Kate Slater, assistant dean at Brandeis University, declared in an Instagram post that all white people, including herself, are racists.
According to Fox News:
“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!” read an all-caps Instagram post from Slater, who serves as assistant dean of student affairs.
Her comments touched on a raging debate over critical race theory and how public institutions discussed racism in the fallout of George Floyd’s death.
Many colleges have promoted materials asserting that racial minorities face systemic injustices that are perpetuated by White people. Critics, like Chris Rufo, have argued that these types of ideas constitute a form of “neo-racism.”
“‘Debates’ about critical race theory,” Slater 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 is an “anti-racist scholar and educator”