“You Have To Teach CRT”
She said: ”If you’re not evolving into an anti-racist educator you’re making yourself obsolete in this field of profession.”
Katherine Watkins, an 8th grade humanities teacher at Cedar Park Middle School in Beaverton, Portland, told colleagues during a Zoom ‘equity conference’ that if they were ‘going to keep up those old views of colonialism, it’s going to lead to being fired’.
Watkins also equated teachers who ‘do racist things’ with pedophiles, during an inflammatory statement that her colleagues were forced to listen to.
‘Our district is only getting browner and browner with our children and so obviously you can’t change your melanin alright? But you can change your mind, so that you can actually function in a district that is full of BIPOC (black, indigenous, people of color) children.
‘So, if you’re being resistant I understand that, but you’re going to have to eventually come to the light.
‘Because if you’re going to keep with those old views of colonialism it’s going to lead to being fired because you’re going to be doing damage to our children, trauma.
‘And so, as we fire the teachers who sexually abuse our children, we will be firing the teachers who do racist things to our children and traumatize them.’
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