Story of Smith College Student Shows It’s Time to Call BS on Systemic Racism

Fox News’ Tucker Carlson devoted the first portion of his Thursday night program to the story of a 19-year-old student at Smith College, an all-female liberal arts school in Northampton, MA. With an endowment of nearly $2 billion and an annual tuition of over $75,000, Smith is a wealthy institution.

Oumou Kanoute is a young black student from New York. Before entering Smith, Kanoute attended boarding school at the prestigious Westminster School in Connecticut.

Kanoute was working the summer program at Smith in July 2018. On July 31, while eating her lunch in a campus building, Kanoute had an encounter she believes was oppressive. A clip of the friendly, brief exchange begins at 2:15 in the video below.

She explains: “So, I’m sitting down minding my damn business and someone calls the cops on me while I’m just chilling. This is why being black in America is scary.”


MAN: How you doing?

KANOUTE: Good, how are you?

MAN: We were wondering why you were here.

KANOUTE: Oh, I was eating lunch. I’m working the summer program, so I was just relaxing on my couch …

MAN: Oh, just taking a break. So you’re with one of the summer programs?

KANOUTE: Yeah, I’m actually a TA …

MAN: So that’s what it was …

KANOUTE: Yeah, I mean, it’s OK. It’s just, like, kind of, stuff like this happens way too often where people just feel, like, threatened.

That night, Carlson reports, Kanoute posted on Facebook that this incident was “proof of vicious racial discrimination.”

She wrote “All I did was be black[sic]. It’s outrageous that some people questioned my being at Smith College and my existence overall as a woman of color.”

Carlson tells the story:

Kanoute then accused a cafeteria worker, a woman called Jackie Blair, of being a racist even though Blair was not involved in the episode. None of this made any sense, yet institution after institution took Kanoute’s side over that of an hourly worker, and they did so immediately. The ACLU claimed that Kanoute had been singled out for “eating while Black.”

The media came to the same conclusion. A few days after the incident, Kanoute appeared on ABC’s “Good Morning America” to explain that she didn’t feel safe at Smith anymore, not even in its art gallery or botanical garden.

KANOUTE: I see the cop walk in with a Smith employee, whom I’ve never seen before, and the man asked me, ‘We were wondering why you’re here.’ … It just still upsets me to just talk about it, because I don’t even feel safe on my own campus and I’m away from home. I’m the first in my family to go to college.

The president of Smith College, Kathleen McCartney, did not wait for an investigation to find out exactly what had happened. … She suspended the janitor who called campus security the first day, then she launched White accountability seminars to immediately reeducate and browbeat all White employees at Smith. Even as she singled out her colleagues on the basis of their skin color, McCartney declared in a statement that singling people out because of their skin color is wrong, concluding with no evidence whatsoever that that is exactly what happened.

“This painful incident reminds us of the ongoing legacy of racism and bias, in which people of color are targeted while simply going about the business of their ordinary lives,” McCartney wrote.

What happened next is documented at length in a recent New York Times piece. Here’s the short version: Jackie Blair and the other employees falsely accused of racism by the school had their lives completely upended. Kanoute posted Blair’s name, photograph and email address on social media and then called her a “racist.” She also published the name and photograph of a janitor who was not even involved in the episode. People showed up at Blair’s home, threatening her and putting threatening letters in her mailbox.

In the end, an investigation found no evidence of racism in this incident, but Smith effectively ignored the investigation and its results. McCartney announced, that “is impossible to rule out the potential role of implicit racial bias.” In other words, the janitor, the cafeteria worker and the security guard can’t prove they’re not racist, so they probably are implicitly.

McCartney issued no public apology of any kind to the employees she had just slandered or suspended. Neither Kanoute nor the ACLU have apologized, either. They claim the workers targeted Kanoute for her skin color, and they kept claiming that. Consider this remarkable statement from a man called Rahsaan Hall, who is both the racial justice director for the ACLU of Massachusetts and Kanoute’s lawyer:

“It’s troubling that people are more offended by being called racists than by the actual racism in our society. Allegations of being racist, even getting direct mailers in their mailbox, is not on par with the consequences of actual racism.”

In other words, if you’re falsely accused of racism and you don’t like it, that’s evidence you’re racist, especially if you’re a janitor.

You could not find a more perfect distillation of the moment we are living through right now. Kanoute, one of the most privileged people on Earth, is telling us that she is being oppressed by her servants. Yet, rather than laughing her out of the room or sending her for a psych evaluation, all the other privileged people nod in vigorous agreement and start punishing the staff. We’re going to look back at moments like this one in shame.

If you have a few minutes, watch Carlson’s interview with two long-time liberal staffers who found the administration’s handling of this incident to be inappropriate.

If we don’t open up our eyes and call BS on the left’s attempt to declare every white person in America a racist, and every mixed-race encounter oppressive, we will lose our once-great nation which is currently on life support.

The only oxygen Kanoute deserves after so grossly misrepresenting the above incident would be the request for an apology to those whose lives she disrupted.

Blame for the dramatic rise in racial hostilities in the U.S. can be laid at the feet of Democrats.

It all began in 2016 with the left’s feverish campaign to destroy the candidacy and then the presidency of Donald Trump and it continues to this day. It’s poisoned our political discourse and has divided Americans.

They have pushed a series of narratives, some of which have come and gone, usually after they’ve been debunked by diligent Republicans like California Rep. Devin Nunes. Others, such as the perception that Donald Trump is a racist, have persisted. They were all intended to undermine his agenda.

Often, as one narrative fades, a new one emerges to replace it.

None of us can forget special counsel Robert Mueller’s disastrous appearance before the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees on July 24, 2019, which ended the Democrats’ hopes for impeaching Trump based on Russian collusion. The following day, desperate for anything to tie around the President’s neck, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and the repellent Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) injected their venom into the President’s ordinary phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

The accumulated effect of their actions has been a gradual diminishment of our once formidable nation.

Although Democrats now control both chambers of Congress and the White House, it’s not enough. It never is for them.

The gaslighting continues. Their latest canard is that all of Trump’s supporters are racist. In fact, we are domestic terrorists who need to be closely monitored.

This brings us to where we’re at today. The worst thing one can be called in today’s America is a “racist.” This label can cost one a job, a business, a platform, or even one’s friends.

Slavery was certainly an atrocity. But no one alive in America today is responsible for it or could have stopped it. It is an unfortunate part of American history that will never be erased. Much of the past is like that.

And frankly, African-Americans don’t have a monopoly on oppression and cruelty. Throughout history, many peoples have been persecuted.

When my grandmother was a child growing up in Romania in the early 1900s, she watched a communist official walk into their home and shoot her father dead.

The people of Romania are not to be blamed or made responsible for the depravity of a long-dead communist thug.

It is ludicrous to me that Kanoute considers the July 2018 encounter to be oppressive. And it’s even more ludicrous that the college’s president would agree with her.

This new standard is weakening the American people and poses an existential threat to the country.

Even French President Emmanuel Macron believes the degree of wokeness has reached dangerous levels in the U.S. and worries it might infiltrate his own country.

According to an op-ed in The New York Times earlier this month, many French “politicians and prominent intellectuals” believe that America’s new woke culture has gone too far and now poses an existential threat to the French republic and identity.

Specifically, they are concerned about the dangerous social theories on “race, gender and post-colonialism”, which they view as forms of separatism.

In an October speech, Macron said the threat to French culture lies in “[c]ertain social science theories entirely imported from the United States.” He is absolutely correct.

I’d like to conclude by saying to those who find racism and oppression to be so unbearable in America, go look for a country that is less racist and offers greater opportunities for minorities.

I don’t think you’ll find it.

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      • No question about the concentrated focus on ousting Donald Trump but it could have been anyone with a heartbeat that represented liberty, the Republic, Law & Order and free markets that they hate. I’m MOST concerned about the Marxist brainwashing of children along the lines of what Mark posted.

  1. When society went to sleep and allowed the left to take complete control over what kids get taught in public schools, that was just the beginning of a seriously bad project. I never got taught any of that. Not that my education was especially good, but it was adequate for me to do what I wanted to make life rewarding. Kids are being subjected to mild and continuous brainwashing, it seems from kindergarten to however far they go.
    I wonder if they still teach the basic three Rs, anymore, because it takes a lot of time to make a child into something this unnatural, and, from what I understand, employers are having a hard time finding qualified applicants in many fields.
    Well, there goes a generation or two. This is pretty sick stuff.

  2. As to finding a better place, the AT article helps to highlights some of the historical context of slavery.

    Your grandmother’s experience reminds me of the objections made to a Liberian friend of mine (a district judge) who was trying to bring peace to factions who were unreconciled to one another, “They killed our family members right before our very eyes. How can you talk about forgiving them?” Yet, through persuasion and showing what life would be like without forgiveness, and through the grace of God expressed through this woman, the two tribes made peace and “cut the chicken” as she said, referring to the shared meal that they ate when they made peace with each other. I would love to go there to see if the peace still stands. It was a beautiful and hopeful story proving that the unthinkable is possible.

      • How is it that such factual observations can be traded for a narrative? And I ask sincerely. Has anyone seen a discussion where facts like these are discussed and shown to be irrelevant to the narrative? Or, like Levine’s responses to Rand Paul, are the facts just ignored and the narrative repeated psittacistically? “Let it go into the record that the witness refused to answer [the very specific] question…”

        From a Biblical perspective, VODDIE BAUCHAM (like Sowell in his own broad writings) has some clear sounding discussion on topics relevant for this American crisis, e.g.

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