Well, frankly, I'm not impressed with this article. It is full of misrepresentations and appears to be an attempt at damage control, damage brought on by Evergreen's own failings.
"But the real significance of this story has hardly been reported at all." Absurd. CNN or especially MSNBC would have been only too glad to report the 'real significance' that these authors would have wished for, had it really existed. Instead, they rail at Fox News and the right-wing media, as if 90% of the media weren't liberal or left-wing.
"White conservatives are not lacking in a freedom to speak...It’s women and people of color who struggle the most finding a platform – but there is a conspicuous lack of concern about that by free speech crusaders.” Another absurdity. I'll believe that when I hear of a mob of right-wingers shouting down a left-wing woman or person of color on a campus.
"At Evergreen, the Big Lie is that Evergreen’s Day of Absence demonstrated "reverse racism" as whites “were forced to leave campus because of the color of their skin.” It is stunning to us how often this “alternative fact” has been repeated until it has become unchallenged truth. The truth is that the Day of Absence has long been an accepted — and voluntary — practice at Evergreen." Yes, of course it was "voluntary", like Don Corleone making an offer that couldn't be refused. Prof. Weinstein found out the hard way what would happen if he refused to "volunteer". Weinstein's greatest sin against left-wing orthodoxy, of course, was that he went public and exposed the orthodoxy for what it is.
"Weinstein failed to correct Carlson’s sensationalist distortions of the Day of Absence. He did not explain the larger reasons for the Evergreen protests, characteristically putting himself at the center of the story. Weinstein had the right to do the interview, but that didn’t make it the right decision. His interview, and the subsequent tweets he sent about “black supremacists,” were judgment calls he knew full well would unleash vitriol and far-right threats against his colleagues." Blaming the victim, and failing to note that Weinstein in the above clip did indeed explain the "voluntary" nature of the Day of Absence.
"A toxic brew of “alt-right” (far right), white supremacist, anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant, and anti-Communist ideologies is growing along the West Coast that targets college campuses as a primary enemy, with Evergreen at or near the top of the list." Oops, the good professors let something slip there. Is being anti-Communist now in the same league with being a white supremacist in their eyes? I suspect so.
Overall, I find this article to be a polemic written by ideologues who are beside themselves that the goings-on at Evergreen got such wide publicity, and that they wrote it in part to cover their posteriors with the student radicals, to prove that they are ideologically pure.