Who says our nation’s institutes of higher learning aren’t educating students? A college in Washington State did its best to prepare students for the real world by helping them launch a protest against a family-owned farm. Even better, the college used taxpayer grant money to make this protest happen. And the best part is, this protest was completely misguided. Surely these students are ready to hit the job market as the movers and shakers of the future.
Fox News reports:
Evergreen State College – the site of the controversial social justice-themed protests in 2017 – has apologized for inappropriately using taxpayer-funded school resources to transport students and educators to a protest at a blueberry farm 178 miles away.
Now get ready for what a complete bust this protest was:
Save Family Farming, a non-profit farming advocacy group, filed a complaint with the Washington state public school in April after reviewing photos and videos which documented Evergreen vehicles transporting students to political protests targeting the family farm in August 2017 over the death of a seasonal farm worker from Mexico.
Activists descended on the farm, protesting in the name of workers’ rights, but medical examiners and the state Department of Labor and Industries found his death was due to natural causes unrelated to his work and cleared the farm of any wrongdoing…
So a migrant worker died of natural causes and Social Justice Warriors descended upon the family-owned farm where he worked and raised hell? And they used taxpayer money to make it happen? That’s actually a pretty good definition of liberalism. Misguided outrage that costs taxpayers money is chapter 1 in the Big Book of Liberalism.
Making this protest even worse, the family farm in question is a pretty kick-ass place to work:
Western Washington is known for having the highest pay in the nation, but Sumas berry farm provided state-of-the-art worker accommodations that met or exceeded all federal and state worker housing requirements – including a soccer field, camp-wide wi-fi, big screen satellite TVs, laundry facilities, catered meals, bilingual farming management, free transportation to healthcare facilities and buses to town for shopping, according to the company’s statement.
I can see why delicate snowflakes would be so pissed off about an employer providing wi-fi and a soccer field to its workers.
Apparently this publicly funded outrage ended up costing the family farm and its workers dearly:
Save Family Farming claims Evergreen’s protest harmed the workers’ reputations and many ended up losing their jobs as a result.
Don’t worry, Evergreen State’s president is really really sorry:
Evergreen President George Bridges apologized and said half a dozen faculty members have been “strongly reprimanded.”
Strongly reprimanded? That’ll teach those faculty members to never fly off the handle before getting all of the facts again. It’ll also definitely keep them from using money that could have gone towards education to make a pointless point. Or not.
It appears as if Evergreen State has also suffered because of this insane outrage:
Evergreen State has seen a significant drop in freshman enrollment this past year and has had to make dramatic budget cuts and staff layoffs after the 2017 protests that put the school in the national spotlight.
Weird huh? It’s almost like parents don’t want to send their kids to a school where whacko activism and misappropriation of funds are part of the curriculum.