2017-06-02 23:26:04 UTC
JUNE 2, 2017 AT 8:30 AM
State Rep. Matt Manweller represents Washingtons 13th District.
(Washington House Republicans)
As racial tensions escalate at Evergreen State College, one state
legislator is attempting to cut the college off from public support.
“At the end of the day, we the Legislature and the people have to speak
up and say, ‘We are not going to contribute our taxpayer dollars to a
college that wants to re-institute a Jim Crow approach to education and
segregation,” Representative Matt Manweller told KIRO Radio’s Dori Monson.
Manweller — who teaches political science at Central Washington
University — introduced a bill Thursday aimed at getting the state to
ditch Evergreen. The bill, if passed, would phase out Evergreen over
five years. After that, it would be a private college.
“When you cross the line and start attacking a Jewish professor when you
cross the line and you start telling white people or anybody based on
their skin color that they can’t come to school, that violates our
anti-discrimination laws,” he said.
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Each year, to make a statement, students of color spend a day away from
campus. This year, the school changed things up by asking white students
to stay off of campus. A professor’s protest prompted an uproar on
campus with many students calling the professor racist. Administrators
attempted to address the issue. A threat, reportedly from white
supremacists, was called into the university and shut down campus Thursday.
The campus, according to KIRO 7, remains closed Friday.
Manweller argues that the college administration has handled the
“Let’s take that money and give it to the UW engineering program, STEM
programs, math, science,” he said. “Let’s go compete on the global
market again with the Chinese, the Japanese, the Indians and bring
America back to technological prominence. Let’s spend the money on a
credible degree rather than a social justice, victimization, woe-is-me,
I want reparations, pseudo-science they are teaching at Evergreen.”
“My heart goes out to the non-crazy students, but there has to be change
at the top,” Manweller said, noting that he is not attacking the school
because it is a more liberal school.
“These guys are out of control,” he said. “They are openly advocating
for racism and bigotry. It’s not appropriate to be spending taxpayer
money on that. If they want to be a private institution and pursue their
bizarre, bigoted ideology, that’s their prerogative. But taxpayers
shouldn’t have to fund it.”
Whether the bill passes or not won’t be a concern for Manweller in the
end. It’s just a first step. If it doesn’t pass, he has other plans.
“We can also go after their budget … I’m going to go after their
budget,” he said.