Evergreen State College evacuated after 'direct threat'

  • Evergreen State College evacuated after 'direct threat'

Evergreen State College evacuated after 'direct threat'

A Republican state lawmaker from Central Washington is proposing to cut state funding from Evergreen State College following protests on the Olympia campus.

"In response to a direct threat to campus safety, the college is closing immediately for the day", the college said in a statement posted to its website Thursday.

"White students have never been required to leave campus, for Day of Absence, or any Evergreen activity", the college said.

Protests began in mid-May in response to campus police questioning black students, the college's student newspaper Cooper Point Journal, reports.

Messages left with a college spokesman Thursday were not immediately returned.

Weinstein said a group encouraging another group to go away was "an act of oppression in and of itself", The News Tribune reported.

Advocates claim the effort helps increase social awareness, but critics have called it divisive. They allege the campus is a hotbed of racism and transphobia, pointing to past altercations between minority students and campus police.

The University of California, Berkeley, was criticized for canceling an appearance by conservative commentator Ann Coulter in April and another by right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos in February.

Tensions reached a new high after the public airing of an email exchange between school employees over a planned anti-racist "day of absence" event.

Weinstein appears to have first drawn the ire of student protesters for an email he sent earlier in the year to fellow faculty members, contesting plans for white students to be asked to attend an off-campus seminar on a day reserved for programs around issues faced by students of color. Some Democrats, who have majority in the state House, have rejected the idea. Weinstein held classes in a nearby park last week after campus police that it was unsafe for him to be on campus. "Students there are working to make it a more inclusive, diverse campus".