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Critical Race Theorist Dena Simmons At Taxpayer-Funded Conference Says We Can’t ‘Let Whiteness Seep Into Us’

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Dena Simmons told teachers at an education conference backed by taxpayer dollars that we “can’t let whiteness seep into us.”


Dena Simmons, an “antiracist” activist who frequently rakes in thousands of dollars to lecture on critical race theory, told teachers at an education conference backed by taxpayer dollars that we “can’t let whiteness seep into us.”

“Let’s be real,” Simmons said. “We have our own bias and we have to begin to not let whiteness seep into us and engage in divide and conquer topics. We’ve got to have some solidarity.”

The remarks were made Thursday afternoon at the Indiana Black Expo conference, an event funded by several government agencies and state universities, as The Federalist reported last month. Indiana Black Expo is a far-left nonprofit that prides itself on “celebrat[ing] cultural diversity and inclusiveness across all races, ethnicities, nationalities, generations, socioeconomic levels and religious affiliations.”

Simmons gave a keynote address. The other was made by Bettina L. Love, a University of Georgia professor who also frequently tells people America is systemically racist. Simmons, who has made past remarks such as “whiteness will do whatever is necessary to protect its power” and “people will die of whiteness before giving it up,” spoke for about an hour.

The former Yale University staffer’s lecture was titled “Creating Equitable Environments Through Emotional Intelligence and Culturally Relevant Practices.” She discussed the ideas of equity, diversity, and inclusion and remarked on how white people have privilege and are racist. In a video obtained by The Federalist, Simmons displays several CRT-inspired slides, one of which says teachers must “challenge implicit bias.”

” …There is a tension between equity and efficiency,” she noted. ” …Equity takes more work …You can’t be emotionally intelligent without being culturally responsive.”

Critical race theorists typically use the term “culturally responsive” in place of equity (equality of outcome), and discussions of intersectionality. As Stanley Kurtz, a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, told The Federalist prior, the “culturally responsive teaching philosophy that grows out of critical race theory.”

At another point in the lecture, Simmons directly used the term “critical race theory,” proudly acknowledging her preferred dogma.

“Right now, I feel like in this age of anti-racism and critical race theory, teachers are feeling a little anxious,” she said.

Simmons made headlines earlier this year when The Federalist learned she was paid $175 a minute to criticize white people. She did not respond to a request for comment seeking information into how much she was paid by Indiana Black Expo.