Well… he was a lot nicer than that. But the meaning is much the same.
According to this, a Black Lives Matter group at the College of William and Mary presented a list of demands for the college’s administration to give them or else… not sure what “or else.” But usually when a group of malcontents issues a bunch of demands, “or else” is usually implied. No matter how stupid it is.
The good news is that the college’s president, W. Taylor Reveley III, was not having it. He told the group that their demands were unreasonable and unnecessary and proceeded to give them a lesson in how to disagree civilly with people –
“I don’t deal in demands,” he told those seated in the room with him. “I don’t make demands of other people. I don’t expect to receive demands from people. I love to get suggestions, recommendations, strong arguments. … When you approach other people with a demand, instead of their ears opening and their spirit being unusually receptive, you get defensive walls erected. So I think you all need to think about it.”
One student took issue with Reveley: “The suggestion thing. Interesting point. But I’m going to disagree.”
“That is the beauty of the First Amendment,” he replied.
The student went on to say that when people make suggestions, others take that to mean they’re not necessary — and Reveley was quick to correct her.
“No, no, no, that’s not the way the world works,” he said “It is not effective, in my opinion, to approach other people and say ‘we demand’ unless you have the capacity to demand.”
“That’s not the way the world works.” Wonder how often those words are spoken by administrators and professors on other college campuses. Most of the time, they’re too busy coddling these precious snowflakes and worried about hurting their feelings to give them that kind of tough love.
Of course, the activists were quick to call Reveley a racist and insist that he’s a white supremacist (whatever THAT’S supposed to mean anymore) and he hates black people, blah, blah, blah, etc., etc. You know the drill by now, I’m sure –
After the meeting, one of the attendees posted a message on Facebook along with video of the meeting. “If you were wondering what ‘speaking truth to power’ looks like,” Erica N. West wrote, “this it.”
“This is what being censored looks like. This is what white supremacy looks like. This is what patriarchy looks like. This is what condescension looks like. This is what being told ‘you, your issues and your life don’t matter’ looks like,” she continued. “THIS is why we say #BlackLivesMatter.”
West added that she’d never met Reveley before, but that her belief is confirmed that he “is not a benevolent grandpa, he is a man with an agenda that excludes students of color. Call it what it is.”
So, this guy takes the time to listen to your temper tantrum, tries to teach your something about the real world, and you’re not going to listen to him because his skin color’s different than yours?
These kids’ college education has done them no favors.
If you want to see the hour-and-a-half long video of the meeting, you can go here.
I guess there’s just no room in the world left for civil disagreement. Not as long as spoiled brats like Black Lives Matter absolutely HAVE TO have their own way.