FOX News reports that a middle school teacher in Oregon who launched her own mini leftist jihad, likening colleagues to pedophiles and warning them they’d be fired if they don’t agree to teach critical race theory, has been exposed by furious parents.
She also appears to have been fond of soliciting donations online.
The 8th grade humanities teacher at Cedar Park Middle School in Portland, who was dressed in pseudo-African garb and claims to be half black, told fellow teachers during a Zoom “equity conference” that if they held “those old views of colonialism, it’s going to lead to being fired.”
A video of the private web conference was leaked to YouTube in April by a group called Parents Defending Action (PDE). It quickly went viral after being shared on Twitter last week.
Katherine Watkins, who claimed to be half African-American in a 2020 interview, equated teachers who “do racist things’ with pedophiles.” She also said: “If you’re not evolving into an anti-racist educator you’re making yourself obsolete in this field of profession [sic].
“Our district is only getting browner and browner with our children and so obviously you can’t change your melanin alright? But you can change your mind, so that you can actually function in a district that is full of BIPOC (black, indigenous, people of color) children.”
One of Watkins’ social media accounts showed her posing with a Black Lives Matter sign with a clenched fist, with an appeal to send her donations via Cash App, PayPal or Venmo.
Parent groups, other teachers and commenters tore into Watkins. James Lindsay wrote: “This video is a perfect example of why we need to start taking back education from these so-called ‘anti-racist’ racists and manipulators who are abusing our kids to push their political agenda. Beaverton, OR, is out of control. Unbelievable.”
Allie Beth Stuckey commented: “This kind of mind virus is highly contagious and deadly. The best known remedy is to get your kids out of government schools immediately.”