Burning witches: What the Lake Washington Institute of
Technology wants to do to anyone who expresses an
original and independent thought
They’re coming for you next: Because a tenured professor, Elisa Parrett, made a four minute statement objecting to the segregated-by-race training class the Lake Washington Institute of Technology was mandating for its teachers, the school instigated a nine month investigation resulting in a reprimand and rules forbidding her to speak on such topics again.
The investigation included the hiring of a private investigator, numerous interviews, public humiliation, and wild unsubstantiated claims that her remarks caused widespread trauma. The school removed her from her teaching duties, and worse, doubled down on its insistence that future sessions will be segregated by race. From the university’s president Amy Morrison:
That same day, Morrison devoted the entirety of her regular all-school email update, sent to thousands of people, to denouncing Parrett by name. “This email is a dramatic departure from the typical Amy’s Updates,” the 1,600-word message started. The incident at the training session, Morrison argued, “was so damaging that I asked the Executive Cabinet, EDI Council, and the Bias Response Team to assist me with this college-wide message.”
Morrison wrote to her community that she was “stunned, disappointed, angry, and shocked” by Parrett’s dissent during the training. Parrett was being removed from her teaching duties, she explained, to ensure “students are protected from conduct of the likes that she displayed last week.” In addition, LWTech would be establishing a new anti-racism task force and Morrison would be holding meetings with LWTech’s black employees. “We will continue race-based caucusing over the summer,” she assured her college, “for as long as it is needed.” [emphasis mine]
Note how this college president wants to “protect” students from hearing any dissenting viewpoints that she personally disagrees with. You can’t get more close-minded than that. Why would anyone want to attend such a school? More important, how can anyone trust the training of engineers coming from this so-called “Institute of Technology,” considering how it endorses racial segregation and discourages honest debate and discussion?
The school also instigated this investigation not because of what Parrett had done, but based on what her actions theoretically might do.
According to the LWTech administration, hundreds of her colleagues were rendered so distraught by her words they couldn’t even do their jobs. She also needed to be punished, according to Ames, for the harm she could commit against a hypothetical student from a marginalized background. [emphasis in original]
These charges are absurd and unprovable, but they have become the norm in academia and in the dominant leftist culture. You will be punished, not for what you did, but because your actions might someday hurt some unnamed individual somewhere in the greater universe.
Of course, freedom of speech is impossible under such circumstances. If according to the authorities your comments might offend someone somewhere and therefore must be silenced, the authorities have just given themselves the power to silence all opinions they don’t like, arbitrarily. And that is exactly what we have now on college campuses and corporate offices nationwide: an illiberal oppression based on mindless hate and the desire to control everything with the misuse of power.
Furthermore, consider how bigoted the school’s policy is. Not only is the school mandating segregation by race, Parrett had to be silenced because her words might have traumatized some helpless black person who is clearly incapable of hearing and processing alternative points of view, according to the school. Like the bigoted southern plantation owners, these white and bigoted college administrations are acting to protect their “negros slaves” from harm.
The Lake Washington Institute of Technology is a horror that has nothing to do with the America I was born into and that acted for more than two centuries to build human freedom and prosperity for millions, of all races. And worse, it is also publicly funded by the taxpayers of Washington state.
When will Americans rise up and stop supporting such organizations and the prejudiced thugs who run them?