A new video produced by James O’Keefe and Project Veritas shows one college administrator shredding a copy of the Constitution at the request of an undercover reporter.
Another administrator promised to destroy a copy of the nation’s founding document, and two other administrators made disparaging comments about the document to a Project Veritas reporter pretending to be offended by it.
In the video, the reporter approached several faculty members at Vassar and Oberlin Colleges and said that “the Constitution is kind of a trigger for me. Overall I see it just as a really oppressive document.”
“I mean, it’s not just me,” the reporter told Kelly Grab, assistant director of equal opportunity at Vassar. “I thought that Vassar wanted to create like a safe place here. You know, a place where students could walk around and not be scared of seeing discriminating things on campus.”
Eventually, the reporter suggested that shredding the Constitution could be “therapeutic,” and suggests that Grab destroy it. Grab then shreds the document.
Additionally, Colleen Cohen, faculty director of affirmative action and professor of anthropology at Vassar, told the reporter that “it’s horrible that this is something that has caused you such pain. … Can I destroy this?”
Wendy Kozol, chair of the comparative American studies program at Oberlin College, suggested that it could be productive to hold “some kind of open discussion about the Constitution, not from the way law and society people teach it, but a real critical look at the way in which the Constitution and everyday life causes people pain.”
Furthermore, Carol Lasser, director of Oberlin College’s gender, sexuality and feminist studies program, called the Constitution “an oppressive document. The Constitution makes change slow. It intends to make change slow.”