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In the least surprising, yet highly satisfying news ever, the fake Smith College hate crime we called out as soon as it happened has been thoroughly debunked as fake by a Smith College employee:
A longtime Smith College employee says a colleague’s July 31 call to campus police was “never an incident of racial bias,” but an honest mistake by a staff member who followed protocol after seeing someone in a building that was closed at the time.
“As staff, we are told that if there is a stranger in our area we are not to approach them; we should call Campus Police, which the accused staff member did,” Tracey A. Putnam Culver wrote in a letter to Smith College President Kathleen McCartney and other administrators.
The “stranger,” though, wasn’t a stranger at all, but 19-year-old Smith student Oumou Kanoute, who was relaxing on a couch while on break from an on-campus job. Kanoute posted an account and video of the incident to Facebook, writing, “All I did was be black.”
It’s amazing that the school took this fraud seriously. Amazing, but not surprising. If you are a woke person of color at on a college campus, you could pretty much say anything and the white guilt gestapo will believe you. Because falling for bullshit and pushing their narrative are the only things they know how to do.
Culver, who attended Smith through the Ada Comstock Scholars program and has worked at the school for 33 years, faulted Smith for its handling of an incident that she says could have been resolved before it blossomed into a controversy that has included national media coverage and an Aug. 31 rally at City Hall.
“A simple meeting between the student, the staff member, the responding member of Campus Police and a College representative could have solved this whole misunderstanding without the predictable social media circus and the associated histrionics. Why wasn’t such a meeting arranged immediately after the incident? Why did the College post inflammatory statements on the Smith website instead, essentially finding the staff member guilty before any investigating was done? The staff member has had a spotless work record for over three decades at Smith, handled the situation correctly and according to protocol, and has now been on leave for almost a month. How can this be considered fair and equitable?”
It’s so true. The school handled this about as well as the NFL handled the national anthem protest. They tried to take a middle ground by protecting the employee while also humoring the lying student to show how woke they were, and they ended up pissing off everyone.
“The incident has raised concerns in our community about bias and equity.”
That was there way of basically encouraging the Scottie Pippen-Otis Nixon love child to keep up the race-baiting.
In reality they should’ve just said, “The campus employee followed protocol, this student is overreacting for attention, and we’re not going to give into her silly demands because we don’t fire 30 year employees on the whims of a fake racial incident manufactured by a spoiled rich girl from New York.”
Culver, who works in facilities management at the school, said the worker who called campus police at 1:53 p.m. was scheduled to leave at 3 p.m., and was responsible for securing the building. According to Culver’s letter: “The student in question was, at the time, a College employee. She was supposed to eat her meals at her assigned dining area across campus but chose instead to eat lunch in a residential dining hall that was open for feeding students/summer programs. However, the house itself was closed on that day, July 31st and had been closed since the end of the academic year in May.”
Oh look, she wasn’t supposed to be in the building after all. Just like we said from the beginning. We also pointed out that the employee did exactly what the student handbook told the employee to do:
The campus police department’s most recent report under the Clery Act, meanwhile, urges students and staff to call campus police for a range of circumstances, from “Suspicious behavior in or around a residence hall or other building” to “Suspicious vehicles parked with the motor running.”
Culver pushed back on the idea that the employee’s call to police meant the worker was questioning whether a woman of color belonged at Smith.
“Nobody at Smith would ever approach a black student — especially a black woman — and think they didn’t belong there,” Culver said in an interview. “Especially not people who have worked there for three decades.”
I wanna kiss this woman on the lips. Respectfully of course. Because she is just destroying this false narrative. Good for her. This is what real bravery looks like. She’s putting herself out there on a campus where she will likely be called a racist for simply telling the truth. Most importantly though, she’s going to bat for employees, who make much less money than the parents of the students they serve, while withstanding the abuse these spoiled brats hurl at them in the form of fraudulent racism accusations….
Amy Hunter writes that, ‘Smith College does not tolerate race- or gender-based discrimination in any form. Such behavior can contribute to a climate of fear, hostility and exclusion that has no place in our community.’ I must say that Smith staff are now living in such a climate. Staff now feel at a loss as to how to keep their areas safe – ‘See something, say something’ will no longer be practiced. At this point the lives of three dedicated staff members have been seriously disrupted, their jobs have been jeopardized, they have been labeled as racists and have had nasty comments and threats directed at them. Predictably, staff morale is at an all-time low.
God bless this woman. She told the whole story, filling us in on details that the public wasn’t made aware of, but that we kind of assumed were the case….
The administration was so intent on their outrage that they failed to ask important questions of staff that could have cleared this issue up immediately.
The student in question was, at the time, a College employee. She was supposed to eat her meals at her assigned dining area across campus but chose instead to eat lunch in a residential dining hall that was open for feeding students/summer programs. However, the house itself was closed on that day, July 31st and had been closed since the end of the academic year in May. The student decided to leave the dining hall and lie down on a couch in the dimly lit living room. The staff member accused of unfairly confronting her was not wearing their glasses – she/he could not tell for sure whether the person on the couch was male or female, as can be seen from the use of different pronouns in the transcript.
Just like we said, the building was CLOSED and thus assume to be empty and Otis Nixon wasn’t supposed to be there. It looked like a dude on a female campus, so the employee did what the handbook said to do. End of story.
The accused staff member is perfectly aware that there are black students at the College; however, the staff person had no reason to think that the unknown person was a Smith student. When he/she said the person ‘seems to be out of place’, she/he was referring to the fact that the house was closed; this is made apparent when he/she says, ‘I don’t see anybody in the building at this point’. In other words, there were no folks coming in early for a summer program that the unknown person could have been a member of. Both President McCartney and Amy Hunter (Interim Director of Inclusion, Diversity and Equity) seem fixated on the idea that the staff member thought this person was ‘out of place’ at Smith because she was black. This is ludicrous – the accused staff member has worked on campus and in student residences for over 30 years. Oumou Kanoute’s own actions put her ‘out of place’, not the color of her skin. This was never an incident of racial bias.
Love how she calls out the inference from the hack president and “Interim Director of Inclusion, Diversity and Equity” for fanning the flames of racism. Anyone with that many buzzwords in their title is someone who gets paid way too much money to solve problems that don’t exist by creating more problems that didn’t exist until they got there.
We also pointed out that Northampton is a panhandler destination city, and Otis Nixon easily could’ve been mistaken for a drugged out zombie taking a mid-afternoon nap:
As staff, we are told that if there is a stranger in our area we are not to approach them; we should call Campus Police, which the accused staff member did. The call was made at 1:53 pm; lunch in the dining room was over at 1:30, so only staff should have been in the building at 1:53. The staff member leaves for the day at 3:00 and was responsible for securing the house. A dance program with many young children was scheduled to be housed in this dorm that weekend. She/he had no way of knowing if the person lying on the couch had come in off the street, or even if the person might have overdosed on drugs and needed help.
Boom. Hate crime debunked. Of course this will mean nothing to the race-baiters because they’ll just call this employee a racist, and Smith College will continue to be gutless and kiss this student’s ass while simultaneously trying to protect the employee.
Meanwhile, we’ll be over here doing what we always do – exposing liars and frauds like Oumou Kanoute.