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Dr. Kathleen McCartney
Dear President McCartney,
I am writing to express my disappointment and outrage that Smith College was recently named to the list of the Top Ten Most Racist Colleges & Universities released by the David Horowitz Freedom Center.
As the report notes, Smith College proudly portrays itself as a progressive haven, but when an African-American student falsely accused several white working-class staff members of racial discrimination, the college blindly accepted her racially-tinged narrative, even in the face of much evidence proving the opposite.
An independent investigation funded by Smith revealed that African-American student Oumou Kanoute’s story of being harassed for “eating while black” was blatantly false. Instead, the student was politely asked not to eat in a building that was closed due to its use as a summer camp for children. When she ignored these requests, a janitor, who did not identify her race, called campus security as he had been instructed to do. Kanoute then doxed these innocent university employees on social media. She uploaded photos, email addresses and other personal information of a cafeteria worker who was working at the time of the incident and a janitor who in fact had not even been on duty at the time, labeling them “racist.” The workers received hate mail and death threats as a result.
Despite the myriad flaws in Kanoute’s account and her malevolent actions toward Smith employees, Smith College has pushed forward with mandatory anti-racism training for all its faculty and staff and pushed for them to attend “White Accountability” groups on zoom where they might discuss their racial biases.
I respectfully ask that you immediately condemn the egregiously false and harmful racist narrative put forth by Kanoute and apologize to all the Smith employees whom she harmed with her false accusations.