Taylor Reveley III, the president of the College of William & Mary in Virginia, had no use for political correctness or mealy-mouthed words when a group of Black Lives Matter students issued demands to him, telling them, “I don’t deal in demands.”
The confrontation started when the students brought their demand to a livestreamed meeting. Reveley minced no words:
I don’t deal in demands. 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 female student patronized, “The suggestion thing. Interesting point. But I’m going to disagree.”
Reveley countered, “That is the beauty of the First Amendment.”