Inside the Madness at Evergreen State
The school denies it is a racially hostile work environment, but internal emails belie that assertion.
Student protesters at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash., May 24.
Lisa Pemberton/The Olympian via Associated Press
Jillian Kay Melchior
Sept. 21, 2017 6:59 p.m. ET
has settled his lawsuit against Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash. Mr. Weinstein became a pariah last spring when he criticized an officially sanctioned “Day of Absence” during which white people were asked to stay away from campus. He and his wife, anthropology professor
alleged that Evergreen “has permitted, cultivated, and perpetuated a racially hostile and retaliatory work environment.” They claimed administrators failed to protect them from “repeated provocative and corrosive verbal and written hostility based on race, as well as threats of physical violence.” Last week the university announced it would pay $500,000 to settle the couple’s complaint. Evergreen said in a statement that the college “strongly rejects” the lawsuit’s allegations, denies the Day of Absence was discriminatory, and asserts: “The college took reasonable and appropriate steps to engage with protesters, de-escalate conflict, and keep the campus safe.” A differen