A Portland eighth-grade teacher has just warned all other teachers in a recorded video session that they will lose their jobs if they don’t “come to the light and become anti-racist educators,” as The Blaze reports.
How did it all happen?
Katherine Watkins teaches humanities at Cedar Park Middle School in the Beaverton School District. In the Zoom video session, the teacher was wearing African-inspired garb and she started by introducing herself with the pronouns "she, her, we, and us."
As the session moved along she declared “I'm gonna say something' that's not nice and not sweet, but it's true,” according to The Blaze.
And then she read the following:
“If you're not evolving into an anti-racist educator, you're making yourself obsolete. ... Our district is only getting browner and browner ... Obviously, you can't change your melanin, all right? But you can change your mind so that you can actually function in a district that is full of BIPOC (black, indigenous, and people of color) children. So, if you're being resistant, I understand that. But you're gonna have to eventually come to the light. Because if you're going to keep with those old views of colonialism, it's gonna lead to being fired. Because you're going to be doing damage to our children — trauma. And so, as we fire the teachers who abuse our children, we will be firing the teachers who do racist things to our children and traumatize them. And while our district might not be completely on there, the Oregon Education Association is working on it, all right? The National Education Association is working on it. And so, it's just a matter of time; so, it's like you either evolve or dissolve.”
The Daily Caller has reportedly tried to get in touch with the Beaverton School District for comment, but not response was received.
Watkins has been a teacher since 1998. She has taught in the Beaverton School District for more than 16 years. The news outlet also revealed that she holds master's degrees in education and creative writing.
On her LinkedIn page, the Portland teacher points out that she’s an "Antiracist Educator" who's "Racial Trauma Informed.”