A staffer at Smith College in Massachusetts said she is resigning from her position, saying the college has “created a racially hostile environment” while pushing for “social justice” initiatives.
Jodi Shaw, a white woman who describes herself as a lifelong liberal, said she turned down a settlement from the college so she can instead speak out, according to journalist Bari Weiss. The “hostile environment” was caused, in part, she added, due to so-called “anti-racist” programs in the college that allegedly target white employees.
Going further, Shaw said that her workplace subjects her to “additional scrutiny because of my skin color,” adding that she cannot work in a place in which “[her] personal feelings of discomfort under such scrutiny are not legitimate but instead are a manifestation of white supremacy.”
“This was an extremely difficult decision for me and comes at a deep personal cost. I make $45,000 a year; less than a year’s tuition for a Smith student. I was offered a settlement in exchange for my silence, but I turned it down. My need to tell the truth— and to be the kind of woman Smith taught me to be—makes it impossible for me to accept financial security at the expense of remaining silent about something I know is wrong. My children’s future, and indeed, our collective future as a free nation, depends on people having the courage to stand up to this dangerous and divisive ideology, no matter the cost,” Shaw concluded.
The Epoch Times reached out to Shaw and Smith College for comment.
Shaw has been publishing videos on her YouTube channel detailing what she describes as the creation of a hostile work environment at the Massachusetts college over the past three months.
Smith College President Kathleen McCartney issued a statement last year regarding Shaw’s videos.
Weiss, for her part, resigned as an opinion writer for the New York Times due to what she described as a hostile work environment rife with bullying.