No civil rights allowed for whites at Smith College
Fighting back against bigotry: Jodi Shaw, a former librarian at Smith College in Massachusetts, has sued the college for discriminating against her because she was white, and harassing her by forcing her to attend critical race theory indoctrination sessions that demanded she admit to racism and the evils of the white race.
While she worked there, Shaw “was denied a significant professional career advancement opportunity when she was told by her supervisors that they canceled an orientation program she organized ‘because you are white.’” She was also expected to run a “Residential Life Curriculum” in which students were directed “to project stereotypes and assumptions onto themselves and others based on skin color.” The college asked Shaw to maintain “affinity houses,” which consisted of student housing segregated along racial lines.
During a professional development retreat at which attendance was compulsory, Shaw “was publicly humiliated for not admitting to ‘white supremacy’ and ‘white privilege’ and was continually expected to submit to shaming and harassing group race therapy as an ongoing condition of employment.”
The college harassed her, Shaw claims in the complaint. When she objected to the offending policies and the racially hostile environment at Smith College, the “defendants retaliated against her, attempted to stymie her efforts to file an internal complaint, and then hedged and delayed their investigation. Defendants steadily removed Plaintiff’s job responsibilities, denied her promotional opportunities consistent with all of her colleagues, placed her on furlough, launched a pretextual investigation into her email usage, and deliberately made any further employment at Smith College impossible for Shaw.”
You can read the full complaint here [pdf]. It outlines in detail the incident that prompted Smith College to institute its Jim Crow mandates against whites. Apparently, a black student, Oumou Kanoute, made patently false accusations of racism against three college employees, a white janitor, a white cafeteria worker, and a security guard. Kanoute also doxxed the two white employees, subjecting them to threatening phone calls and demonstrations. The subsequent uproar forced that janitor to leave his job, subjected the cafeteria worker to years of public ridicule, abuse, and verbal threats, and caused the security guard to be removed from duty.
Apparently the college first accepted the accusations blindly, allowing these employees to be slandered, and only later quietly exonerated them when the facts showed it was Kanoute who was lying.
And despite that exoneration showing no acts of racism had occurred, Smith College still went ahead and instituted its program of critical race theory indoctrination for all its employees that specifically condemned all whites as evil and imposed discriminatory policies against whites. The atmosphere created by these actions made working at the college intolerable for Shaw. After she was placed on administrative leave she decided to resign.
She also decided to sue. Based on the facts in the complaint, she should win. The college clearly violated numerous civil rights and anti-harassment laws, as well as its own policies regarding employee treatment. Whether she will win remains unclear in these intolerant times. The courts are no longer reliable in defending the law as written, and often — like the corrupt legal system that protected the Democratic Party and its white leadership in the South during the Jim Crow era — works to protect the power structure now controlled by leftists and black militants.
Kudos however to Shaw for fighting. More people need to do this. They have the law as written on their side. Sooner or later the weight of those words will win out, if enough demand it.