After student protesters at the University of Missouri were able to able to have President Tim Wolfe resign over complaining about things he doesn’t control, student activists all around the country quickly realized they had more power than previously thought.Similar protests were held at Ithaca College, Yale Smith College, Claremont McKenna College, Amherst College and Brandeis University, among others.
However, the college with the most insane list of student demands was Oberlin College, by a long shot. Just recently in the news for complaining about racist cafeteria food, Oberlin students were determined to top the previous bar set for insanity.Among the many demands included “exclusive black safe spaces on campus” (which we imagine would be both separate but equal), “the end of Oberlin College functioning as a gentrifying institution,” free housing for black international students, the renaming of various buildings, paying student protesters, and racial quotas for Jazz classes. The entire list can be viewed here.
Just how insane were these demands? Too insane even for Oberlin. As the Daily Caller reports:Now, over a month later, Oberlin president Marvin Krislov has responded with a harsh tone. In his response, Krislov says the tone of the demands is utterly unacceptable, even if the document raises some valid concerns. As a result, he simply refused to directly engage with any of the list’s demands.
“Some of the challenges outlined in the document resonate with me and many members of our community, including our trustees,” Krislov says. “However, some of the solutions it proposes are deeply troubling. I will not respond directly to any document that explicitly rejects the notion of collaborative engagement. Many of its demands contravene principles of shared governance. And it contains personal attacks on a number of faculty and staff members who are dedicated and valued members of this community.”
And that’s how you silence a protest group.Tim Wolfe sympathized with the protesters at his University, and look what that did for him.
[Note: This post was authored by The Analytical Economist]