Tabia Lee, fighter for freedom and a
They’re coming for you next: Tabia Lee, a black woman who was fired as faculty director for the Office of Equity, Social Justice, and Education [OESE] at De Anza College in California has, as promised, refused to go quietly.
As I reported in March, Lee was fired because she took the word “inclusion” literally, trying to establish a color-blind policy that would provide some aid and comfort to the Jewish students on campus who were experiencing almost daily incidents of harassment and bigotry, simply because they were Jewish.
Her reward? She was herself harassed, with some calling her a “dirty Zionist,” then denied tenure, then fired.
Since then she has not gone quietly into that good night. In July Lee suited De Anza College, as well as ten specific school officials, charging the school violated her First Amendment rights, California’s Constitution, and its Common Law in censoring and firing her.
Her name came up again this week because she wrote a blistering op-ed for the New York Post, blasting not only De Anza for its racist DEI policies, but blasting the entire “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion” movement as nothing more that a Nazi-like movement promoting bigotry and hate.
At its worst, DEI is built on the unshakable belief that the world is divided into two groups of people: the oppressors and the oppressed. Jews are categorically placed in the oppressor category, while Israel is branded a “genocidal, settler, colonialist state.”
In this worldview, criticizing Israel and the Jewish people is not only acceptable but praiseworthy. (Just as it’s OK to attack America and white people.) If you don’t go after them — or worse, if you defend them — you’re actively abetting racist oppression. I have never encountered a more hostile environment toward the members of any racial, ethnic or religious group.
…[The] outpouring of antisemitic hatred [after Hamas’ attack that tortured and killed more than a thousand people, including women, children, and babies] is the direct result of DEI’s insistence that Jews are oppressors.
Her solution? “Administrators and lawmakers need to get toxic DEI out of higher education.”
Will they? If the pressure from the public, donors, and people like Tabia Lee continues they just might. And if they don’t, then parents and students need to rethink how they choose the colleges they wish to attend. It seems idiotic to go to a place that teaches hate and bigotry, as it certainly won’t teach you to become a cultured adult. Instead, it will train you to become a warrior of hate, willing to justify the worst sort of murderous genocide in the name of saving the “oppressed.”
In the past two weeks we have seen ample evidence of that ugly training. Students across America have been aggressively protesting in support of Hamas, so much so that they have been actually threatening harm to any Jewish students they see.
This is the kind of hate that Tabia Lee discovered at De Anza College. Kudos to her for fighting back.