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February 25, 2021

New York Times Reports on a Black Student Who Lied About Being Racially Targeted at Smith College, Claims A Lie Is Just Someone's "Deeply-Felt Sense of Personal Truth"

Via a different, more personal truth.

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. -- In midsummer of 2018, Oumou Kanoute, a Black student at Smith College, recounted a distressing American tale: She was eating lunch in a dorm lounge when a janitor and a campus police officer walked over and asked her what she was doing there.

The officer, who could have been carrying a "lethal weapon," left her near "meltdown," Ms. Kanoute wrote on Facebook, saying that this encounter continued a yearlong pattern of harassment at Smith.

"All I did was be Black," Ms. Kanoute wrote. "It's outrageous that some people question my being at Smith College, and my existence overall as a woman of color."

The college's president, Kathleen McCartney, offered profuse apologies and put the janitor on paid leave. "This painful incident reminds us of the ongoing legacy of racism and bias," the president wrote, "in which people of color are targeted while simply going about the business of their ordinary lives."

The New York Times, The Washington Post and CNN picked up the story of a young female student harassed by white workers. The American Civil Liberties Union, which took the studentís case, said she was profiled for "eating while Black."

The truth? The truth is that that dormitory was closed to students for the summer. It was being used only for a summer camp for very young kids.

And, you know, when parents have entrusted young kids to you, you restrict who can interact with them.

This woman went into this dorm anyway and... laid on the floor.

As she was not a young child, and the staff had been told to shoo anyone except the program's participants and officials out of the dorm, security was called.

And then began the screaming that she was being targeted for "being black," rather than being told to leave a place reserved for a summer camp for young children.


Ms. Kanoute was determined to have eaten in a deserted dorm that had been closed for the summer; the janitor had been encouraged to notify security if he saw unauthorized people there. The officer, like all campus police, was unarmed.

This was obvious from the start, but it did not stop the media, the ACLU, and Smith College itself from spreading word of another (fake) hate crime.

And despite the fact that the people who followed the schools orders and tried to get a student out of a restricted area had their lives overturned by cries of "racism!," no one has apologized to them, not the media, not Smith College, nor this racial arsonist student.

Smith College offered various concessions to minority students to make up for the non-hate-crime they did not suffer, but...

they did not offer any public apology or amends to the workers whose lives were gravely disrupted by the student's accusation.

And this nasty little bitch did attempt to publicly destroy these workers -- a janitor, a cafeteria worker. A lunch lady. You know -- those with all the structural racist power in our society.

The repercussions spread. Three weeks after the incident at Tyler House, Ms. Blair, the cafeteria worker, received an email from a reporter at The Boston Globe asking her to comment on why she called security on Ms. Kanoute for "eating while Black." That puzzled her; what did she have to do with this?

The food services director called the next morning. "Jackie," he said, "you're on Facebook." She found that Ms. Kanoute had posted her photograph, name and email, along with that of Mr. Patenaude, a 21-year Smith employee and janitor.

"This is the racist person," Ms. Kanoute wrote of Ms. Blair, adding that Mr. Patenaude too was guilty. (He in fact worked an early shift that day and had already gone home at the time of the incident.) Ms. Kanoute also lashed the Smith administration. "They're essentially enabling racist, cowardly acts."

Ms. Blair has lupus, a disease of the immune system, and stress triggers episodes. She felt faint. "Oh my God, I didn't do this," she told a friend. "I exchanged a hello with that student and now I'm a racist."

Ms. Blair was born and raised and lives in Northampton with her husband, a mechanic, and makes about $40,000 a year. Within days of being accused by Ms. Kanoute, she said, she found notes in her mailbox and taped to her car window. "RACIST" read one. People called her at home. "You should be ashamed of yourself," a caller said. "You donít deserve to live," said another.

Smith College put out a short statement noting that Ms. Blair had not placed the phone call to security but did not absolve her of broader responsibility.

Eh, so some unfashionably-middle-class white people (aka, whypipo) are being threatened and ruined over a lie.

But they're subhuman, so who cares? The smallest Narrative is worth more than any white person's life.

A report found that there was no evidence of any racial bias here.

In addition, Ms. Kanoute expanded her accusation to claim a "pattern of discrimination" lasting an entire year.

But they found no evidence of that, either. In fact, Kanoute could not even point to any evidence of this:

The report said Ms. Kanoute could not point to anything that supported the claim she made on Facebook of a yearlong "pattern of discrimination."


Smith College chooses to see the report as a "validation" of the racial wolf-crier's "lived experience."

Still, Ms. McCartney said the report validated Ms. Kanoute's lived experience...

And the New York Times, of course, chooses to frame it this way, too: As an unresolvable conflict, with no real answers, between established facts and some racial paranoid's (or racial hustler's) "deeply-felt personal truth."

The story highlights the tensions between a student's deeply felt sense of personal truth and facts that are at odds with it.

Well, those low-paid workers -- a janitor, an unarmed security guard, a lunch lady -- have some "deeply felt senses of personal truth," too, and those deeply felt senses of personal truth happen to align with the actual, factual truth.

But so what? They're white, so their facts don't count. This accuser is black, so her lies do count.

Is everyone enjoying the moderate centrism of the Biden years so far?

Say, when is that Return to Normalcy coming? The one promised to me by the NeverTrumpers?

None of this bothers the NeverTrumpers, who accept every Cult Doctrine that their leftist allies tell them to accept.

To defend oneself against unceasing aggressions from the left in a never-ending Culture War is to be an uncouth Culture Warrior oneself.

So NeverTrump never calls out the left for culture warring -- it only chastises the right for fighting back, or for even noticing it's being warred upon.

The left tells NeverTrump that it's "alt-right" to ever contradict a black person's claims -- even if they're proven lies, or at least proven to be racially-animated paranoid delusions -- and NeverTrump agrees.

Oh wait, I just remembered, there is one black person NeverTrump will gladly call a liar: Candace Owens, naturally.

But it's "alt-right" to contradict any other black person. It's "impolite." It's bad manners, you know.

To dispute any of the left's Cult Doctrines would cause upset among NeverTrump's leftist twitter pals and side-pieces, so it just isn't done, you know.


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