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Black Intellectuals Send Letter to Smith College President Demanding Apology for Workers Smeared as Racist

Black Intellectuals Send Letter to Smith College President Demanding Apology for Workers Smeared as Racist

“We didn’t march so that Americans of any race could be presumed guilty and punished for false accusations while the elite institution that employed them cowered in fear of a social media mob.”

We devoted extensive coverage to the race hoax at Smith College of Massachusetts, which smeared multiple people who worked for the school as racists.

A report from the New York Times blew the lid off the whole affair.

Professor Jacobson wrote in February:

NY Times reveals the devastation after Smith College capitulated to a false claim of racism

For several months we have been covering the story of Jodi Shaw, a now-resigned Smith College staff member who blew the whistle on racist “anti-racist” training which singled out and demonized “whites”.

When Shaw first told her story publicly, she emphasized an incident of a false allegation of racism lodged against Smith College staff members. We wrote about that in our very first post about Shaw, Smith College whistleblower hits campus Critical Race Theory indoctrination: “Stop reducing my personhood to a racial category”:

Shaw alludes to the fact that she or her colleagues have been mistreated by students, and Smith College has either encouraged or permitted this behavior, stating, “And, I think we all know what I’m talking about.”

Shaw appears to be referring to a 2018 incident, where a black student accused a custodial staff member of racism for calling Campus Police. The staff member eventually was exonerated, as Inside Higher Ed reported:

Smith College released a report Monday detailing an independent investigation into a July call to campus police and rejecting the idea that the caller was motivated by clear racial bias. During the call, a Smith College custodial employee reported a black student who was eating lunch and relaxing in the Tyler House residence hall living room. The student “seems to be out of place,” the caller told the dispatcher.

But as we indicated in our first post about Shaw, an exhaustive outside investigation cleared the staff members. It was a racism hoax, a false narrative that fed into an national narrative and altered the policies of Smith College.

But it did a lot more. I didn’t fully appreciate the devastation caused by that false allegation of racism on the working-class staff members until an investigation recently released by The NY Times, Inside a Battle Over Race, Class and Power at Smith College.

I was going to write about it last night, but as I read through the investigation, I found it hard to concentrate — the evil perpetrated at many levels of Smith College brought up a lot of emotions of what I’ve witnessed and have been shared with me about life on campuses. We have covered many of these cases in which false allegations of racism are weaponized as a power play to bring professors, fellow students, and administrations to their knees. It is a powerplay unfolding with increasing vindictiveness.

Please, read the whole Times article. It’s infuriating. The Times details how the lives of several working class staff members were destroyed by this false claim of “eating while black.”

Here’s a very short excerpt on the substance of what happened in the aftermath of the investigative report:

Less attention was paid three months later when a law firm hired by Smith College to investigate the episode found no persuasive evidence of bias. Ms. Kanoute was determined to have eaten in a deserted dorm that had been closed for the summer; the janitor had been encouraged to notify security if he saw unauthorized people there. The officer, like all campus police, was unarmed.
Smith College officials emphasized “reconciliation and healing” after the incident. In the months to come they announced a raft of anti-bias training for all staff, a revamped and more sensitive campus police force and the creation of dormitories — as demanded by Ms. Kanoute and her A.C.L.U. lawyer — set aside for Black students and other students of color.

But they did not offer any public apology or amends to the workers whose lives were gravely disrupted by the student’s accusation.

As a direct result of this debacle, 44 black intellectuals have sent a letter demanding an apology from Smith president Kathleen McCartney, demanding she apologize to the people who were smeared as racists.

Tobias Hoonhout writes at National Review:

Black Intellectuals Demand Smith College Apologize to Smeared Workers, End ‘Anti-Bias’ Training

More than 40 African American intellectuals are asking Smith College to end the “forced, accusatory ‘anti-bias’ training” that was mandated for campus service workers after a student falsely accused some workers of racially-profiling her.

The letter, obtained by National Review, was sent on Monday to Smith College president Kathleen McCartney by Bob Woodson, a veteran of the Civil Rights Movement and founder of “1776 Unites,” and 44 fellow black intellectuals. The signatories ask McCartney to “rethink how you have handled” the fallout over an alleged incident of racial profiling in the summer of 2018, and urge her to “publicly apologize” and “compensate” the school’s service workers that were caught up in the firestorm…

The letter’s signatories — scholars Glenn Loury, John McWhorter, and Shelby Steele among them — express disgust at the way McCartney has handled the situation.

“Many of us participated in the Civil Rights Movement, fighting for equal treatment under the law, which included due process and the presumption of innocence,” they write. “We didn’t march so that Americans of any race could be presumed guilty and punished for false accusations while the elite institution that employed them cowered in fear of a social media mob. We certainly didn’t march so that privileged Blacks could abuse working class whites based on ‘lived experience.’”

People’s lives were ruined over this. An apology would be the least the school could offer.


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About time. And note the courts themselves have been scared into silence.

Ninth Circuit rules that “the right to bear arms” does not include a right to bear arms. Relies upon 1870 Hawaiian Kingdom law as will as middle ages English law.

    Corruption is rampant in our government. No one, no court, no agency can be trusted.

    Secession. Begin the discussion.

      Secession discussion: Should we? Um, no, we can’t, no Constitutional guidelines for that. So, we can’t secede? Well, mostly, no.

      End of discusion. Next solution, please?


        Come on! You’re talking like every institution of our government is corrupt, Our elections are decided by jokes called “voting machines”. Our press is corrupt. Our country is being flood with illegal aliens. Our schools have become facist institutions existing solely to corrupt our young – and we have 2 generations of people too far gone to be of any use to the nation. Our budget deficit is so high, it is impossible to ever repay it. We are having race wars. We have poltical thugs roaming the streets looting, burning and killing with the tacit approval of the government in power. We have a chief justice to the Supreme Court who is as compromised as Kamala Harris! Half our judiciary are corrupted leftist freaks. Our military is being purged AGAIN (don’t forget the purge of middle officers under obama) and feminized. The Communist Chinese own most of our schools, and have bribed almost all of our politicans, along with all of hollywood and our media. Schizo burn-outs are living on every square inch of our city streets. Our own political party exists solely to stab us in the back.

        What piece of parchment is going to barge in and rescue us??

        It’s over, Fuzzy. We have to leave this hell behind, or we’re going to get eaten by it.

        TX-rifraph in reply to Fuzzy Slippers. | March 25, 2021 at 7:11 am

        FS, you may want to re-read the Declaration of Independence.. Trump was the strongest of leaders. How has that worked out? The left is working rapidly in the open to crush the counterrevolution. They are making sure we never have another fair election. 2020 is evidence that they can do that and get away with it. We do not even know who is running the country now. Biden is a figure head. Pelosi is taking orders. Do you really think the courts will deliver justice? The short term goal is to silence us and disarm us. Then, the cleanup is easy.

          The fix is to rely on the people, to take up and start using their arms intelligently. First as a show of force, then, if necessary, to execute traitors.

          The Declaration of Independence obviously pre-dates our Constitution. I’ve read it many times and have posted it to my personal blog. The point you are making is that we need a revolution to reject seemingly complete leftist (i.e. commie) rule. This is not about me not knowing our founding documents but about you substituting one for the other.

          Secession was not written into the Constitution even after the American Revolution. Why do you think that was? What evidence do we have from our founders that they believed a secession path for individual states of the union was a bad idea? How did they provide us recourse in extreme circumstances that might prompt ideas of secession?

          Here’s the thing, we are not going to secede, It’s not just Constitutionally impossible, but it’s logistically impossible. Which states secede? Red ones? With large leftist havens in their biggest cities? How does that work?

          Further, does any state have the resources to stand alone? By “resources” I mean everything from foreign powers acknowledging this new independent state to its ability to feed, meet energy/fuel requirements, be relatively self-sufficient, and be able to defend itself in a time of war (with no nukes, no military, no nothing).

          What state can possibly stand completely alone as a new globally-recognized country? Name one country that would recognize a new American “country” carved out of the union. Just one. You can’t because there isn’t one. And we’d need not just one country but the entire world to recognize this new country, don’t you get that?

          Beyond that, what are our resources, our military capabilities, our ability to even produce / import (from whom, since this new state will never be recognized as such and will thus not be able to import a damn thing except criminals, deviants, and spies?).

          I really don’t think you’ve thought this through. I think it might be a good idea to do so.

    randian in reply to puhiawa. | March 24, 2021 at 11:48 pm

    CA9 essentially ruled that the US constitution is not the supreme law of the land.

      puhiawa in reply to randian. | March 25, 2021 at 1:19 am

      As a Hawaiian family pre-annexation, I am most impressed as to the adherence to 1870 law, when every single citizen could buy a gun from any hardware store without a permit or registration as long as he/she was 16. . As an American I am appalled. To say there is a bit of difference between a kingdom and a republic is an understatement. ….Apparently we as a kingdom had more freedom of self-defense.

TheOldZombie | March 24, 2021 at 7:11 pm

Glad they are writing this letter. Hopefully it gets results.

Any white could have written the letter but that would present no problem to the woke movement.

Three black guys are a little more of a problem for the narrative but there’s always that they’re acting white. Selling out the race.

The woke have many well-worn paths to deal with it. I expect no effect. The dean may polish her woke creds by taking on these rebellious blacks, in fact.

The complaint has the usual right-wing mistake of accepting the original premise, that anything at all happened. The right always tries to be woker than the woke to avoid criticism.

If somebody official tells you to move, move. Just assume it’s their job.

    kyrrat in reply to rhhardin. | March 25, 2021 at 2:00 am

    You would be hard pressed to call any of the signee’s right wing. Delve into the folks behind the letter and leave your assumptions about who wrote the letter at the door. Check out Glenn Loury on substack, The Fair for All website they have started (They need to find out about what you are doing with CRT Professor), and Glen Loury and John McWhorter’s podcast on You Tube. These folks are old school liberals.

Allegations of diversity [dogma] require extraordinary proof.

Some wokescold editor must have taken the day off the day this was allowed to be published in the NYT

    Like the ACLU, every once in a while, they do something just, to hide their real intentions. We know their real intentions.

    SpeakUpNow in reply to healthguyfsu. | March 27, 2021 at 8:24 pm

    My favorite line in the piece by the NYTimes was when they said the young woman making these allegations was giving “her personal truth.” The word “lying” is reserved only for Trump supporters.

Smith College President Kathleen McCartney seemed so concerned about being viewed in a positive manner by the “woke” crowd that she violated the employee’s civil rights. She should be terminated. The College owes the employees back pay and punitive compensation for their mental anguish, damage to their reputations, etc.

The group of intellectuals who wrote Smith College are to be commended for standing up and sounding off for equal justice for all. We need more Americans to stand up and call for the end of this nonsense which is causing considerable harm to many across our country.

SeekingRationalThought | March 25, 2021 at 9:23 am

Smith is being run by horrible people. One can assume that Smith is producing even worse people. There is only one response, don’t hire Smith graduates

“We certainly didn’t march so that privileged Blacks could abuse working class whites based on ‘lived experience.’”

This should be branded on the hide of all Critical Race Theory teachers.

The white liberals who are leading the charge on Critical Race Theory are not interested in ending racism but in using it as a sledgehammer for breaking up any possible resistance for the communist takeover. As difficult as it is these days to keep friendships with my white friends, it has become impossible to do so with my black friends. There is no trust anymore among anybody and the Wuhan virus has completely destroyed any social fabric that healed racial divisions in the 1960s. The regressives have made sure of that.