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By POC Talk Hey y'all, we are going to be doing a series on terms you should know! Because these terms cover complex issues the explanations given here do not and cannot cover the entirety of the concepts they describe. These are not complete definitions but more like a crash course for an entry into the conversations that surround them. There are many more terms and ideas we should be interrogating, and hopefully this is a good start. Racism The definition of racism that this writer finds the most useful is prejudice + power. This is why you hear people say things like Black people can’t be racist⎯ it is not to say people of color cannot have prejudices, but in most cases we lack the institutional privilege or power for those prejudices to negatively affect White people outside of hurt feelings. A Black person’s prejudice cannot impede on a white person’s standing in society, whereas racism is institutional and historical, affect...

 
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Hey ya’ll and welcome back to POC Talk! A column for people of color (POC) by people of color! With issues of representation looming large on our minds lately (and who are we kidding, always) our goal is to focus on the unique experiences POC face at Evergreen and in Olympia. From this issue on, you can find POC TALK in our L&O section, for no-holds-barred commentary on local happenings. We’re here to answer your questions, scour out the best places to buy and get food, help you find shows and events, introduce you to local POC artists and anything else y’all want to hear from us. We’ll be taking your questions and comments and would love to hear from you—seriously, please email us. We can’t run if you don’t! Help shape this column into what our community wants to see! When it all comes down to it we’re doing this for all of you. We got your back, so bring the realness. Although racism, neo nazis and issues of police abuse and...

 
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By Jasmine Kozak-Gilroy 2017 was a historic year for The Evergreen State College, blasting us into the public discourse and bringing with it unprecedented media attention. The quick succession of events and over saturation of outside media sources has created confusion over causality and what, exactly, went down last spring. This timeline, created with input from students, staff, and faculty, serves to chronicle the months leading up to, and following, the now infamous protests. Protest at Convocation Two student protesters took the stage during a question and answer session with the invited speaker holding a sign that said, “Evergreen cashes diversity checks but doesn’t care about blacks”. President George Bridges interrupted the students, thanked them for vocalizing their conc erns, and said that they would have more time to speak on issues of race on campus after the Q & A ended, a promise that was never realized. Equity E...

 
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By Jasmine Kozak-Gilroy Police, on or off campus, are positioned as protectors of the safety of all citizens, an illusion that comes in conflict with the reality of violence routinely committed against protesters, regardless of the tactics protesters choose to employ. Instances of police aggression against protestors in the form of pepper spray, flash bangs, and body to body violence is not just seen during so-called riots, but experienced during marches and peaceful occupations of space. Critiques of the institution of policing are often brushed off as extremist or fantastic exaggerations, but problems with the police are based in the very logic of policing. Police are commissioned to maintain order, the current order of the world, and thus always inherently work in favor of the status quo. Police are peace keepers, but the kind of peace they keep is not peace as an end to structural violence, but a peace based in non disruption o...

 
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By Jacqueline Littleton Dr. Bret Weinstein of the Evergreen State College shared this headline on Twitter: “The Shrieking Mob of Students Confronted the Professor for Opposing Racism.” The mob of students in question were protesting what they see as problems with the culture of The Evergreen State College at large; administrators punitively targeting people of color, recent campus police brutality against people of color — especially black students — and changes to some of the school’s legal codes which would affect students’ right to demonstrate. The word racism has lost all meaning if those students were proponents of racism, protesting Weinstein’s opposition. Weinstein’s ability to center the narrative of student protest around himself is indicative of his power, and is another example of the historically proven tendency of white men in positions of power to victimize themselves. In recent days he has added the support of infamo...

 
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By Felix Chrome Evergreen President George Bridges held a meeting on Friday, May 26 to respond to student demands addressing racism, anti-blackness, and police on campus. A series of protests that began Tuesday May 22 increased pressure on the administration, culminating in an occupation of the library building during which administrators were blockaded in a room to listen to concerns of students. A coalition of black students demanded the Evergreen Police be disarmed and expansions in their facilities or power be blocked; Evergreen Police Officer Tim O’Dell be suspended for his behavior toward protesters earlier this week; Weinstien be suspended without pay; Andrea Seabert Olsen, the Assistant to the VP of Student Conduct, be fired; sensitivity and cultural competency training for all faculty and staff; Changes to the student conduct code must have democratic student consent; the creation of an Equity Center; the coordinator of ...

 
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By Georgie Hicks Months of protest and community dissatisfaction came to head this week with a student led protest, specifically about empowering student voices, formed by the group behind #exposeevergreen gathered the force of the student body, occupied the Daniel J. Evans Library Building, and brought a series of demands directly to several key members of the Administration. Following a series of unsuccessful conversations with different, divided portions of the Evergreen administration over the past several weeks and years, they gathered, personally escorted and held President George Bridges, all of the Deans, the Vice President of Student Affairs Wendy Endress, a Board of Trustees representative, and the full teacher union bargaining team all in President George Bridges office for about five hours. The administration stayed in the room until demands to address the problems of systemic racism and oppression faced by minority stud...

 
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By Georgie Hicks On Sunday May 14 a student called the Evergreen Police on two Black students, after a May 10 post in the “The Evergreen State College Class of 2020” Facebook group sparked intense debate and allegations of racism, leading to an offline confrontation among involved students. The two Black students, Jamil and Timeko, were woken up by the  campus police and taken to police services to be questioned and remained there from around 11 p.m. til 2 a.m. on May 14-15. On Sunday May 14 a student called the Evergreen Police on two Black students, after a May 10 post in the “The Evergreen State College Class of 2020” Facebook group sparked intense debate and allegations of racism, leading to an offline confrontation among involved students. A student ended up calling the Evergreen Police, leading to two Black students, Timeko Williams Jr and Jamil, who prefers we do not use their last name, being woken up by the police and take...

 
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Questions by Tari Gunstone CPJ: Was your protest at convocation planned in advance? Lawrence Walker III & AR Rushet: Other students were planning a disruption, they wanted student groups be a part of it and hold up signs and take up space in front. (it didn’t end up happening, but they did stand outside CRC) LW: My partner was at convocation and started texting me that George bridges was saying something about how racism is just people being offended. AR: George Bridges talks in a very Clinton-esque liberal way, saying things like, “we care about you so much” but doesn't show up for you. There’s lots of verbalized reassurance but he doesn't follow through with action. LW: So I call AR and say, “George is being problematic as fuck again, let's go rip shit up.” The convocation is a way for the school to sweep under the rug the truth of it’s racism, transphobia, disablist thoughts for the new students coming here. Wi...

 
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All photographs by Tari Gunstone.
All photographs by Tari Gunstone.
All photographs by Tari Gunstone.

By Tari Gunstone Two students interrupted this year’s convocation with a sign reading, “Evergreen cashed its diversity check but doesn’t care about black students.” These students, Lawrence Walker III and AR Rushet, spoke with the CPJ about their motivation for this protest and issues of racism at Evergreen. They felt that convocation was a way for Evergreen to sweep it’s racist, transphobic, and ableist history under the rug for the new students arriving here and thus felt compelled to speak up. “We were angry and carrying so much steam behind us on top of that,” said Walker. Standing silently under the podium, many black students and a couple of white students joined them up front in solidarity. The students were told to wait until the convocation’s events ended, then George Bridges opened an invitation for discussion about the meaning of the protest, but did not stay to participate. The conversation that ensued among the student...