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Shame & Conformity at Smith College: the Case of Jodi Shaw

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Until very recently, Jodi Shaw was a staffer at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts where she made $45,000 a year, which is less than the yearly tuition at the school. Specifically, she worked in the Department of Residence Life. Jodi has been a liberal all her life and is an alumna of the college. In October of 2020, she posted a video to YouTube describing the atmosphere of outright racism she endured for at the college. Jodi had no interest in making videos or having her face on camera, but she felt she was out of options. You see, Jodi is white. To any sane person, this would be the least interesting and least meaningful aspect of her existence. But Smith College was relentless in insisting that Jodi’s skin color was the most salient aspect of her as a person.


Something is tragically wrong at American colleges and universities. The wider society first learned about the menacing and intractable problem of the social justice craze in academia with the case of Bret Weinstein, an evolutionary biologist and professor at Evergreen State University in Washington State who ended up leaving the university after the campus and administration were effectively overtaken by radical social justice warrior students and faculty members. The turmoil followed Bret’s refusal to comply with a demand that white faculty members and students be excluded from the campus for a "Day of Absence" in a bizarre effort to bring attention to issues of equality and equity. A more blunt way to state what happened is that the school began pursuing a racist program, Bret dissented and pointed out that basing a person’s right to speak or be on campus on their skin color was evil, and he was hanged as a result. Bret and his wife Professor Heather Heying, later resigned and reached a $500,000 settlement with the university, after having sued it for failing to "protect its employees from repeated provocative and corrosive verbal and written hostility based on race, as well as threats of physical violence".

This brings us to the present day, where colleges and universities across America have swallowed the social justice agenda wholesale. What was once confined to select departments within the university system, primary the social sciences, has now been adopted by the administrations in many universities. In many of these cases, administrators are peeing their pants from the terror of the prospect of being labeled personally or institutionally racist if they don’t go along with the social justice agenda and enact policies of so called “diversity, equity and inclusion.” Which brings us to the case of Jodi Shaw.

Until very recently, Jodi was a staffer at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts where she made $45,000 a year.. which is less than the yearly tuition at the school. Specifically, Jodi worked in the department of residence life.Jodi has been a liberal all her life and is an alumna of the college. In October of 2020 she posted a video to YouTube describing the atmosphere of outright racism she endured for too long at the college. Jodi had no interest in making videos or having her face on camera, but she felt she was out of options. You see, Jodi is white. To any sane person, this would be the least interesting and least meaningful aspect of her existence. But Smith college was relentless in insisting that Jodi’s skin color was the most salient aspect of her as a person. #JodiShaw #SmithCollege

Jodi's GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-jodi-stand-up-to-smith-college

Mike Nayna's video series on the Evergreen story: https://youtu.be/FH2WeWgcSMk


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