Ethics Hero: Bluefield (Va.) College President David Olive


The players for Bluefield College’s basketball team had done “a Kaepernick” several times prior to their games in January and February, and after being warned by school officials that this conduct was against school policy and would be punished in the future, the team stayed in the locker room during the playing of the National Anthem in the next game. But on February 9, the Bluefield players decided to defy the college and kneel during the anthem. College President David Olive informed the team’s coach, that “there would be consequences.” There were. He suspended the entire team for the next game, thus forfeiting the contest.

Good. That is exactly what he should have done.

The students were warned, and decided to test the resolve of the college in their arrogant wokeness. Now they know that not everyone backs down.

The players then proceeded to demonstrate the deficits of the American educational system, including, sadly, Bluefield. They argued a double standard, because a pro-Trump rally held near the campus showed that some protests (you know, white protests!) are acceptable to the school, but not theirs. “So it’s OK for everyone to have a Trump rally with Confederate flags, but it’s not OK for us to kneel for our people who’ve fallen,” said one player who has been speaking for the team.

Try to follow, you ignorant child. The rally you cite was on a public street, and had nothing to do with the college. Are you following so far? See, a protest in a university facility before a crowd that paid to see a basketball game is not the same as a public protest. There is no right for student basketball players to hijack a sporting event for their own half-baked political statements. After you’ve absorbed that, come back and explain to me what you think are the facts showing that “your people have fallen” in circumstances different from how any other citizens have “fallen,” how it pertains to the National Anthem, and why you think marring sporting events accomplishes anything other than making presumptuous athletes feel like they are doing something productive, when they are not.

Olive tried to enlighten the students in a statement, saying in part,

“We are a private entity, not a governmental entity. We have policies and guidelines throughout the student handbook and the academic catalog that limit certain rights you otherwise might have elsewhere, such as in your home or in a public venue. The most important to me as it pertains to this matter, however, is what I shared earlier. When someone puts on a uniform or is performing a function on behalf of Bluefield College, that person is now representing Bluefield College. Heightened expectations are now placed on that individual as to what s/he can and cannot do or say as a representative of the College.”

Bingo. I would have preferred it if Olive left the statement of without trying to shift responsibility to others when he added that his decision to suspend the entire team was based “on my own awareness of how kneeling is perceived by some in our country, and I did not think a number of our alumni, friends, and donors of the College would view the act of kneeling during the anthem in a positive way.” But that’s college presidents for you: if enough wealthy and influential alums had applauded the kneeling stunt, he would have probably been out there on the curt kneeling with the team. Still, actions are what count. These days even a little courage and principle in the face of social justice propaganda is worthy of praise.

11 thoughts on “Ethics Hero: Bluefield (Va.) College President David Olive

  1. “So it’s OK…but it’s not OK….”

    Progressive theory precludes any sort of argument by analogy. If B wishes to do something today, A’s action yesterday justifies B’s action, and not because A’s action was substantially similar but because B’s rights are greater than A’s.

  2. Considering that a number of protests have broken out on campuses over alleged racist incidents that have occurred off-campus and/or by people unconnected to the college, I would agree that college students seem to be deficient in their reasoning. This doesn’t speak well of the admissions standards or the quality of instruction.

    • I’m beginning to wonder whether our grand children should attend some fairly obscure college. Maybe the silliness hasn’t percolated down to the countless lower tier schools. Maybe common sense still prevails in intellectual backwaters. Who was it that said some ideas are so dumb they could only be thought up by intellectuals? Maybe the more “prestigious” schools are gobbling up all the critical race theory experts. Maybe some actual education is going on in any number of schools that aren’t on people’s radar.

      • My family is strongly suggesting that my niece attend college locally and be a day student, so she is less likely to absorb the messed-up values of living in a totally woke environment. NO going to alcohol-fueled parties, NO having sex while still living on her family’s dime, NO far left bs, and NO joining violent protests.

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