University assistant dean defends critical race theory: 'All White people are racist'
Category: News & PoliticsVia: texan1211 • 2 months ago • 51 comments
By: Michael Lee (MSN)
Brandeis University Assistant Dean of Graduate Student Affairs Kate Slater defended the teaching of critical race theory, saying, "All White people are racist."
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"Yes, all White people are racist in that all White people have been conditioned in a society where one's racial identity determines life experiences/outcomes and Whiteness is the norm and the default. That includes me!" Slater said in a Saturday Instagram post.
Slater also made sure to clarify that while she doesn't "hate White people," she does hate "Whiteness."
Her comments come as debate rages across the country about the teaching of critical race theory, which several states have now either banned or have proposed legislation to ban in public schools.
"'Debates' about critical race theory," Slater said, "are often straw men for debates about whether or not systemic racism is real. And no number of statistics or facts that I could offer are going to convince people to 'see' systemic racism if they don't want to."
But critical race theory has faced fierce opposition from Republicans, with Rep. Burgess Owens saying that school officials who push the theory should be fired.
"Fire them. Get rid of them," said Owens, who is black and grew up in the Jim Crow South. "That ideology is against everything we believe in. We need to fire everyone we can find, and those we will fire, later on, we'll figure out a way to get rid of them, too."
Slater also maintains a website that describes her as "a White anti-racist scholar and educator."
"Her doctoral research centers the experiences of underrepresented minorities students in higher education, and in particular, at predominantly White institutions," the website adds. "She also investigates White racial identity formation and how racism operates individually, organizationally, and systemically. She leads facilitations, trainings, and affinity groups with K-12 institutions and universities, as well as with numerous private organizations."
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