at Brown, or just in general.

Eventually, someone begins chanting “Bring Bret up” to get him to come to the podium. This apparently isn’t meant to give him a chance to defend himself though. When he does walk to the podium one of the protesters gets there first and tells the room, “If you have not seen the emails this man sent out, he loves attention. He loves to talk.” In other words, don’t give him a chance to speak for himself or he might confuse people with the facts. Instead, we get another student diatribe about whiteness.

Here’s episode six:

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The Complete Evergreen Story parts 1 and 2

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We’ve posted quite a few videos about what took place at Evergreen State College over the years, some of which are excellent. The two I’m posting today were put together by the person who probably has delved into this story more than anyone else, with the possible exception of Bret Weinstein himself.

Benjamin Boyce is an Evergreen grad who has been making videos about what happened at the school and the aftermath for the past two years. He’s received numerous leaks from people who are still at the school during that time and often has inside information no one else is talking about. Boyce has been promising to put together a film that would distill all that he’s learned and offer a more comprehensive understanding of what happened at the school and this week he released the first two parts of that effort. I think it was worth the wait.

What I really like about what Boyce has done here is that he’s not just rehashing the scenes of students shouting and misbehaving. He’s put together the context to help explain, “what caused what happened to happen.” Simply put, he’s trying to show where was all of this coming from. After watching just the first two installments of Boyce’s film, you’ll have a pretty clear idea.

The first few minutes of part 1 offers an overview of the whole story for anyone who somehow missed it, but after that Boyce dives into the story as told through his exclusive interviews with the people involved. Part 1 ends with the protest at Brett’s classroom.

Part 2 picks up exactly where part 1 left off with the police responding to Weinstein’s classroom (or trying to) and from there we move on to the first attempts by the student protest group to make demands of college president George Bridges (which involved disarming the police chief). In the second half of part 2, Boyce includes a series of videos of Evergreen faculty genuflecting at the altar of intersectionality. By the time Boyce jumps back to the agitated students, it’s pretty clear where all of this is coming from.

I’m very much looking forward to however many more episodes there are to this, but for now, here’s the first 30 or so minutes:

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YouTube partially demonetizes Benjamin Boyce

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Benjamin Boyce is an Evergreen State College graduate who became one of the school’s most outspoken critics after the campus was taken over by radicals in 2017. Since then, Boyce has produced more than 90 videos talking about various Evergreen related topics. I’ve posted at least half a dozen of those videos here on Hot Air starting back in July 2017 and continuing to as recently as last month. Because he has multiple sources feeding him information, Boyce continues to be the go-to guy for information on the school much of which never appears anywhere else. However, he also covers other topics and does interviews with people about things that have nothing to do with Evergreen.

Tuesday, Boyce noticed that dozens of his videos had been put into a partially demonetized state. He scrolled through a list in a video posted to Twitter. All of the videos with a yellow dollar sign have been put into the partially demonetized state, which means they can only show ads from advertisers willing to appear before controversial content.

He took it with his usual offbeat sense of humor:

Boyce spoke to the College Fix about the situation and said he was working with YouTube to address it, but he still had no idea what had caused it:

Late Wednesday, Boyce told The College Fix that YouTube is “now manually going through my appeals and deciding which are suitable and which are not. So far, it’s about 50/50.”

Boyce said he does not know if it was his Evergreen videos that prompted some sort of complaint to spark the sudden mass demonetization or something else.

Another controversial topic he has covered includes transgender detransitions and similar issues surrounding sexuality and gender.

Boyce, a self-described “centrist,” also takes on topics such as cultural Marxism and censorship, interviews guests on a variety of subjects, and offers viewers his own brand of irreverent comedy. His channel has 27,000 subscribers.

Today, Boyce posted a video about the situation. He still doesn’t know if his content was flagged by someone at Evergreen or if this was part of a larger clampdown at YouTube. What’s odd is that Boyce is the opposite of a flamethrower. His content is generally thoughtful and attempts to be even-handed. Much of the material he’s produced on Evergeen State is really niche reporting based on documents and video clips others don’t have access to. I find it very odd that he would suddenly have set off YouTube’s “controversial producer” radar with clips like “Humor and Humanity.”

Boyce said he’s not terribly worried about losing the small amount of revenue but he discovered something else that does bother him. If you type “Evergreen College” into Google’s video search his videos never show up (not in 21 pages worth of results anyway). So it seems that marking his videos as controversial may have also served to remove them from search.

YouTube needs to explain how any of Boyce’s videos violate the rules. As of now, it seems whoever flagged his videos has succeeded in effectively hiding his content on Google.

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Evergreen State College film: The Hunted Individual

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It has been nearly two years since the campus erupted at Evergreen State College and there are still reverberations from those events happening now. Later today, the Board of Trustees will meet to discuss President George Bridges’ tenure at the school.

This reconsideration of Bridges is long overdue. He, more than any other person, was responsible for allowing a group of Social Justice Warriors to take over the campus and ruin the school’s reputation, creating a significant impact on the school’s enrollment and budget. But he was far from alone. As you’ll see for yourself in part three of this film about Evergreen, many of the professors on campus immediately surrendered themselves to the protesters, allowing themselves to be told where to go and what to do on the grounds that doing anything else would be inexcusable and possibly racist.

I posted the first two parts of this film, by Mike Nayna, last month. In part one we get a sense of what was happening at the school prior to the takeover of the campus, i.e. the push for equity which included a requirement that faculty reflect on their own racism as a part of their annual job evaluations. Professor Bret Weinstein and his wife Heather Heying thought this was a bad idea and tried to have it discussed. That was seen as evidence they were not on board with the school’s goals.

Part two of the film focuses on Professor Naima Lowe who was teaching many of the students who took over the campus. According to Bret Weinstein, Lowe was the person who was pushing the idea that the extremely liberal school was a hotbed of white supremacy. When asked for examples of this in action, Lowe reportedly said, “To ask for evidence of racism is racism with a capital R.” That particular line was aimed directly at Weinstein during a staff meeting in front of other professors and president George Bridges. When Weinstein objected to being characterized as a racist, he was told that a staff meeting was not the place to defend himself from such accusations. He said that was fine and asked where the proper place was. Naima Lowe replied that he shouldn’t expect there to be any place to dispute her accusation. And everyone in the room, including George Bridges, said nothing.

Part three of this film is titled “The Hunted Individual” and it shows some of what happened on the day students took over the campus and, at one point, were stopping cars going in and out of the campus, apparently looking for Bret Weinstein. When he rode his bike to campus to teach that day, he was told he wasn’t safe on or off campus and that, at a minimum, he should go home and get in his car (because at least the car could protect him if the mob caught up to him).

At this point, his wife says he returned home more upset than she had ever seen him in his life. Weinstein reflects on the experience of being a “hunted civilian” something which he struggled to comprehend even as it was happening.

But in retrospect, Weinstein does believe he understands what happened and that it was much worse than even most Evergreen critics realize. “I keep being invited to talk about free speech on college campuses and every time I’m invited I make the same point…this isn’t about free speech and this is only tangentially about college campuses,” Weinstein said. He continued, “This is about a breakdown in the basic logic of civilization and it’s spreading. College campuses may be the first dramatic battle but of course, this is going to find its way to the courts. It’s already found its way into the tech sector. It’s going to find its way to the highest levels of governance if we’re not careful. And it actually does jeopardize the ability of civilization to continue to function.”

Finally, one of the people who has chronicled this story more closely than almost anyone else is Benjamin Boyce. Last week he released this primer on what is happening behind the scenes at Evergreen that (finally) threatens Bridges’ job. His most recent video “The Case Against George Bridges” is also worth a look.

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