Today The Evergreen State College was evacuated due to a campus wide threat.
Let me explain how this came to be.
Mind, I don't know everything. Much of it is far too big for anyone to understand by themselves.
A couple weeks ago (last week?) a faculty member at Evergreen was called out due to the fact that he refused to participate in Day of Absence, Day of Presence, a community organized event at Evergreen in which spaces are made for minorities, and diversity is highlighted and celebrated.
The faculty in question not only refused to participate (for Day of Absence, all white people, faculty, and students alike did not visit campus in order to make room for under-represented voices), he sent an email to one of the organizers of the event and explained how--not only did he not want to participate, but also about how he would have done it, and if they would like him to give a lecture on the subject of race, he'd be happy to do so.
This didn't go down well. White men explaining the implications of race to people who are not white, or male, has been around. . . forever. The point of Day of Absence was to give others the space they have been deprived of due to a system that marginalized them.
When confronted by angry students, this faculty, instead of trying for reconciliation, contact Fox News and gave interviews to right-wing outlets.
Today students were alerted that a Neo-Nazi group called Patriot Prayer, the same group the man responsible for killing two men in Portland is a part of, was planning a "free speech" protest on Evergreen's campus, set for Monday, June 5th.
The national attention Evergreen has received due to the faculty's actions (the Fox News stuff) has resulted with Evergreen being targeted today with an unspecified threat.
The campus was evacuated.
The most difficult thing about this to stomach is how it's been painted in the local news. The catalyst for this whole thing started with Day of Absence. The local news and right-wing outlets paint this day as if it were in a vacuum, but it's not. There is also a Day of Presence where everyone comes together and celebrates the diversity Evergreen holds. The Day of Absence is supported and agreed on by the whole community. Lines from news sources use the phrases like, "white people banned from campus," which just isn't the case. What this faculty essentially said, was "I don't want to be an alley." But then to run to right-wing outlets--it has put the campus and the students, his students, in real danger.
To all those affected today: stay smart, stay safe. Be there for each other.