Much is being made of the performance of faux-negro teacher Katherine Watkins in a professional development Zoom meeting for teachers sponsored by the Beaverton School District. Beaverton Oregon is outside of Portland; outside of Portland the “browning” of the population with recent immigrants has been policy and is leading to predictable outcomes in student test scores and woke demagogy. Watkins may indeed have some precious quotient of black blood in there, but, ironically, it’s hard to make out behind all her extravagant signaling of blackness–to the point of caricature here. Something I’m sure not lost on people like, say, the more melanin-endowed Joy Brown next to her.
(Seems to me there’s a sweet spot for the ambitious mixed-race hustler, between one-quarter and one-half black, where one might inherit white qualities inherent to success, yet appear fully black enough to, for one thing, avoid the inevitable sorting out of the barely–or questionably–black strivers, that can be fairly anticipated as the negrophilia movement advances or declines from here.)
The point is an awful lot of damage is done by those with a more tenuous claim to black privilege, the fakers and the marginally melanated; they have to try harder, and will have to try harder still, whether their movement succeeds or fails, as the rush for spoils intensifies either way. Ridicule is appropriate but insufficient.
I’ve no idea how representative the above group is of Beaverton’s teachers, or students, but it’s significant the only white guys are Kevin the sign language interpreter and Josh Porter he, him. I’d like a peek into his psyche for some enlightenment on the effects of all this madness.
Watkins gives away the striver-element of the game, and her own appropriation scheme, in her screed:
Our district is only getting browner and browner with our children. 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 children.
No, you can’t change your melanin, but you can buy authentic African headdresses online.
The Equity-Anti Bias Anti Racist District Wide Summit 2021, “Equity ABAR Summit” above seems, beneath all the vapid platitudes, dedicated to making teachers more proactive in assailing their white students with critical race theory propaganda.
Anyway, Watkins sees the future and provides the answers, like another broadly comedic character: