In the end, no one was arrested, and SFSU is now glorifying those who attacked Gaines. Jamillah Moore, the Vice President for Student Affairs, commended the “protesters” as brave individuals who were in need of healing while forgetting to acknowledge the violence perpetrated by their hands.
The true victims in this instance, according to SFSU, are the shrieking, hysterical trans activists that physically attacked and abducted someone for exercising their First Amendment rights.
I’d call the comment tone-deaf, but it isn’t since it is exactly the tone that SFSU is aiming for, which is to suggest that individuals who do violent actions (or are generally insane) are the ones who have been victimized. Moore’s email even includes links to counseling and “equity and community inclusion” programs. Do not get me wrong: each and every one of those “protesters” requires therapy (and more), though not in the sense Moore suggests.
How else should I interpret that remark if not as an explicit acknowledgment that trans activists are above the rule of law, both in terms of the state and the colleges they attend? They appear to be able to attack individuals and violate others’ rights with impunity. At SFSU, you truly had a hostage-taking documented on tape, and the cops made no arrests while the institution congratulated the hostage-takers. What are ordinary people expected to do with that?
The solution is increasingly clearer: Get out.