The faculty director in the Office of Equity, Social Justice, and Multicultural Education at De Anza College in Cupertino, California, said her contract was not renewed after she questioned the school’s so-called “anti-racism” policies. The diversity director, who is a black woman, added that she experienced “hostility, harassment and bullying” after speaking out.
Dr.. Tapia Lee Tell Inside Higher Education reported that her contract was terminated after she questioned anti-racist “doctrine”, objected to the college’s recognition of Aboriginal tribe land, and attempted to bring a “Jewish inclusion” event to campus.
Lee added that additional reasons for the college not renewing her contract included her refusal to join a “socialist network”, her refusal to use the terms “Latinx” and “Filipinx”, and her inquiry as to why “black” was capitalized but not “white.”
The former diversity director, who is black, added that an employee at her diversity office accused her of “speaking white,” “interpreting white,” and supporting white supremacy.
Lee is now receiving support from the nonprofit, Foundation Against Intolerance and Racism (FAIR), and says she is not ruling out a lawsuit against the college.
“I encountered a lot of hostility; a lot of resistance to me even asking questions,” Lee told FAIR about her experience after asking questions about “anti-racism” language at De Anza College.
‘ when I started to ask [certain DEI initiatives in my workplace]… FAIR has been instrumental in protecting me so that I can continue to … serve and maintain our California Community Colleges as safe spaces for academic freedom and freedom of expression. ”
– Tapia Lee pic.twitter.com/xmQNbZn7Je
– Foundation Against Intolerance and Racism (FAIR) (fairforall_org) January 15, 2023
The former diversity director added that FAIR helped her “navigate the hostility, harassment and bullying from people who have embraced the New Reconstruction anti-racism ideology.”
“When I began to question and only ask about those things,” he told me, “I was subjected to massive and extreme ostracism.”
She added, “People literally attacked me for doing what I always taught my students to do, which is to think critically, respect diverse opinions and viewpoints, and exercise their freedom of expression.”
“When people can’t question diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts, it threatens our democracy,” Lee asserted.
A spokesperson for the Foothill d’Anza Community College District told Breitbart News that, “Without commenting on any specific matter, we can share that faculty have rights to due process and sweeping appeals under the law and to negotiate through their negotiation unit.”
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