Academic freedom: Evergreen biologist files suit

From Nikita Vladimirov at Campus Reform:

Bret Weinstein, the Evergreen State College [biology] professor who was driven from campus by a mob of students earlier this year, is preparing to file a $3.8 million claim against the public institution.

The claim accuses Evergreen State of “fostering a racially hostile work and retaliatory environment” by encouraging the student protests that forced Weinstein to flee campus for his own safety.

The students were upset with Weinstein for objecting to a “Day of Absence” event that called for white students and faculty to leave campus for a day of diversity programming.More.

Good for him! No more Mr. Nice Scientist. One can’t teach and run for cover at the same time.

If campuses really prefer racial profiling to science achievement—despite their PR claims—they should be private institutions, fully funded by their supporters. Not by the public at large, in which far too many people could meet their academic standards but not their racial ones or whatever else they dream up.

Like most Canadians, I (O’Leary for News) am not a big fan of lawsuits. But surely it is time for citizens to start suing Jackboot U and We’ll Fix U, and – if necessary – dethroning their enablers.

It’ll be interesting to see how many Darwin-run faculties support Weinstein. Maybe they are too moribund for that.

See also: Mark Steyn on Richard Dawkins getting dumped at Berkeley