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A black professor at The Ohio State University told a symposium hosted by Texas A&M University that Justice Clarence Thomas is not “authentically black” while adding she wouldn’t want him “teaching my damned kids.”
Dr. Donna Ford, whose focus is on Special Education, also said that having diversity of “skin color” among academics and educators, in general, isn’t enough and that one of the field’s biggest problems is white women, Campus Reform reported.
“There is a monopoly on education, where white females being about 85 percent of the teaching force, and then you know pretty much the same thing with white administrators,” she said without providing any further context.
“So white females I’m speaking to you, and I’m saying you’ve got to get your sh- stuff together,” she added. “But you got to get your stuff together because you know what, you’re the problem, and then you’re the major problem.”
In a subsequent interview with the outlet, Ford tempered her remarks somewhat, saying she didn’t mean “all” or a “majority” of white women.
“Not all, but I like to use the term ‘far too many’ and ten is far too many. We don’t need any racist teachers in education,” she said.
During her lecture, Ford claimed that “white fragility” is problematic in education, adding that “too many educational leaders are bystanders, fearful of white fragility, especially afraid to have White women’s tears show up, so they avoid a pedagogy of discomfort, and I believe in the pedagogy of discomfort.”
In her subsequent interview with Campus Reform, Ford explained further that educators “tend not to hold White women accountable because of perceived fragility,.”
She also said people tend to see white women as not being able to “handle feedback and criticism and asking them to make changes,” while black women are seen as “super strong” and can “handle anything.”
Ford continued to complain about perceived white-led racism in education during her lecture. She argued “when people talk about implicit bias, in my opinion, it lets racists off the hook. Because then they can say, ‘Oh, I’m sorry I didn’t mean it, it wasn’t intentional.’ Yea no, it was damn intentional; you know what you did.”
She also blasted a Dallas teacher who listed accused Kenosha, Wis., shooter Kyle Rittenhouse as one of several people students could consider writing about as a “hero” among other choices including 1960s civil rights activist Malcolm X and Indian anti-colonial activist Mahatma Gandhi.
Ford acknowledged that there were other choices including Martin Luther King, “but then had the fricken ‘caudasity,’ and that’s a term I coined, ‘caudasity’ not audacity but ‘caudacity’ to put Kyle Rittenhouse on that list. How the hell is he a hero?”
The special education lecturer then clarified her position on diversity in her profession.
“We need more diversity among educational professionals. And I don’t mean your skin color, I mean like I don’t want Clarence Thomas teaching my damn kids,” she said.
“Just because a person, an educator is black, does not mean they’re authentically black and have racial pride, and that’s why for example I used Clarence Thomas,” she said.
Thomas, a constitutional originalist widely considered to be one of the Supreme Court’s top intellectuals, historically and otherwise, is often criticized by black leftists who appear to place race over all other factors.
In a June 2019 interview with David Rubenstein, a financier and philanthropist, Thomas expressed his frustrations with what he deemed intellectual stereotyping that seemed to be directed at black academics like Ford.
Thomas said “people who will get very upset if someone said all blacks look alike are really comfortable saying all blacks ought to think alike.
“If you said that blacks should not be allowed to go to a library, you’d be against that. If you said that blacks couldn’t read certain books in the library, you would say that’s wrong. But now we are so comfortable saying that blacks can’t hold some of the ideas in some of the books in the library. That’s absurd,” he added.
During her lecture, Ford insisted there should be “more required” training on “equity, diversity, and inclusion.” She called it a “disgrace for any university to not have professionals, students, from all professionals get training in equity, diversity, and inclusion.”
“White students need to…see what others are doing in terms of major advancements,” she told Campus Reform.
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