Brandeis University Assistant Dean Kate Slater marks the anniversary of George Floyd’s murder and insists that “all white people are racist,” hating “whiteness” even though she is Caucasian herself.
She describes herself as a “racial justice scholar and educator” on her social media platform, Instagram. She has 5,424 Instagram followers as of today.
She has posted recently, outlining the structure of her points and 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!” The educator wrote in all-caps.
She added, “I don’t hate white people – I hate whiteness.”
She uses her public platform in order to defend critical race theory, a theory that examines the ways in which race and racism influence the law, the culture, and the politics of specific environments.
Academia has been promoted by civil rights scholars in the past 40 years, recently coming under fire from educators and politicians that are mostly Republican-led. This has led to bans of teaching these topics in public schools and colleges. Some people believe that the theory is rooted in Marxism, using it to sow racism and division.
Slater had made her account private after releasing her public statement as it had gained traction. People who are supporting the critical race theory says that it emphasizes racial differences, brainwashing white children into feeling guilty about their color of their skin.
They also maintain legal and political systems that are racist, continuing to create more inequality between those who are colored and those who are of white skin. There are “debates” of critical race theory about whether or not systemic racism is real. There are no statistics that could offer enough evidence to see if systemic racism does exist because some people simply do not want to see it if they are not willing to.
Slater has a Bachelor’s degree in English and theater from Skidmore College, a Master’s degree in education rom Northeastern University, and has received a PhD in educational policy from University of New Hampshire.
On her personal website, she focuses on the “experiences of underrepresented minorities students in higher education, and in particular, at predominantly White institutions.”