A white university official called all white people implicitly racist and, in the process, herself.
Brandeis University Assistant Dean Kate Slater said this week she despises “whiteness” and believes “all white people are racist” in a fiery Instagram post.
“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 wrote. “I don’t hate white people – I hate whiteness.”
Below is the post obtained by The Federalist.
Slater has since made her account private. Brandeis University did not respond to The Federalist’s request for comment. Her comments came days before the one-year anniversary of the death of George Floyd.
The university leader’s personal website says she “investigates White racial identity formation and how racism operates individually, organizationally, and systemically” and “leads facilitations, trainings, and affinity groups with K-12 institutions and universities, as well as with numerous private organizations.”
Her work has frequently appeared in NBC News’s “Today” In one article titled “How to be an anti-racist and what new steps you should take,” Slater writes that “In our society, systemic racism still creates dramatically different life experiences and outcomes for communities of color” and “We live in a world shaped by race, and we’ve therefore been conditioned to have racist worldviews,” prior to referring to critical race theory pedaler Ibram X. Kendi. In another piece titled “Protests call to reform, defund and abolish police — but what do they mean?” the educator argues that the U.S. is “beyond redemption.”
In addition to her comments about white people, the Brandeis employee discussed critical race theory.
“‘Debates’ about critical race theory,” she 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.”
Slater lists past jobs focusing on race on her LinkedIn profile, including “Racial justice scholar, educator, and consultant. Higher education professional. Ph.D. in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies. Lecturer, Department of Education at the University of New Hampshire. Co-creator of the Anti-Racist Roadmap.”