They pretend to stand for diversity and what they call marginalized groups, but in fact they stand for no more than what you see in front of you: force. If you do not do as they say, the gangs will destroy you. Gangs at Reed demonstrated they can get their way, and destroy the college, the college’s president, and the college’s ideals in the process.
If prisoners actually do have valuable information, a skilled interrogator can obtain it without harsh techniques. Skilled interrogators do not exact revenge. They do not even need to make threats.
If government tortures and threatens people, how can they tell me what not to do? If the state requires me to report you for neglect, if you do not act the way I want you to act, why should I not incorporate coercion and threats in my business model? We observe extortion, intimidation, and manipulation everywhere. Why should I not participate if I can likewise gain an advantage?